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Frankfurt first look: Mitsubishi Lancer – due late 2007



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Dealers have already seen pictures of the all new Lancer, based on the global GS platform, and are eager for the car.

With the current model selling 3,000 units in four-door saloon and estate when most buyers want hatchback, Mitsubishi has developed the new Lancer, previewing as Concept Sportback, with a hatch variant. It will be available in five- and four-door, but not estate.

Pricing will rise – the current model starts at a budget conscious £10,000 – but will be competitive with the likes of Mazda3 and Ford Focus. Mitsubishi tentatively suggests sales between 5,000-10,000, but points out it will take a couple of years to reach peak.

Looks-wise, and according to Mitsubishi performance-wise, this Lancer is a world away from the current model. It introduces a large, gaping, blacked out grille similar to that featured on two American-only models and apparently inspired by jet fighter plane’s air intakes.

The wedge-like profile, wide track and high rear shoulder gives a sporty appearance.

The design is intended to accommodate a wide variety of engines and transmissions, including four-wheel drive and the ‘world engine’, a petrol unit developed with Daimler-Chrysler and Hyundai, and capable of producing in excess of 200bhp.

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