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Mitsubishi Motors Lineup at 2008 North American International Auto Show

January 14th, 2008



Tokyo, January 14, 2008 8212; Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. (MMNA, based in Cypress California) will give the MITSUBISHI Concept-RA*1 its global premiere at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (the Detroit Motor Show). MITSUBISHI Concept-RA is a sport coupe concept that fuses a passion for dynamic, exciting driving with a heightened sensitivity for the environment thanks to a clean, efficient drivetrain. The concept is powered by a new high-output, high-efficiency clean diesel engine and Twin Clutch SST*2 automated manual transmission, driving Mitsubishi Motors' advanced S-AWC*3 vehicle dynamics control system. The 2008 NAIAS runs from January 13 to 27 at the Cobo Center in Detroit and opens to the general public on January 19.

Also on the MMC stand at the Detroit Motor Show will be two new additions to the Lancer*4 series. The 2.0-liter Lancer sedan is joined by a new a 2.4-liter DOHC MIVEC*5 engine variant and, in the summer, will also be joined by the Lancer Ralliart model. The Ralliart will be powered by a new 4-cylinder 2.0-liter MIVEC turbocharged engine that develops maximum output 177 kW (240 PS) and 343 Nm (35kg-m).

MMC will also be showing its new-generation high-performance 4WD sedan Lancer Evolution*6 (unveiled in fall 2007) that gives drivers of all abilities access to Mitsubishi's dynamic driving experience by underpinning exhilarating road performance with intuitive control, security and safety. The MMC stand will also feature a chassis model of Mitsubishi Motors' S-AWC vehicle dynamics control system while visitors may physically experience the benefits conferred by this advanced system in the "S-AWC Theater" simulation booth. Exhibits underlining Mitsubishi Motors' commitment to environmental responsibility and used in the MITSUBISHI Concept-RA include: a fuel-efficient next-generation clean diesel engine developed to U.S. emissions standards (Tier 2 Bin 5 emission regulations); the Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission, which realizes superb levels of power transmission efficiency; and a selection of interior trim materials using Mitsubishi's own Green Plastic plant-based resins.

*1  Road Alive

*2 Sportronic Shift Transmission for North American market
(Sport Shift Transmission for the Japanese market)

*3  Super All Wheel Control

*4 Galant Fortis for the Japanese market

*5 Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system

*6 Lancer Evolution X for the Japanese market

MITSUBISHI Concept-RA

Illustrating the fact that thrilling performance and environmental responsibility need not be mutually exclusive concepts, MITSUBISHI Concept-RA features the S-AWC vehicle dynamics control system and the Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission used in the Lancer Evolution. The car is powered by a new high-output, high-efficiency clean diesel engine and uses an aluminum space frame body to reduce weight.

(1) Design

Developed as a "MMC technology showcase", the design uses stylish sport coupe proportions wrapped in dynamic flowing lines that give powerful and eloquent expression to the car's advanced technological features. Muscular wheel arches housing 21-inch wheels give graphic expression to the powerful drive torque and stopping power that Mitsubishi's S-AWC vehicle dynamics control system transmits so effectively to the road surface, while an exposed engine cover highlights the presence of the car's new powerful and clean diesel engine. MITSUBISHI Concept-RA also sports the inverted-slant nose with trapezoidal grille fascia that marks Mitsubishi Motors new design identity, suitably tweaked to reflect the car's sport coupe attributes.

MITSUBISHI Concept-RA uses red exterior coloring that graphically accentuates the beauty of its fluid body lines, counter-pointed by a matte black engine hood that imparts a strongly mechanical flavor.

The interior has been developed to show a fusion of tradition with leading-edge touches. The cockpit's wrap-round control layout uses minimal visual instrumentation and optimizes the switch and control layout. This reduces the driver's physical and mental workload, allowing full concentration on driving. The interior also makes extensive use of fine-quality natural materials in a design that delivers a reassuring presence and peace of mind.

(2) Technologies

The MITSUBISHI Concept-RA's S-AWC driveline adds Active Steering and Active Damper to the ACD*1, AYC*2, Sport ABS*3 and ASC*4 components that make up the system used on Lancer Evolution. S-AWC integrally manages these systems to realize advanced levels of control over drive torque and braking at each wheel, thereby raising traction, cornering and vehicle stability levels. All this adds up to intuitive, on-demand vehicle behavior that faithfully reflects driver intent under all driving conditions, from everyday use to emergency avoidance situations.

MITSUBISHI Concept-RA is powered by a new high-efficiency and low-emission 2.2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve turbo-diesel engine with MIVEC, which switches between low and high-speed cam profiles to drive intake valves, and piezoelectric injector common-rail direct fuel injection, allowing the use of a lower compression ratio. And with its VD/VG (Variable Diffuser / Variable Geometry) turbocharger producing optimum boost characteristics at all times, the clean diesel unit delivers a maximum output of 150 kW (204 PS) and maximum torque of 420 Nm (42.8 kg-m). For compliance with Tier 2 Bin 5 emission regulations in the United States, the clean power unit uses a new catalytic converter system that brings together diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), NOx trap catalyst (NTC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) technologies.

For improved crashworthiness and to reduce weight MITSUBISHI Concept-RA features a new body structure using an aluminum space frame made from extruded aluminum sections and die-cast aluminum members, as well as engine hood, fenders and other outer panels made from high impact-resistance and easily recyclable plastic resin.

*1 Active Center Differential

*2 Active Yaw Control

*3 Sport Antilock Brake System

*4 Active Stability Control

MITSUBISHI Concept-RA specifications

 

Overall length (mm)

4,445

Overall width (mm)

1,895

Overall height (mm)

1,315

Wheelbase (mm)

2,635

F/R track (mm)

1,605 / 1,605

Occupants

2

Engine

2.2-liter Clean Diesel

Max. output

150 kW (204 PS)

Max torque.

420 Nm (42.8 kg-m)

Driveline

Full-time 4WD (S-AWC)

Transmission

Twin Clutch SST

Tires

285/30R21



Lancer Ralliart

The Lancer Ralliart model is a new grade designed to reinforce the sporty identity of the Lancer family (Lancer, Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Evolution) using aggressive styling and driving performance that bridges the gap between the Lancer and the Lancer Evolution.
Lancer Ralliart is powered by a new 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC intercooler/turbocharged engine that develops maximum output of 240 PS. The engine is mated to Mitsubishi's Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission that delivers high-efficiency power transmission and enhances the sporty driving qualities of the car with lightning-quick and silky-smooth shifting. The full-time 4WD driveline features Mitsubishi's Active Center Differential (ACD). The unit employs an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential, vectoring drive torque to the front/rear according to different driving conditions to realize the best balance between steering response and traction characteristics. Lancer Ralliart is distinguished by its more aggressive styling that features an exclusive front bumper design, rear air dam, dual mufflers and an intake in the lightweight aluminum engine hood that delivers cooling air to the turbocharger.
The interior places greater emphasis on function and operability using the manual gearbox-type shifter found on the Lancer Evolution and other elements to create a new-generation sport compact sedan cockpit that allows the driver to focus completely on driving.

Lancer Ralliart specifications

 

Overall length (mm)

4,570

Overall width (mm)

1,760

Overall height (mm)

1,490

Wheelbase (mm)

2,635

F/R track (mm)

1,530 / 1,530

Occupants

5

Engine

2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC
with intercooler/turbocharger

Max. output

177 kW (240 PS)

Max torque.

343 Nm (35 kg-m)

Driveline

Full-time 4WD (with ACD)

Transmission

Twin Clutch SST

Tires

215/45R18


Mitsubishi Motors lineup at 2008 Detroit Motor Show

Model

No. on display

Remarks

Press days

Public days

MITSUBISHI Concept-RA

1

1

Show car. Global premiere

Outlander
Dakar Rally support car

1

1

Show car. Same model
as 2008 Dakar Rally support car

Lancer Ralliart

1

1

New model

Lancer with 2.4-liter engine

1

1

New model

Lancer

-

1

Galant Fortis for the Japanese market

Lancer Evolution

1

1

Lancer Evolution X for the Japanese market

Lancer EX2000 Turbo

1

1

Placed 3rd in 1982 Finland 1000 Lakes Rally

Starion Turbo

-

1

The Proto-type vehicle for touring car races
from 1984 to 1988

Galant GTO

1

1

R73-X. Shown at 1972 Tokyo Motor Show

Outlander

-

1

 

Eclipse

-

1

 

Eclipse Spyder

-

1

 

Galant

-

2

Built in North America

Endeavor

-

1

Built in North America

Total

7

15

 


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