Three UK-specific models will be offered: the FQ-300 priced at £27,999, the FQ-320 priced at £29,999 and the FQ-340 which is priced at £32,999.
A redesigned front bumper echoes the style of Mitsubishi’s latest World Rally Car and incorporates additional cooling ducts. At the rear, the new bumper features a diffuser for improved aerodynamics.
The interior retains the Recaro sports seats and Momo steering wheel. Air-conditioning, electric windows, four airbags and CAT-1 alarm are standard on every model, while the FQ-340 adds SmartNav satellite navigation and leather/Alcantara seats.
MIVEC variable valve timing technology is a new feature, which improves the engine’s efficiency throughout the rev range.
Three versions of the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine will be offered in the UK. The FQ-300 produces 305bhp at 6950rpm, while revisions to the engine’s air supply increase the output of the FQ-320 to 326bhp at 6700rpm. With the aid of a supplementary ECU, the flagship FQ-340 develops 345bhp at 6800rpm, and has a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 157mph.
The Bilstein suspension system introduced on the Lancer Evolution VIII MR is retained for the IX, with the exception of the rear springs, which are shorter than before.