• Dec 2, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart

Any chance we get to grill a Mitsubishi PR person about the 2009 Lancer Sportback, our questioning inevitably centers on whether the five-door will be packing the Lancer Ralliart's turbocharged, all-wheel-drivetrain. At the New York Auto Show, we were told that the Sportback would "probably" carry the Ralliart's 237-hp, turbocharged inline-four and Evo IX-derived AWD system, but nobody from Mitsubishi would confirmed it. Some snooping at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website reveals that Mitsubishi has already filed with the Feds for three different drivetrains for the 2009 hatch, including the GTS' 2.4-liter four-pot attached to either a CVT or five-speed manual, and a 2.0-liter DOHC turbo equipped with an "Automatic (S6)." The automatic in question is almost assuredly the six-speed twin-clutch (TC-SST) gearbox available on the Ralliart. For those of you unable to get around the recently redesigned 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX hatch's shape, a credible contender has arrived, and it should be hitting dealers this spring.



[Source: EPA via IL]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      i was just wondering but theyre not gonna make an estate version of the new lancer are they.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The lancer sedan is a handsome car, this looks like a failure from the 80's. Somebody should get fired for designing the ass end to look like it does.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If people thought the new Mazda3 had a silly smile... this Mitsubishi's new front looks like its mouth is wide open and yelling!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes I do realize that!

        I was commenting on this article because of all the talk about the Mazda3 grill.

        I like it! No worries!
        • 6 Years Ago
        No one has a problem with Audi's grilles... Or because it's Luxury, does that make everything OK?
        • 6 Years Ago
        > "Talk about mega douche of the year in the picture"

        If you think that's bad... take a look at this. I wear funny costumes too:

        http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Scrip/500181638

        Before you can talk about my picture... you must show your picture. I'm pretty sure you're not a tachometer.

        If you make one more comment without posting a new picture.... you automatically become the mega douche. I don't make the rules.

        Alright folks... let's see what ol' Jakey will do!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Brave man bringing up silly smiles with that profile picture :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        You do realize this nose has been around for a year on the Evo, right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mitsu had a sportback Lancer a few years ago and it was a total flop. I don't think the overall demand for a sportback has changed that much in America. The demand for sportbacks is not that high in America with the exception of a few hard core enthusists.

      However, a turbo Ralliart verson might boost sales a bit. If they can keep the price right near the Mazdaspeed 3 it will help.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mitsu never had a sportback. not in the states. They had a volvoesque wagon. But the lancer was not a good seller so the uglier wagon wasnt either. I think that the matrix, vibe, mazda3, and scions prove that attractive hatches do sell in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Totally looks like a 4 door 2010 Focus RS

      I hope to see a faster than 237hp version. Something to compete with the STI and RS(if it ever comes to the states)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I meant "gives" the people what they want. .
      • 6 Years Ago
      237hp? I thought the wrx got it's power bump to compete with the ralliart? The wrx is going to wipe the floor with this thing...
        • 6 Years Ago
        You misspelled Mazdaspeed
        • 6 Years Ago
        what proof do you have that STi sales declined? i've seen plenty of new STi's, but i have NEVER seen an EVOX
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a horrible failure on Mitsus part, why did they have to keep the Twin Clutch auto? This vehicle would have been so much better with a 5 speed manual tranny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! Mitsu bring the people what they want.
      ----Applaud----
      Now how about that sweet Evo Hatchback Concept.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 5 speed Mitsubishi would put in this car really isn't a good transmission choice. It is a great shifting tranny but the gearing is all wrong.

      Mitsu really needs a good 6 speed with a long last gear for good highway mileage. The Ralliart could easily get 30mpg on the highway with a 6 speed that is geared right.

      As of right now you are lucky to get 22mpg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Please understand I'm not trying to be a smart ass, but you do know that its very easy for manufacturers to change out gear ratios inside of gearboxes right? there's also final drive ratios to tinker with too. The Evo X box isn't the only manual transmission Mitsubishi has or has ever created. They do put manuals on regular Lancers and Eclipses too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      until it gets some good tires i dont care
      ill take a mazdaspeed 3 or a new wrx over this any day
      or even a cobalt ss turbo, but thats a little out of it because we are speaking of hatches
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