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All-new Mitsubishi Lancer revealed

11 December 2006

  • Ford Focus rival on sale early in 2008
  • Diesel included in five-engine line-up
  • Will also underpin fast Evo model

Lancer front

This is Mitsubishi's new rival to the likes of the Ford Focus - the Lancer.

The car will make its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January, and follows last year's Concept-X and Concept-Sportback design studies.

It's likely to go on sale in the UK early in 2008 with a range of five engines including a Volkswagen-sourced 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel. The car will also underpin the 10th in Mitsubishi's line of Evo performance models. Expect this car to produce at least 300bhp.

More down-to-earth versions of the Lancer are targeting cars such as the Focus and Volkswagen Golf, but it's a little bigger than the rest of the competition. Measuring 4570mm from tip to tail, the Lancer falls mid-way between a Ford Focus and Mondeo in length.

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