Mitsubishi will sell its Outlander with the option of a high-speed semi-automatic gearshift system early next year.
At present, the Sports Shift Transmission system is only available on the high-performance Mitsubishi Evo X, but the company plans to extend its use, starting with the 2.2-litre diesel-powered Outlander.
Benefits include almost no power loss during gearchanges, and better fuel consumption and lower emissions than traditional automatics.
Drivers change gear using steering wheel-mounted paddles, and the car will also feature two modes of driving: normal and sport.
The Outlander 2.2 Di-D Twin Clutch SST will be displayed at the Paris motor show in October before going on sale in early 2009.
No prices have been announced.