I heard a long while ago that Mitsubishi was going to start producing 4 cylinder Magnas again, but with the Nimbus' 2.4 litre engine in the TJ series, yet I havent heard any of this since then. It would be e a good idea considering the V6's thirst. Perhaps with the facelift due mid year, it will bring the 4cylinder model also, maybe even with AWD, and hopefully the Ralliart and VR-X will also have it.
Wheels said that a 200kW turbo AWD Magna is on the way, but this my become the Ralliart Magna if Mitsubishi decides to make the 180kW engine standard to combat Ford ( a smart desicion).
AWD would have to become standard on the wagons, rto deal with the cross over vehicles ont eh way from Ford and Holden, but perhaps they would need to adopt IRS first ( the wagons dont have it).
These are my prediction(s). If any one alse has any information regarding the new Magna, please post it.
What else should the Magna adopt if if Mitsubishi ws ts it to be a player in the large car sector?
Broken diffs, burnt out clutches, rusted shells. Yep, were in Kingswood Country.
2003 release will be much the same. Except 4wd models (auto only).. Some refinements.
180Kw engine will nodoubt one day head down to the VRX and sport models, this will help combat added weight on awd models. 163kw engines will become base. 200 Kw AWD Rallyart will I guess eventually appear when they have a 4wd manual transmission.
The 2005 model is the big one.. Mitsubishi will finally be able to take it to the fences of Ford and Holden. Long wheel base models, awd. Slightly bigger engine or maybe new heads.. (mivec? or GDI?)
Hey the Mitsubishi 3000GT uses the magna platform. I wonder if this engine would fit into the engine bay of an AWD magna? If only I had the time and money *sigh*
I can only dream...
But back to the topic, the AWD magna might be a good car to drive if only they fix the dead boring interior, but not as bad as the camry. The Mitsu V6 in the VRX is a lovely engine coupled with AWD it might lure some people.
Mitsub will not and I repeat WILL NOT PRODUCE AN AWD RALLYART MANUAL MAGNA, OR INDEED ANY AWD NA MAGNA.
Wont fit. AWD system is capable with auto only due to its size, plus it has less power than the standard v6 not because of the transmission but due to the shortening/size reduction of the exhaust system to fit it has left it with less kw than before, much in the same way the Ls300 has 10kw less power than the gs300 due to the same reason.
True they could turbo it, but Im not sure if it would fit a front mount intercooler. Plus then they would have to strengthen/change gear-ratios etc.
I seriously doubt they will do much, just a nip and tuck. With most of their R&D money being spent on the upcomming 2005 magna split (LWB and XLWB to go against commo/statesman.falcon/fairlane) they wont pour millions on a model on the way out. Also, with rallyart beginning a series of "no shows" for the wrc events, I cant really see them trying to push the evo/magna as "rally art". I Think mitsub Aust will be too busy playing with their airteck to notice.
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