Mitsubishi Proto X sketch

Published: 18 December 2006

Another Evo concept? Haven’t we been here before?

The countdown to Mitsubishi’s oddball super-saloon, the Evo X, continues. We’ve already seen two concept cars of this four-wheel drive rally special – and now there’s a third, previewed in a pair of teaser sketches said to reveal ‘95%’ of the real thing. The Prototype X will be the company’s star at the Detroit Motor Show in January. You can expect the tenth iteration of the Evo to look pretty butch: a deep front spoiler, bonnet scoops, a race-spec rear diffuser and chunky wing show that this is no regular Lancer saloon.

What about the mechanical spec?

Mitsubishi hasn’t released any details of what’s under the Evo’s bonnet yet, but sources talk of a new version of the 2.0-litre turbo that has served the previous generations. Expect a power output of at least 280bhp and a development of the computer-controlled four-wheel drive system for peerless traction no matter what the road conditions. The Evo X will be shown next autumn, with UK sales starting at the beginning of 2008 at around £30,000. Buyers on a budget will be offered an Evo-lite version of the Lancer, badged Ralliart and powered by a 180bhp turbo engine. An Evo for every pocket.

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet