Machine Design

The Next-Generation 2008 Lancer

Mitsubishi is one of the automakers introducing new models at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

Julie Kalista
Online Editor

This year's show will make the debut of Mitsubishi's 2008 Lancer compact sport sedan that features a "shark nosed," front-end inspired by jet fighter air intakes, a wedge-like profile and taut lines. The car is based on a new performance-engineered global platform, with a longer wheelbase and wider track, but is shorter in overall length than the previous model. All Lancer models are powered by a 2.0-L 152 hp aluminum DOHC MIVEC four-cylinder engine (143 hp PZEV in Calif.) teamed to a five-speed manual transmission. The sedan has an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), that features a six-step Sportronic mode using magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters. It is available in three levels of trim and driving dynamics: DE, ES, and GTS.
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