Mitsubishi Press Release) Mitsubishi
Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that the Lancer Evolution Wagon
would go on sale at affiliated dealerships throughout Japan today.
Lancer Evolution Wagon marries 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. Tax
inclusive price starts from 3,412,500 yen.
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 create a lightweight and very
stiff station wagon body. The powertrain mates a 2.0-liter
intercooler-turbocharged engine to an electronically controlled 4WD
driveline to realize unparalleled vehicle dynamics for a station
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
Lancer Evolution Wagon walkaround
The design melds
together Lancer Evolution IX's aggressive front end styling and
Lancer Wagon's squarish rear end.
Rear blister fenders
and a rear bumper that take their design cues from Evolution IX
are used to give Evolution Wagon a low-&-wide look.
On the GT-A, the
front license plate has been moved to a central position to
promote automatic transmission oil cooler performance. On the GT,
the license plate is located in the same position as on
Evolution IX to promote cooling of the intercooler.
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
fenders identify Evolution Wagon's tail.
Wagon's interior is distinguished from Evolution IX by the use
of a chrome finish for the air vent controls and door handles to
lend a slightly classier touch to the interior.
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. 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 beef
up sound insulation performance in the dash panel, and
strategically places soundproofing, noise-absorbing and
vibration damping materials in the newly acquired luggage
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.
530-liters (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.
Wagon uses the same platform (engine compartment, front floor
and rear floor) as Evolution IX. The body takes Lancer Wagon's
side panels and roof panel and adds reinforcements at the A, B,
C and D pillar joins.
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 realize a
lightweight and very stiff body at a minimum weight.
Wagon uses the lightweight alloy engine hood and alloy front
blister fenders 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 fender
slips down and disappears under the rear quarter panel in a
design that takes its cue from the front blister fender.
Available as a
dealer option, a rear high-performance sway bar enhances the
already superior levels of rear end stability which realizes
steering response and handling characteristics unparalleled in
the station wagon category.
The GT grade uses
the latest 4G63-type MIVEC intercooler-turbocharged engine mated
to a 6-speed manual transmission to generate flat and wide
torque with excellent response at all engine speeds. Producing
maximum output of 280 PS (206 kW) / 6500 rpm and 40.0 kg-m (39.2
N-m) / 3000 rpm of torque, the engine gives Evolution Wagon
performance that is unmatched in the station wagon category.
The GT-A powertrain
mates the 4G63-type intercooler-turbocharged engine, with its
smaller turbocharger giving outstanding low-end and mid-range
torque and response, to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The
power unit generates maximum output of 272 PS (200 kW) / 6500
rpm and 35.0 kg-m (343 N-m) / 3000 rpm of torque to deliver top
ranking performance for an automatic model.
5. 4WD system
Wagon's full-time four-wheel drive system uses Mitsubishi Motors
Active Center Differential (ACD*1), which raises traction and
handling to new levels of excellence, and a mechanical
limited-slip rear differential that controls torque feed for
superior traction and straight line stability over all surfaces.
The 6-speed manual
transmission GT grade uses a helical limited-slip front
differential that takes the sport driving experience another
Wagon uses the same inverted MacPherson strut front and
multi-link rear suspension as Evolution IX. The monotube shock
absorbers deliver superior damping response and handling
performance and were developed jointly with Bilstein.
Wagon uses the same powerful Brembo high-performance brakes as
Evolution IX, with 4-piston 17-inch ventilated discs at the
front and 2-piston 16-inch ventilated discs at the rear.
Sport ABS*2 giving enhanced steering control under hard braking
and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD*3) automatically
regulating the front-to-rear braking force ratio to match
vehicle load, the braking system delivers responsive, smooth and
predictable stopping power under all conditions.
8. Wheels & tires
Wagon rides on the same 17 x 8JJ Enkei alloy road wheels as
Evolution IX but finished in bright silver rather than dark
gray. As with Evolution IX, Evolution Wagon is also available
with 17 x 8JJ BSS super-lightweight forged alloy wheels as a
The wheels are shod
with the same 235/45R17 93W ADVAN A046D tires fitted to
Evolution IX GT and designed to offer outstanding abrasion
resistance and superior wet adhesion.
*1: ACD (Active
The ACD incorporates an electronically controlled hydraulic
multi-plate clutch. An ECU optimizes 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
In Sport ABS, the system ECU uses information from a steering angle
sensor that detects steering inputs as well as from lateral G and
vehicle speed sensors to apportion pressure to each of the four
wheels independently. The result is improved steering response under
braking. *3: EBD
The Electronic Brake Force Distribution system optimizes allocation
of braking force between the front and rear wheels. Increasing the
pressure applied to the rear wheels when braking close to the limit,
EBD reduces the load on the front wheels to realize better anti-fade
performance. The system also compensates for changes in surface and
vehicle load conditions to ensure predictable and consistent
stopping performance at all times.
1. Sales target:
2,500 (limited edition)
2. Available at:
MMC affiliated dealerships throughout Japan