Underpinning the Lancer is the same new platform that Mitsubishi introduced beneath the 2007 Outlander. The interior was designed to emphasize roominess in a compact package. The Lancer is available in DE, ES, and GTS versions. All Lancers are equipped with seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag and side-curtain airbags. All the models (except the Evo) draw power from a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 152 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard. Suspension tuning varies, however, with the GTS getting a more aggressive setup. The 2008 Lancer also is the first Mitsubishi offered with an optional CVT (continuously variable transmission).The Mitsubishi Lancer is all new for 2008.