• Jul 2, 2008
Click above for more spy shots of the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Sportback.

We're eagerly anticipating the debut of the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback and its Ralliart variant in Paris this September, and these recent shots of the five-door making the rounds in Barcelona are just enough to keep us interested. Judging by the German numberplates and a couple of shots that surfaced on Autoweek.nl, we'd guess that the Ralliart Sportback is in the hands of motoring journalists abroad or was on its way to a photoshoot ahead of its launch.

As we've seen previously, the Ralliart hatch takes the Evo-styled front end from its four-door counterpart, along with new side sills, darkened wheels and a subtle rear spoiler. In Europe, the Lancer Sportback will come equipped with either a 1.5- or 1.8-liter four, or a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, while those of us in the U.S. get to enjoy an Evolution experience on the cheap, with a de-tuned version of the 4B11T/C 2.0-liter four, producing 237 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque. We like it in red, white or slate grey would be our chosen hue when the Sportback goes on sale in the States early next year.

[Sources: The Auto Union, Autoweek.nl]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks much better now that I see it on the street.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Blistered fenders please.
        • 6 Years Ago

        and wider wheels/tires...
      • 6 Years Ago
      As the owner of a Subaru WRX wagon...I'd totally rock the Ralliart sportback if there wasn't such a slope to the rear hatch which seems to ruin the functionality and proportions entirely.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +2 It seems like they were too scared to make a "wagon" that they made an ugly, useless hatch instead. Too bad, I love wagons.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know it's crazy fast, but it looks kinds goofy. Make it a three-door hatch and it would look better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ....wanted to add that the Black one and the White one look cool. Wierd angle in the pic above makes it look funny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ouch.. front looks good, back not so much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I swear I saw two Lancer Ralliarts in Canada last week when I was there on vacation. They weren't EVO Xs or regular Lancers. They looked exactly like the Ralliart prototype shown at the autoshows. Unless the GTS has the Ralliart front facia in Canada instead of the US stock bumper.

      One was on across the street in Toronto while I was driving my GTS but it turned right before I could get a glimpse of any badging. It did have the Ralliart front but the sides and spoiler of the GTS, so I know it wasn't an EVO.

      The wait for the Ralliart has been insane, bring it out already.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the look of this car a lot. I prefer it to Subaru's hatch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Styling wise, it's a definite improvement. I've never understood the "sedan" body style-- why waste all that space above the trunk with empty air? Love the hatchbacks!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well sad to read the Inside Line review that the transmission programming slows the car down in the 0-60 sprint. But do you really need a 5 sec 0-60 in the real world.

      Mitsubishi still hasn't released the pricing and hopefully it will be less than Inside Line's estimate of $27k starting. The car is off the table if it comes out to $30k with a good stereo system and tax.

      The '08 GTS still seems to be the best Lancer out there. It is just as fast as the '09 with the bigger engine, and gets better fuel economy.

      The best thing about the Lancer Ralliart is that the insurance shouldn't be as much becuase it doesn't have EVO in the name. Oops wait, the insurance institute moved the Lancer up one segment because it looks like an EVO. All well better to just get the EVO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      See Subaru, there is such a way to do a hatch and make it look nice.

      I would definitely put this on my list in terms of cars that I would be interested in. It looks great.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sexy is the Astra sloping end, this isn't sexy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, make a hatch that has the same cargo capacity of a sedan. That's how you make it look good. And then it doesn't have the cargo capacity of hatch, which was the point to begin with.

        Mitsubishi should quit coming out with new versions and instead focus on improving what they have. The Evo guys are experiencing massive quality problems. Not a new thing for Mitsubishi owners, but if they want to stay in business they need to get with the program.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Certainly not a spy shot as the car has been officially presented in Barcelona in June. Lots of photos available at www.blick.ch and elsewhere. The cars available for road testing were Lancer Sportback, Lancer Sportback Ralliart and Lancer Sport Wagon Ralliart (without the huge rear wing).
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