Just flipped through the newspapers today and saw an advertisement announcing the impending arrival of the 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer. It advertises the car’s 155 PS (152 horsepower) DOHC MIVEC aluminium engine, RISE body, 4-wheel independant suspension, INVECS-III CVT with paddle shifters, and 18 inch alloy wheels!
Now that’s seriously huge, even the Civic 2.0 with the recent wheel update has 17 inchers. Tyre costs may be an issue to some as such large tyres are expensive, but they do look good aesthetically. There will most probably be two models and the lower spec model would probably have smaller wheels.
Anyway with this advertisement, we can confirm that we’re getting a CVT transmission with paddle shifters with the new Lancer, as well as the higher power output of the two engine tunes available, the lower rating is probably for California only. And since they’re taking up ads now, the launch must be very soon.
UPDATE: If any of you are wondering what a RISE body is, it’s basically Mitsubishi’s new body frame design technique that improves collision safety performance. RISE stands for Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution, and it was first introduced in the 1996 Mitsubishi Galant. As every car is different, how Mitsubishi implements RISE standards differs from car to car. In the 2007 Lancer, the RISE body consists of a highly rigid structure which makes use of 590Mpa high strength and 980Mpa ultra high strength steel. Torsional rigidity has been increased by 56 percent, and bending rigidity is up by 50 percent compared to the previous Lancer.
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