Concept-X, the car that is tipped to become the next generation Lancer Evolution in 2007, will be joined on Mitsubishi’s Tokyo show display by production versions of its new Outlander 4x4 and ‘i’ citycar.
The Outlander shares Mitsubishi’s new ‘GS’ global platform with the next Lancer and Evo X and goes on sale in Japan later this year, though it won’t reach British shores until early 2007. It is larger than the current model to accommodate seven seats instead of five, and at the rear there is a split tailgate to increase practicality. Petrol versions feature a new 2.4-litre unit designed in conjunction with Hyundai, while best-seller over here is likely to be the Volkswagen-sourced 2.0-litre turbodiesel also found in the Grandis MPV.
The three-cylinder, five-door ‘i‘ citycar arrives in its home market early in 2006 and is currently under consideration for Europe. If given the green light, it could go on sale in the UK as soon as late next year. Power for the i, which is similar in size to the Colt supermini, comes from a new rear-mounted 600cc three-cylinder engine.
In addition to these production cars, Mitsubishi will also present ‘Concept D:5’, which offers a preview of the next Delica MPV. The Delica is larger than the Grandis seven-seater, and its popularity in the UK as a grey import could persuade Mitsubishi to bring its replacement here