Another supercar for India - this time, it's Mitshubishi's Evo X
14 June 2010
It's raining luxury cars in India. Now Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp, which sells its cars in India in association with Hindustan Motors, is set to roll out the Evo X in the Indian market by July.
The car, also known as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400, is the fastest and most extreme version of Mitsubishi's motorsport-derived machines. To be imported as a completely built unit, the car will cost Rs30-50 lakh in India after the massive import duties and taxes are factored in.
With 403bhp and 387lb ft of torque offered by its lightweight aluminium 2-litre turbocharged MIVEC (Mitsubishi innovative valve timing electronic control) petrol engine, the FQ-400 can hit 62 mph (99.79 kph) in 3.8 seconds flat before reaching an electronically limited 155 mph (250 kph) where permitted. ''All details will be shared later,'' said a Mitshubishi official.
It is widely believed that the standard equipment for the range-topping Lancer Evolution X model would be comprehensive, with Bluetooth hands-free telephone, and several other frills.
Mitsubishi intends to sell the fully-loaded model so that the customers are not left disappointed.
Obviously, the company is not looking for large volumes in this segment - during 2010, Mitshubishi will aim for sales of 100 units or less for the Evo X. Nor does it have plans to develop a manufacturing base in India for the car.
The Evo tries to sell itself on its rugged engine and smooth driving experience rather than on its looks. A five-seat luxury vehicle, it has four doors and runs on a turbocharged 'incline-4' engine with fuel injectors, with stainless steel pipes, altogether capable of producing 403 bhp and 387 lb ft of torque at 3500 rpm.