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.