headquartered in Japan but with an American
production plant in Illinois and design
studios plus a technical center in California,
offers five different car models in
2004 for the North American market and
several are designed and assembled in
the United States.
made-in-America Mitsubishis for 2004
include a racy hatchback Eclipse coupe
and the drop-top variation, Eclipse
Spyder, plus the mid-size Galant sedan
that shows up in expanded new editions.
Mitsubishi's luxurious Diamante flagship
sedan grew out of designs created in
Japan, with assembly worked out in Australia.
Lancer - conformed as a sporty notchback
sedan for the compact class plus a new
Sportback five-door hatchback wagon
variation - comes together in Japan,
as does the powerful new Lancer Evolution.
It's a high-performance version of Mitsubishi's
Lancer compact sedan but motivated by
a souped-up turbo engine and equipped
with all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction.
as a slinky coupe and the convertible
Spyder look daring with styling in geo-mechanical
sculptures blending geometric patterns
with edgework from hard mechanical forms.
The entry-issue Eclipse RS coupe gains
more standard equipment for 2004 including
power mirrors and a six-speaker audio
riding on a new platform, measures larger
in package size with the expansive cabin
fit for five. It also provides stronger
engines with four-cylinder and V6 options.
flashes new fascia with a front-end
styling re-do and the cabin has new
materials and more standard gear aboard.
Fresh styling points also go to Lancer
with more models in the lineup like
the new Ralliart edition. Lancer's five-door
Sportback model also debuts in 2004
as Mitsubishi crafts an affordable compact
the new Lancer Evolution as the sum
of all performance and competition technologies
developed by Mitsubishi's trophy-grabbing
World Rally Championship (WRC) racing
campaign over the past decade.
The flagship sedan from Mitsubishi projects
sophisticated exterior lines in a mid-size
package with five seats in the cabin.
Issues for 2004 reflect styling revisions
with new front fascia and hood plus
new designs for 16-inch wheels. In the
cabin there's a new instrument panel
and a center console added between two
front bucket seats.
Diamante ES and plush LS editions are
joined by a bold VR-X. It wears aggressive
side skirt air dams and wheel lip moldings,
with chrome tips evident on exhaust
pipes. Optional for VR-X is a premium
Leather Package and Sport Package with
Infinity audio system and tail spoiler.
Under the hood, VR-X earns five more
power points in the 3.5-liter V6 for
a total of 210 hp.
ES has seats covered in new fabrics
this year, while LS provides deluxe
features like leather seats plus heat
elements in front seats and side mirrors.
It also gets a Sportronic transmission,
as does the VR-X. With Sportronic manual
mode, the shifter lever slides laterally
into a side gate, where to-or-fro action
bumps up or down the gear ladder one
notch at a time.
The Galant sedan grows up with a new
design emerging in 2004 to mark a new
generation for Mitsubishi's mid-size
staple. Galant for 2004 is bigger than
the previous version and amounts to
one of the largest sedans in the mid-size
has an expanded passenger compartment
with ample space for five riders including
significant legroom and shoulder room
on the rear bench. And it looks glamorous
with crisp yet curvy body forms and
glittery headlamp and taillight clusters.
puts muscle aboard from four-cylinder
and V6 powertrains. A base four displacing
2.4 liters has valve timing that's a
mouthful of a name best crimped to the
acronym of MIVEC, which stands for Mitsubishi
innovative valve timing and lift electronic
control. It rocks with 160 hp. A 3.8-liter
V6 makes 230 hp and works with a Sportronic
automatic. Two models use the four-cylinder
engine and two carry the V6.
entry-level Galant DE has the four-pack
plant and a four-speed automatic transaxle
with disc brakes for all wheels, while
Galant ES upgrades with a 270-watt audio
system plus anti-lock brake system (ABS).
LS V6 uses the Sportronic automatic
with a traction control system (TCS)
as the GTS V6 has sporty suspension
tweaking plus projector headlamps in
the prow and leather hides covering
seats in the cockpit.
compact Lancer sedan first came ashore
in North America in 2002 as upgraded
replacement for Mitsubishi's unassuming
subcompact Mirage sedan. It was bigger
than Mirage and carried a larger and
more powerful engine, with a more substantial
structure supporting the slick exterior
package and more sophisticated mechanical
hardware aboard, plus luxury equipment
standard in a rather cushy cabin.
enlarged structure - adding four more
inches of length compared to the wheelbase
for Mirage - elevated Lancer to the
center of the compact class of imported
sedans. Measure all of them and Lancer
ends up with the longest body, while
the expansive passenger cabin scores
best-in-class legroom for front seats.
styling looks strong and aggressive,
with wheels pinned at corners to balance
the stance. Body parts extend only briefly
over front and back edges in the manner
of racers as the two-step face and windshield
tip backward to suggest swift movement.
New sculpting of the front-end for 2004
shows the Mitsubishi signature grille
front and center on the prow with new
integrated bumpers and halogen headlamps
at front corners.
casts Lancer in four editions this year
including a new Ralliart trim with additional
horsepower. Four trims draw from a 2.0-liter
four-cylinder engine that nets 120 hp
and connects to a five-speed manual
or optional four-speed automatic. Lancer
ES is the base issue, with luxury version
Lancer LS adding equipment and Lancer
O-Z Rally wearing sporty body additions
inspired by rally racers.
Ralliart draws on Lancer Evolution for
styling and also carries more hardware,
such as a taut-tuned suspension, sport
bucket seats and larger disc brakes,
and it gets more power too - 162 hp
- with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
out of the Outlander wagon.
Take the Lancer notchback sedan and
carve up a hatchback-style tail section
with extra door and you'll get the idea
for Mitsubishi's new five-door sport
wagon. Compared to Lancer the sedan,
there's more room inside with 42.3 cubic
feet of space in the cargo compartment.
It also has more power under the hood
with a 2.4-liter in-line-four that nets
160 hp for Sportback LS and 162 hp for
The LS has significant content in standard
equipment, including automatic transmission
and air conditioning, an audio package
with CD deck, driver's seat with height
adjustment, power for windows and locks
and mirrors, and a remote keyless entry
system. Sportback Ralliart upgrades
with sporty suspension tuning, V-rated
tires and ABS.
A street-legal version of Mitsubishi's
hot new rally-racing sedan comes to
America as the Lancer Evolution.
Nicknamed 'Evo' in rally racing circles
and on the Internet in aficionado chat
rooms, the sport sedan looks ready to
tear down the block with the bulging
air scoop on the hood, curvy air dam
up front, pontoon-style fenders, Enkei
high-strength alloy wheels capped by
Yokohama ADVAN high-grip tires, a carbon-fiber
spoiler on the tail and the driver's-oriented
cockpit fitted with bolstered Recaro
sport bucket seats, leather-wrapped
Momo three-spoke steering wheel and
rally-style round gauges in the instrument
panel with black faces and vivid red
a five-speed manual stick on the console
ringed by trim that looks like brushed
titanium. And to retard all of the power
stoked below the Evo hood, there are
four big Brembo brand ventilated disc
brakes tied to four-channel ABS and
electronic brake force distribution
the heart of Evo is its power-pumping
engine. The 2.0-liter four-in-line --
a turbo-charged and inter-cooled version
of the 4G63 plant propelling every edition
of the Lancer Evolution rally racer
-- serves up 271 hp. Mitsubishi packages
Evolution with a long list of standard
comes with air conditioning, power windows
and door locks, keyless entry and 140-watt
audio system with CD deck and six speakers.
The carbon-fiber spoiler and a power
sunroof are the only options.
The racy hatchback coupe from Mitsubishi
seems substantial and strong, but also
gracefully sleek like a compressed bullet
with sides squared and prow honed to
a hard point.
for 2004 appears in trims of base RS,
GS and GT plus GTS, with 17-inchers
optional on GT and GTS. The 2+2 cockpit
has flashy fabrics on sport seats for
RS, GS and GT, while GTS gets leather.
Two different engines drop into Eclipse.
Mitsubishi's 2.4-liter four works in
the RS and upgraded GS, reaching 147
hp with a manual transmission, or 140
hp with the automatic. Eclipse GT stocks
a single-cam 3.0-liter V6. For GTS the
plant runs up ten more points to 210
hp. A shifter stick on the console connects
to either a five-speed manual or four-speed
convertible edition of Eclipse was engineered
from the outset to work as a car without
a coupe's superstructure -- it's rigid
and stiff, which sets up some sporty
road manners. Spyder's power-operated
folding soft top lowers in seconds,
with all movements controlled by dual
electric motors sent into action by
a single dashboard button.
exterior looks daring and aggressive
like the coupe in geo-mechanical style.
The 3.0-liter V6 is used on GT and GTS
models and delivers 210 hp. A stubby
shift lever, mounted on the console,
connects to manual or automatic transaxles.
Spyder GS continues with the single-cam
2.4-liter four rated at 147 hp for a
manual transmission or 140 hp for automatic.
new exterior colors come to 2004 issues
(Machine Green, Torched Steel Blue and
Steel Blue Pearl), as well as two new
tints for the fabric-clad top (Sand
Blast and Blue). (...BACK)
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