Press Release) With an exterior that carries over
the full flavor of Lancer Evolution's spartan road machine image and
a high quality interior with a functional layout that encourages the
driver to concentrate solely on operating his machine, MITSUBISHI
Concept-X points to way a new-age Evolution design that is as
handsome and purposeful as it is functional.
In the mechanical components department, MITSUBISHI Concept-X mates
a turbocharged aluminum cylinder block MIVEC engine to a
high-performance 6-speed auto-manual transmission. Extensive use is
made of aluminum in the roof, engine hood and other body panels.
Chassis performance has been substantially improved with the
introduction of Mitsubishi's latest 4WD-based Super All Wheel
Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control system. The incarnation of
driving pleasure, this highly advanced technical specification makes
MITSUBISHI Concept-X a showcase on wheels for Mitsubishi Motors'
quintessential road performance technology.
The team has crafted a form with lines that are purposeful and
handsome; a form that symbolizes the New Mitsubishi Motors Design
while retaining the spartan performance image that defines the
Lancer Evolution series.
Distinguished by its eye-catching oversized grille, the front visage
borrows design cues from a jet fighter to hint broadly at the huge
quantities of air it draws in and at the car's road-hugging
stability. The brand-identifying 3-diamond logo on the leading edge
of the engine hood is another distinguishing element of the new-age
The simple and functional layout of the cockpit is put together in a
design that encourages the driver to concentrate fully on operating
his machine. The design team has spared no effort in developing
coloring and lighting that engender a keener competition look to the
interior. The black keynote interior color uses silver counterpoints
to impart the material look of aluminum and create a more dynamic
and athletic looking interior space.
MITSUBISHI Concept-X is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC
intercooler-turbocharged engine that delivers instant response at
all engine speeds with flat torque that keeps pulling up to the red
line. MITSUBISHI Concept-X uses a clutchless 6-speed auto-manual
transmission that realizes slicker shifting and higher transmission
efficiency than a regular manual gearbox. Paddle shifters mounted on
the steering column allow the driver to concentrate on his steering
better and enable drivers of all abilities to experience the
satisfying pleasure of sport driving.
• Body and chassis
The ring-structure frame design realizes a significant increase in
body stiffness, while the use of aluminum in the engine hood, trunk
lid, fenders, roof and front and rear door panels reduces weight.
Reducing weight in the roof and upper parts of the body lowers the
center of gravity, while weight reduction in the doors, engine hood,
trunk and other peripheral elements reduces the moment of inertia
for better steerability. Weight reduction, lowering the center of
gravity and reducing the moment of inertia all contribute to better
motive performance and better handling.
The suspension features a MacPherson strut at the front and a
multi-link arrangement at the rear. Working in concert with
Mitsubishi Motors' "Roll Control Suspension" technology, this design
delivers very high levels of ride and road holding.
• On-board Multi-Media System
The On-Board Multi-Media System complements the interior design in
the way it encourages a dialogue between driver and machine. The
high-definition LCD monitor provides a real-time display of vehicle
and S-AWC operating status while also displaying on-board navigation
system maps and DVD audio controls. Rear seat passengers have their
own LCD displays at the back of the front seats that allow them to
share with the driver driving-related information and to share the
• Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC)
MITSUBISHI Concept-X showcases Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC)
vehicle dynamics control technology. A further step up the
evolutionary ladder of Mitsubishi Motors four-wheel drive traction
and handling technology well proven in the Lancer Evolution and
other series, S-AWC realizes cutting-edge levels of vehicle dynamics
control. Based on Mitsubishi's full-time 4WD system, as used in
Lancer Evolution, that is built around ACD*3 and Super AYC*4
component technologies, S-AWC adds Active Brake Control, Active
Steering System and Roll Control Suspension technologies to realize
a fully integrated system.
• MITSUBISHI Concept-X specifications
Overall length (mm) 4530
Overall width (mm) 1830
Overall height (mm) 1470
Wheelbase (mm) 2650
Track: F/R (mm) 1565 / 1565
Seating capacity 4
Wheels 20 x 9J