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Mitsubishi announced today that it will unveil the production version of its Lancer Sportback and Lancer Sportback Ralliart at the Paris Motor Show in early October. The Lancer Sportback is just what it sounds like, a five-door hatchback version of the recently redesigned Lancer model that's on sale around the world. Mitsubishi already revealed in its latest global business report that it would be selling the Lancer Sportback in the U.S. as well, but the only time frame given was sometime after the introduction of the Evo X, which is already on sale here.

In Europe, the Lancer Sportback will be powered by a 1.5L or 1.8L four-cylinder, or a 2.0L turbodiesel, while the Sportback Ralliart will feature a turbocharged 2.0L MIVEC engine producing 237 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque that's mated to Mitsubishi's Twin-Clutch SST transmission. It will also feature an Active Center Differential to help send torque to the wheels that can use it, as well as two-piston front brake calipers. Sounds like the same setup we saw on the U.S. version of the Lancer Ralliart sedan that debuted at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in January. We were particularly smitten with that car, so adding some more interior cubes and a fifth door should only serve to increase our anticipation for Paris.

[Source: Mitsubishi]


Mitsubishi Motors unveils Lancer Sportback at Paris Motor Show

- Lancer Ralliart 4WD sports sedan also on display -

Tokyo, June 11 2008 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will unveil, for the first time at an international motor show, the Lancer Sportback at the Le Mondial de l'Automobile 2008 (Paris Motor Show 2008) being held in Halls 1-8 of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from October 2 (October 4 for the general public) through October 19. The Lancer Sportback will have its European launch this fall with a phased introduction into the various countries in the region.

The company will also be displaying the Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Sportback Ralliart models that are based on the Lancer*1 sports sedan and Lancer Sportback. These models are powered by a turbocharged engine mated to Mitsubishi's Twin Clutch SST (Sport Shift Transmission) and delivering power to all four wheels through an Active Center Differential.

*1 Named the Galant Fortis in Japan

With its inverted-slant nose and trapezoidal grille that defines the Mitsubishi Motors design identity the sporty Lancer Sportback is a 5-door sport hatchback, a body type that is very popular in Europe. The model is available in versions powered by 1.5-liter (109PS) or 1.8-liter (143PS) gasoline engines or by a 2.0-liter (140PS) turbo diesel engine. The Lancer Sportback offers an "auto-folding function" which enhances luggage compartment convenience through adjustable rear floor height and rear seatbacks that can be tipped forward via a lever located in the luggage compartment. The series is due to be joined by a model powered by Mitsubishi Motors' new diesel engine in spring of 2009.

The Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Sportback Ralliart models use a new turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC*2 engine [maximum output 177 kW (240PS), maximum torque 343 Nm (35 kgm)]. This is mated to Mitsubishi's high-efficiency Twin Clutch SST transmission with an Active Center Differential, for extremely responsive steering and traction through tailoring the amount of torque fed to each wheel to optimally suit driving conditions. Also helping to significantly raise the basic performance attributes of these cars over the Lancer base model are 2-pot caliper front brakes and a larger brake master cylinder.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      No AWD? Am I missing something?
        • 7 Years Ago
        the ralliart version anyway, the regular versions of the sportback are not 4wd if you read between the lines here

        unless they offer a 4wd option that isn't ralliart
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's AWD with an Active Center Differential. It's the EXACT the same setup as an Evo IX. Except mated to the SST-CCT (paddle shifter tranny) and an option for the turbo diesel.

        I hope to little black baby jebus that they bring it over here to the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The overall style and bodywork is nice but the back is SO ugly
        • 7 Years Ago
        It looks like an Infiniti EX from the back- WHY!?!?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car looks incredible. If they bring it to the US, it will likely be my next ride. Almost a smaller version of the Acura RDX I am driving now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if potential customer attitude research showed a deficit in the intend to by category when compared to the STI - because of that hatch's practicality.
        • 7 Years Ago
        We can only blame Europe for it.

        ... Not like it's a bad type of blame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is so much better looking in sedan form. Too bad the interior and driving experience are so horrid. This is a truly unattractive hatchback.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a Subaru Tribeca rear end
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks awesome. I think the back end could look much better than it does, but I still think it's great.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did I miss something? It's a station wagon...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please, please extend that hood as one piece to the grill. That stupid seam across the front of the hood is simply unnecessary and downright ugly. I'm not sure why it's so popular for manufacturer's (especially Toyota) to put that ugly seam straight across the front of the hood. These cars would look so much cleaner with a single piece hood that had lines integrated in the naturally occurring openings of the grill.

      • 7 Years Ago
      If only they had an interior to match it looks. I am afraid that it will come with Chrysler-inspired plastic in 90's GM gray.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is very attractive, at least for a 4 door vehicle. While I have no plans to ever buy a 4 door sedan or station wagon, this vehicle is attractive enough and now practical enough with that hatch to warrant replacing a small SUV.

      It's great that the various manufacturers' are overcoming their obsession with 4 door sedans. They are finally starting to realize the true desire in the market place for hatchbacks (which in my opinion consumers always have and always will have a market for in the US).

      My real preference would be a two door hatchback. The offerings of 2 door coupes and hatches is seriously lacking here in the US. When will manufacturers realize that the vast majority of miles driven in the US are with only one person in the vehicle? I want a small efficient commuter car for work and errands, but a slightly larger vehicle such as that proposed Lancer Sportback or small SUV for hauling passengers. The standard Lancer in a 2 door version would be an incredibly attractive and desirable vehicle.

      • 7 Years Ago
      This would be my next car when my WRX wagon has to go. Now please offer it in the US with AWD and diesel power.
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