Tokyo, Japan, Jan 9, 2007 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and its manufacturing and sales unit in the United States, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA, based in Cypress, California) are giving the new North American Lancer and the Prototype X concept their world premieres at the 2007 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Motor Show). In preparation for the new U.S. Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions regulations, MMC has also announced a project to develop a next generation diesel engine, to be launched in the new Lancer in 2010. The 2007 NAIAS runs from January 7 to 21 at the Cobo Center in Detroit and is open to the general public from January 13.
Speaking at the MMC press conference (13:55 on January 8 in Detroit, 03:55 on January 9 in Japan) MMC Chairman of the Board Takashi Nishioka commented, "With strong support from the Mitsubishi Group, Mitsubishi Motors is now in the middle of implementing the 3-year business plan that started in fiscal 2005. Under the plan, we are beefing up the management setup of our U.S. operations and reviewing our sales policies and strategies here. We are now in a situation where we can project that fiscal 2006 will produce our first operating profit in four years. Together with all the other Mitsubishi Group companies, we are also working on environmental initiatives, using Mitsubishi Group resources to maximum effect. As part of that process, we are collaborating with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to develop a next generation diesel engine that will be launched in the North American market in 2010."
The project to develop a next generation diesel engine for the North American market will be based on the diesel engine that MMC is developing together with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for European export models. The new engine incorporates a DPF + NOx trap catalyst to ensure compliance with U.S. Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions regulations that require NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions to be as low as similar emissions from gasoline engines. It will also be compliant with the Japanese post-new long term emissions regulations. Features of this engine will include a lightweight aluminum block, a common rail system with piezo injectors to provide good responsiveness, and a VG/VD turbocharger with boost pressure controllable over a particularly wide range by combining a variable geometry (VG) that enables turbine flow to be varied, with a variable diffuser (VD) that enables compressor flow to be varied. This combination of features will produce an engine that is both very powerful and efficient.
MMC and MMNA are displaying the world premiers for the new North American Lancer, Prototype X concept show car, the Outlander SUV launched in October 2006, and the Raider pick-up, winner of the 2006 Baja 1000 (Stock Mini class), at the Detroit Motor Show.
I. New North American market Mitsubishi Lancer walkaround
The new Lancer inherits the image of the Mitsubishi Concept-X presented at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, combining a stable stance with a clear-cut and determined form.
Body specifications are larger all round, with a length of 4,570mm (35 mm longer than the current model), width of 1,760 mm (65 mm wider), height of 1,490 mm (60 mm higher), and a wheelbase of 2,635 mm (35 mm longer), an appropriate size for the new Lancer's role as a global sedan.
The new generation platform first utilized by the Outlander on-road SUV is also the base for the new Lancer, providing particularly good collision safety and rigidity.
High performance, high fuel economy, and excellent emissions performance are provided by an aluminum block 2.0 liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC*1 engine producing 152 hp.
Power is transmitted through a CVT*2, with six-speed Sportronic(R) mode - available for the first time in a Mitsubishi in the North American market - and, on some grades, with paddle shifters that allow the driver to shift gears manually without taking his hand off the wheel.
II. Mitsubishi Prototype X concept walkaround
A design study for the new Lancer Evolution due to be launched in 2007. Based on the new Lancer launched at Detroit, the Prototype X concept features an exterior with a Spartan 'driver's car' image, and a highly functional, high-quality interior that encourages concentration on driving. Overall, the design aims for a clear-cut and determined form that is consistent with function.
Mechanically, in addition to the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC)*3 all wheel control system built around a 4WD system, the concept features a newly-developed aluminum block MIVEC turbo engine mated to a high performance six-speed automated manual transmission. There are also many other examples of the latest technology from Mitsubishi Motors, including the use of aluminum for parts of the body panels to save weight.
III. Next Generation Mitsubishi Diesel Engine outline
The design for the new engine includes a lightweight aluminum block, a common rail system with piezo injectors to provide good responsiveness, and a VG/VD turbocharger with boost pressure controllable over a particularly wide range by combining a variable geometry (VG) for variable turbine flow with a variable diffuser (VD) for variable compressor flow. This combination of features will result in a diesel engine that is both very powerful and efficient.
The exhaust gas cleaning system is designed for compliance with both U.S. Tier 2 Bin 5 and Japanese post-new long term emissions regulations, utilizing combustion control technology to reduce NOx, together with a DPF + NOx trap catalyst to clean NOx from the exhaust and reduce emissions.
4. Mitsubishi Motors lineup at 2007 Detroit Motor Show
 MIVEC: Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control System
Model Category Remarks
Lancer New model World premiere
Prototype X Show car World premiere
Raider Show car Baja 1000 entry
Lancer Show car 1974 Safari Rally entry
Outlander Production model
Eclipse Production model Made in North America
Eclipse Spyder Production model Made in North America
Galant Production model Made in North America
Endeavor Production model Made in North America
Raider Production model Made in North America
 CVT: Continuous Variable Transmission
 S-AWC: Super All-Wheel Control. Vehicle dynamics system that integrates control of drive torque, braking, steering and suspension at all four wheels.