• Feb 23rd 2008 at 12:38PM
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German pub Autobild has spilled the beans on the Geneva-bound Mitsubishi Prototype S. The "S" is for Sportback, and this show car forecasts a future production vehicle that will probably carry that moniker. The Sportback is crucial for the European market, where hatches account for the majority of car sales. Up front, you essentially have the Lancer Ralliart's nose, which is dressed up with more ornate, concept-style headlamps and foglights. Head around to the car's rump, and you can almost see Mitsu's people drawing a line in the sand, daring the 5-door WRX to come over and "play." The sloping rear hatch is topped by a large, body-colored roof spoiler, and restyled rear lighting wraps from the lid onto the quarter panels. Dual exhaust tips poke through a diffuser insert on the rear bumper, and stylish split-spoke wheels in a gunmetal finish occupy the lightly-flared fender cutouts. Mechanically, it seems that the Prototype S is outfitted with the same running gear as the Lancer Ralliart. The 2.0L turbo four delivers 240 PS (236 hp) and 343 Nm (253 lb-ft) of torque through a dual-clutch setup to a full-time AWD system with an active center differential. It's cool, we want it, and most importantly, it'd fit -- after all, Subaru markets the WRX here as both a sedan and a hatchback. Come on, Mits. Go tit for tat with them and bring this one across the pond after you give it to Europe.

[Source: Autobild]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Well this hatch concept has some decent lines, it looks somewhat reminiscent of the IS300 sport hatch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yea, that rear end stying is horrific... and i dont even know if it reduces rear overhang like the new impreza tried to do...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mmmmmm... nice, Mitsu' Canada, please bring this to Canada by October. I want one. Go on be brave!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. And every negative response is why hatchbacks in general don't sell (and thus aren't brought over) to the states.

      Bring to Canada please! And while you're at it, bring back the wagon too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The negative response is due to this being an ugly hatchback based on an even uglier sedan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wagon's are beginning to overtake SUV's here. The soccer mom crowd is beginning to realize the room these car's have and the fuel efficiency they bring with them. They are giving up a 3rd row seat, but they can still pile 3 other kid's besides their precious little snowflake. Bring it over here, people will buy it. I see wagons as an emerging market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still can't wait to see it in real in Geneva. I really want to love this car because I want to buy it. At the moment I don't know what to think about the rear end. It doesn't look that spectacular on those pictures but I want to see it in real and from all angles. Nevertheless I think I will buy it. There just is no alternative for me on the market :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      not impressive at all
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love it, love it, love it. The forward rake of the grille looks fantastic setting off that sloping rear end. Anyone else see shades of Alfa Brera in the rear 3/4 aspect?

      Offer it in Ralliart trim with ~250 horses, AWD, and a manual, and this absolutely will be my next car.

      MemphisNET: "And every negative response is why hatchbacks in general don't sell (and thus aren't brought over) to the states."

      *Thank you*.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, I like the fact it's a hatchback, it makes it very practical while still looking mean. I belive this would sell well in europe along with the saloon.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm with PJ. I'll buy one too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        *laughs* no problem, but it's true! And just watch, Ford may 'want' to bring the Verve/Fiesta hatch to the states, but 2years of sales will prove if it stays or not.

        At least we (Canadian's) buy what we want.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like this.

      I Kinda like the Mazda 3 5-door, but I LIKE the Mazda 6 5-door. I tend to go more toward the sedan look than the stunted wagon look. If I wanted a wagon, I would get a full wagon, not a stunted one.

      Along that theme, I really DISLIKE the 08' impreza 5-door. The Mazda looks better than that hunchback.

      But this Mitsubishi, I REALLY LIKE. More practical than a 4-door/trunk sedan, but still the same basic shape, and not trying to be a hunchback stunted wagon.

      I don't have a lot of love for the front end of the new lancers, but that is across the whole line, not just this 5-door version.

      I am all for choices. What I dislike other people really do like, and both should be available, if they can be sold.

      As a subaru driver, and boxer/awd fan, I would much rather prefer the Legacy have a 5-door sedan option, like the Mazda6, and this Mitsubishi. The Mazda6 is let down by FWD. (AWD turbo Mazdaspeed6 is 4-door only, unfortunately.) And this mitsubishi isn't as good looking, or as low in the front as my Legacy is, and the interior likely isn't as comfortable and nice.

      Mazda, and now Mitsubishi have 5-door sedans. (I really don't consider this prototype to be a 5-door hatchback, which incinuates a long roof and a more vertical hatch.) I think Subaru should too, and why not the Legacy, to offset the (IMHO Ugly) 5-door hatchback of the Impreza.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I called it. Hatchbacks are back.


      "I declare the dawn of a new era, a time when hatchbacks and wagons are not only practical, but respectable and cool. They’re not just for families with kids anymore."

      And I always say... "Once you go hatch, you never go back."


      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmmm... if it comes to the US *AND* the price it right, that Mazdaspeed3 I was looking forward to might have competition!
      • 7 Years Ago
      well, there sure making a whore out of this platform....dissapionting rear design..well, appreciated by some, not all
        • 7 Years Ago
        Takt that back..it definately grows on to you....definately designes with euro in mind,,,,looks kinda cool though. hope they sell as good as they look (should be pretty good)
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