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Japan's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution wagon
8th September, 2005
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that the Lancer Evolution Wagon would go on sale at affiliated dealerships throughout Japan yesteday. Lancer Evolution Wagon combines the awesome dynamic performance of the Lancer Evolution IX high-performance 4WD sedan, which employs Mitsubishi's advanced and proprietary All Wheel Control (AWC) traction and stability enhancing technology, with the utility-enhancing luggage compartment of the Lancer Wagon.
Lancer Evolution Wagon is the first station wagon model in the Lancer Evolution series. Derived from the Lancer Evolution IX sedan launched in March 2005, Lancer Evolution Wagon uses the body side panels and roof panel from the Lancer Wagon with reinforcements mainly focused on the rear end to provide a lightweight and very stiff station wagon body. The powertrain mates a 2.0-litre intercooler-turbocharged engine to an electronically controlled 4WD driveline to realise unparalleled vehicle dynamics for a station wagon.
Lancer Evolution Wagon is offered in two grades. The GT uses a 6-speed manual transmission to deliver the ultimate in sporty driving pleasure. The 5-speed automatic transmission GT-A brings full-spectrum driving pleasure, combining the sporty performance of the GT with the convenience of an automatic. Lancer Evolution Wagon is to be produced in a limited run of 2,500 (GT and GT-A combined total), with production due to cease at the end of December this year.
Lancer Evolution Wagon walkaround
Rear blister guards and a rear bumper that take their design cues from Evolution IX are used to give the Evolution Wagon a low-and-wide look.
On the GT-A, the front number plate has been moved to a central position to promote automatic transmission oil cooler performance. On the GT, the number plate is located in the same position as on Evolution IX to promote cooling of the intercooler.
Brilliant chrome headlamp extensions enhance the overall quality look. A chrome "LANCER Evolution" logo at the bottom left of the rear gate together with air outlet-look quarter lower garnish on the rear blister guards identify Evolution Wagon's tail.
Both grades use the same Momo steering wheel as Evolution IX. GT also shares the alloy accelerator, brake and clutch pedals used on its sedan cousin. The GT-A uses the same accelerator pedal but has a slightly larger alloy brake pedal.
Evolution Wagon uses double-sealing weatherstrips introduced on Evolution IX, to improve sound insulation performance in the dash panel, and strategically places soundproofing, noise-absorbing and vibration damping materials in the newly acquired luggage compartment.
Lancer Evolution Wagon models are fitted with Recaro full bucket front seats upholstered with a combination of non-slip coated fabric, comfortable Alcantara suede and genuine leather. The thigh bolsters are lower than on Evolution IX to facilitate easy entry and exit while still providing optimum location and hold. The rear seat uses the same 60/40 split back configuration as the Lancer Wagon but features Alcantara suede back and squab facings with protein leather on the side bolsters. The rear seat back has 5 reclining settings for greater occupant comfort.
Measuring VDA 530-litres (5 occupants, luggage tonneau cover not deployed), the luggage compartment is slightly smaller than in Lancer Wagon. The 60/40 split rear seatback, roll-up tonneau cover, 3-section luggage compartment underbox, four securing hooks and accessory power socket together yield a high-utility and easy-to-use luggage compartment.
The addition of a large floor cross member reinforces the joins between the rear floor, rear wheelhouse and body side structure and brings a substantial increase in torsional stiffness. Major reinforcements have been added to the joins between the rear floor, rear end panel and the bottom of the D-pillar.
The addition of a reinforcement at the top of the rear shock absorber mounting and an extra 50 spot welds in the tailgate opening help realise a lightweight and very stiff body at a minimum weight.
Lancer Evolution Wagon uses the lightweight alloy engine hood and alloy front blister mudguards from Lancer Evolution IX and the Lancer Wagon tailgate with oversize tailgate spoiler used on the Lancer Wagon Ralliart model. The Evolution Wagon-exclusive rear bumper borrows the Lancer Evolution IX design motif.
Flowing from the trailing edge of the rear door, the edgy rear blister guard slips down and disappears under the rear quarter panel in a design that takes its cue from the front blister mudguard.
Available as a dealer option, a rear high-performance sway bar enhances the already superior levels of rear end stability which realises steering response and handling characteristics unparalleled in the station wagon category.
5. 4WD system
8. Wheels & tyres
The wheels are shod with the same 235/45R17 93W ADVAN A046D tyres fitted to Evolution IX GT and designed to offer outstanding abrasion resistance and superior wet adhesion.
*1: ACD (Active Centre Differential)
The ACD incorporates an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch. An ECU optimszes clutch cover clamp load for different driving conditions, regulating the differential limiting action between free and locked states. The result is improved steering response together with better traction. ACD provides three modes - Tarmac/Gravel/Snow - to enable quicker control response for changes in road surface.
*2: Sport ABS