Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has released the first images of its new Concept-X and Outlander 4×4 models, both of which will make their world premier at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show on October 19.

The Mitsubishi Concept-X, a concept car with styling that raises the bar on performance car looks, boasts Mitsubishi’s 4WD-based Super All Wheel Control vehicle dynamics control system, and has been designed to be the very embodiment of “driving pleasure”. The all-new Outlander SUV, due to be launched in Japan on October 17, is a mid-sized 4×4 that showcases outstanding design, versatility and utility.

Mitsubishi Concept-X debuts the company’s design for the next generation Lancer Evolution.

The Concept-X is powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC intercooler-turbocharged engine that delivers instant response at all engine speeds with flat torque that keeps pulling up to the red line. Concept-X uses a clutchless 6-speed auto-manual transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering column to deliver slicker shifting and higher transmission efficiency than a regular manual gearbox.

The ring-structure frame design produces a significant increase in body stiffness, while the use of aluminium in the bonnet, boot lid, bumpers, roof and front and rear door panels reduces weight. Weight reduction, lowering the centre of gravity and reducing the moment of inertia, all contribute to better motive performance and better handling. The suspension features a MacPherson strut at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. Working in conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors’ “Roll Control Suspension” technology, this design delivers extraordinary levels of ride and road holding.

Concept-X showcases Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) technology. A further step up the evolutionary ladder for Mitsubishi Motors’ four-wheel drive traction and handling technology, S-AWC realises cutting-edge levels of dynamic control. Based on Mitsubishi’s full-time 4WD system, as used in Lancer Evolution, S-AWC adds Active Brake Control, Active Steering System and Roll Control Suspension technologies to create a fully integrated system.

The next generation Lancer Evolution X will be launched in the UK mid-2007.

Mitsubishi Concept-X specifications: Length 4530mm, Width 1830mm, Height 1470mm, Wheelbase 2650mm, Track F/R mm 1565/1565, Tyres 255/35R20, Wheels 20 x 9J.

The Outlander is an all-new mid-size SUV built off a newly developed global platform. With the option of both five and seven seats, the Japanese domestic Outlander debuts a brand new powertrain and borrows heavily from technology nurtured in the Lancer Evolution series to deliver hard-hitting on-road performance that raises the bar for SUVs.

The new 2.4-litre 16-valve DOHC engine uses an aluminium cylinder block and MIVEC variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valves. On Outlander, the power unit is mated to a new Sports Mode 6-speed CVT that uses steering column-mounted paddle shifters for smooth acceleration and efficient fuel consumption. This new petrol engine is expected to appear in a number of new models across the Mitsubishi product range in the near future.

The aim with Outlander was to develop a new-age SUV that delivers top-level all-surface cruising performance. To do this Active Stability Control (ASC) technology has been added to Mitsubishi’s proven electronically controlled 4WD system to fully integrate control of engine output as well as of torque and braking force at each wheel. A new platform increases body and chassis stiffness, an aluminium roof panel lowers the centre of gravity and mono-tube shock absorbers all contribute to class-topping levels of handling and stability.

Outlander specifications: Length 4640mm Width 1800mm Height 1680mm Wheelbase 2670mm Track F/R 1540/1540mm Engine 4B12-type in-line 4-cyl DOHC MIVEC Max output 170PS Max torque 226Nm Transmission INVECS III Sports Mode-6 speed CVT.

The all-new Outlander 4×4 will be launched in the UK during the first quarter of 2007 with a 2.0litre diesel engine (as used in Grandis). The 2.4 MIVEC petrol engine will follow.

A number of vehicles are making their debut at the Tokyo show including the Concept D:5, the “i” Car and The electric MIEV Evolution IX.