Mitsubishi launches 2015 Lancer Evo in the USA

2015 MitsubishiLancer Evo 1 Mitsubishi launches 2015 Lancer Evo in the USA

Japanese carmakers Mitsubishi designed the ‘Lancer Evolution’ (popularly known as Evo) sports car based on its popular Lancer compact car. Originally the manufacturers intended to sell the car only in the Japanese market. But after seeing the growing demand through grey market sales, the company decided to sell the car in the UK and other markets across Europe. Till 2003 the Evo was not sold in the United States but seeing the success of its longtime direct rival Subaru Impreza WRX STi, the car was launched there. Till date ten official versions of the car has been released, each model being denoted by roman numerals. Since 2011 rumors of the model’s discontinuation have doing rounds of the automobile industry. Latest reports suggest that even if the nameplate is continued, it will only be as a hybrid model. According to a press release issued by Mitsubishi in March 2014, “Mitsubishi Motors does not have any plans to design a successor with the current concept, as a high-performance four-wheel drive gasoline-powered sedan. Mitsubishi Motors will explore the possibilities of high-performance models that incorporate electric vehicle technology.” Even though in many markets around the world the model has been already discontinued, the customers in the US will get atleast one more version albeit a modestly revised one. The new model will go into production in July 2014 and later will be launched as 2015 model year. Alex Fedorak, PR manager of Mitsubishi North America has said, “Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is committed to introducing the 2015 model year Lancer Evolution in the U.S. Production of North American-specification Lancer Evolution models for the 2015 model year will commence in July 2014.” While the future of the Evo is far from clear, it will be interesting to see what Mitsubishi does in the final run with this famous model.

The 2015 ‘Mitsubishi Lancer Evo’ will be available as the MR as well as the GSR model variations. There is a host of standard features in the new model. Some of them are the following:

Rear diffuser that enhances aerodynamics

  • Auto climate control
  • Use iPod to listen to music or use the USB drive with the help of voice commands
  • Sports style leather covered steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise controls
  • The advanced FUSE Hands-Free Link System® that will allow the user to wirelessly connect the infotainment to their phones via Bluetooth.
  • Heated side mirrors with integrated turn indicators

The GSR model features are as follows-

  • Pronounced lid spoiler for the rear deck
  • Heated front seats
  • Power sunroof
  • Front console with piano black trim and lids
  • Special sound reducing material for a quieter cabin.

The Range topping Evo MR will get even more attractive features-

  • Auto headlights ( automatic on/off)
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rearview mirror with auto dimming.
  • Special heat extractor vents and stylish front radiator grille
  • Rockford Fosgate 710 watts 9 speaker high quality audio system

The new model is also enhanced by Super All-Wheel Control driving system. It is among the most advanced all wheel drive systems you will ever find in a production car. It uses several components like Active Stability Control and Sport Anti-lock Brakes to provide better agility, traction and safety. On the braking section you will get race ready Brembo braking system. Additional performance is achieved with the help of special Yokohama ADVAN performance tires that are wrapped around 18 x 8.5-inch alloy wheels.

All models will run on a four cylinder 2.0-liter turbo charged engine that can produce 291 bhp (217 kW) and torque of 300 lb-ft (406 Nm). The engine is mated to either five-speed manual or a six-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission.

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