The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a legend among the Japanese cars from the 90’s and 2000’s. A lot of rally heritage is connected to this car which made this four wheel drive, powerful and sporty sedan a good companion for daily usage for many people around world, as it was sold in a lot of countries. But in Japan, there has been a stationwagon variant of the Lancer Evolution.
For the 9th generation of the Lancer Evolution, Mitsubishi decided to make a Wagon version to attract a wider range of buyers. The design is recognizable as a Lancer Evolution, which did not change significantly anyway from the 7th until the 9th generation. The front has a sharp design identical to that of the regular sedan version. In the rear, the widened arches can been seen as well as the grill styled ornaments next to the rear lights. A rear diffuser and rear spoiler finish the aggressive look. The interior being of course more spacious than the sedan, the design and used parts are similar.
From technical underpinnings, there is not much difference between the sedan and wagon. It means there is the 4G63G engine delivering around 280 horsepower and 392 Nm when choosing the 6-speed manual transmission. A 5-speed automatic transmission was also available but if this variant was chosen, it meant that the engine was downgraded a bit providing 272 horsepower and 343 Nm of torque.
Another difference between the sedan and the wagon is the weight. The Wagon being heavier, this weight is mainly at the rear where an additional 70 kilogram pressed onto the rear wheels. This, and the fact that the Active Yaw Control electronically controlled rear differential was left out, had some negative impact on the handling performance of the Wagon versus the regular sedan.
Sales price in 2005 was around 3.5 million Yen for both the automatic and manual transmission versoins. The original target of Mitsubishi was to sell around 2500 units. They overshot this number as it is said that around 2900 units have been sold.
Click on the picture below to see all Lancer Wagon versions per year and detailed specifications such as weight, new price in Japan and equipment for each version in the Goo-net.com catalog.
A detailed book about the Lancer Evolution is the following: