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    The base Lancer has been announced, with some level of detail below.
    We’ll have more detail next month at NAIAS.
    Note that the current Evo MR (not the base Lancer) has a 103.3″
    wheelbase, is 178.5″ in length, 57.1″ tall, and 69.7″ wide. Curb weight
    is 3285 pounds. So, the new base car is very similar.
    ===============PRESS RELEASE
    December 11, 2006 — Cypress, Calif. — Mitsubishi Motors North America
    (MMNA) will introduce, at the North American International Auto Show in
    Detroit in January, the all-new, 2008 Lancer compact sport sedan,
    delivering driven-to-thrill dynamics, “class-up” value, advanced safety
    and available cutting-edge user-technology in an aggressively styled
    package. The new-generation Lancer models arrive in Mitsubishi
    dealerships in early 2007.
    The 2008 Lancer brings the bold, dynamic lines of the show-stopping
    Mitsubishi Concept-X to the showroom. First shown in 2005, the stunning
    Concept X previewed not only the next generation Mitsubishi compact
    sport sedan, but also a new design language to convey an unmistakable
    brand identity. A “shark-nosed” front end inspired by jet fighter air
    intakes, a distinct wedge-like profile and crisp, taut lines highlight
    the Lancer’s exciting new design.
    The 2008 Lancer is based on a new performance-engineered global platform
    that also forms the foundation of the new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV. It
    has a longer wheelbase and wider track, but slightly shorter overall
    length than the previous model. All Lancer models are powered by an
    all-new 2.0-liter 152 hp aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine (143 hp
    PZEV in Calif.) teamed to a 5-speed manual transmission. The new Lancer
    is the first Mitsubishi in North America to offer an optional
    continuously variable transmission (CVT). When equipped with the CVT,
    the Lancer GTS exclusively features a 6-step Sportronic(R) mode using
    magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters.
    The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer will be available in three levels of trim and
    driving dynamics: DE, ES and the sport-tuned GTS.
    Key Specifications
    103.7 in
    180.0 in.
    58.7 in.
    69.4 in.
    Curb weight range:
    (DE w/ 5-speed) to 3,109 lbs. (GTS w/ CVT)
    Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all
    manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing and research and development
    operations of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in the United States.
    Mitsubishi Motors sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, a mid-size pickup
    truck and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 520