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Mitsubishi announced it plans to unveil its new Lancer at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit ahead of a North American launch in spring 2007. Judging from a teaser sketch, the new sedan will continue a design direction introduced with the Concept-X — a complete departure from the currently undramatic Lancer — including an aggressive profile, wide stance and long hood. Underneath the skin is a global platform shared with the Outlander SUV and several DaimlerChrysler (Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass) and Peugeot Citro n products. No word on whether the range-topping Evo X will be in attendance, or if rumors of a mid-range performance model will pan out. [UPDATE: The Evo's coming too.]

Detroit Show Preview: Mitsubishi To Roll Out 2008 Lancer [Edmunds]

US Getting Mitsubishi Lancer Before Japan; Spy Photos: Mitsubishi Concept X Rally [internal]