Mitsubishi Motor Corporation announced recently that it will introduce the tenth generation Lancer Evo as well as the latest Lancer sedan on completely built imported unit into China at the beginning of next year. The new Lancer Evolution model may be priced at RMB 200,000 - RMB300,000, a significant drop from that of the current car, which ranges from RMB450,000 to RMB500,000. The imported Lancer sedan has also been upgraded and claims to have different features compared the Lancer made at Dongnan (Fujian) Automobile Industry Co. at present.
As is the case with the outgoing car, the new Evolution's mechanical package revolves around a turbocharged, DOHC, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, and according to Mitsubishi, the engine is some 53 pounds lighter than the old one. The all-wheel-drive system again will feature driver-selectable settings for gravel, pavement, and snow, but the system will also incorporate active yaw control, which directs power to the outside rear wheel when cornering. Expect stability control to finally join the party as well.
An available six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters is perhaps the biggest mechanical news for the new Evolution. The dual-clutch automatic transmission is a bit of mechanical sophistication that's echoed in the car's new design, which has less of an aftermarket look about it. The model is based on the same platform as the Lancer. However, it is much more powerful than the standard Lancer.
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