31 July 2007

cXy muthatrucker

Chunky crossover concept from Mitsubishi to debut in Frankfurt

Mitsubishi Concept

Mitsubishi is shaping up to be one of the star attractions of the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Alongside the unveiling of the Lancer saloon and Evo X, we'll get a butcher's at the Concept-cX.

The cX not only mixes up its upper and lower cases - a growing trend for concepts - but it also mixes up elements of small SUV and family saloon.

Based on the Lancer platform, the cX has a raised ride height, is fitted with four-wheel drive and uses environmentally friendly plastics.

The engine is an eco-friendly 1.8-litre turbodiesel coupled to a manual gearbox that does away with the clutch pedal in favour of a twin-clutch set-up. This engine and transmission combo is expected to appear on production Mitsubishis from 2009 - paving the way for (whisper it) a diesel Evo perhaps?

No word on whether the cX will ever make it into production, but it does point the way for the Lancer estate, due later in 2008.

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