Mitsubishi will debut its second car based on its new global platform at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, in the form of the all-new, four-door Lancer small sedan. The first car built on the global platform was the second-generation Outlander crossover, but the Lancer is much more significant as it’s the company’s highest-volume seller.
Designed at Mitsubishi studios in both Europe and Japan, the Lancer sedan will look similar to the 2005 Concept-X and Concept-Sportback show cars. Key features are its low stance, long hood and short deck proportions as well as the trademark "shark nose" and aggressive headlights.
The production version will be launched gradually across the globe starting in spring next year, with the United States being the first market. Power will come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a high-output versions of which will eventually feature in a new Evo model. A diesel engine is expected to debut for the first time.
Representing a multi-million-dollar investment, the car's new platform, referred to as Project Global, will support the launch of several new Mitsubishi vehicles over the next few years as well as cars from the likes of DaimlerChrysler and Peugeot Citroen.