• Jan 7th 2009 at 7:01PM
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The crew at NextAutos caught a Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback testing in the great state of Michigan, providing us with further proof that the WRX-fighter is on its way to the States. The Sportback is the hatch/wagon/combi variant of the Lancer that originally debuted in Paris, and while Mitsubishi still hasn't confirmed drivetrain choices for the U.S., we've been assured that a Ralliart version is in the cards.

The Sportback aims to unseat the five-door Subaru Impreza both here and abroad, with gasoline engine choices in Europe spanning the range from 1.5- to 1.8-liters, along with a turbodiesel displacing 2.0 liters. The Sportback Ralliart will be powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter MIVEC four equipped on the sedan and putting out 237 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through Mitsubishi's new Twin-Clutch SST transmission and Active Center Differential. Expect the Sportback to arrive on U.S. shores later this year, with the Ralliart variant following shortly thereafter.

[Source: NextAutos]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Shape of the rear end reminds me very much of the new Lexus RX. Somewhat like the BMW X6, too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still dont understand why DSM wont just put a 6speed in the ralliart and then call it a day. The Twin Clutch system in the current ralliart is its achilles heel, I truly think Mitsu dropped the ball on this one. The New WRX was a perfect example of the manufactuer listening to the public and the enthisiast who actually buy cars. According to some contacts at some local Mitsu dealerships they cannot move the ralliarts at all unless they discount them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I also live in MI, there were three of them on M-14 near Livonia, all of which had manufacturers plates on them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hooray for the EPA testing facility in Ann Arbor!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Every time I see this car I really think they just chopped off the trunk and reapplied the taillights, yet strangely at the same time I find it cohesive and attractive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      oh hey!
      Look!
      Its the toyota VENZA!
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...except more fun to drive... ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now we know where the designer of the Pontiac Aztek ended up after he got fired.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the looks. almost like my saab 9-3 hatchback. I liked the lancer GTS, too...this could be a nice replacement for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      thats a damn good looking machine
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi may not have disclosed which engine variants will be offered in the US, but the EPA website shows the N/A 2.4L I4 FWD Manual and Auto and the T/C 2.0L I4 AWD w/ TCSST as the powertrain options for the Sportback. This seems to indicate that it will be offered in GTS and Ralliart trims when it officially debuts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      at least they are innovative. cant say they will be around forever given the small US footprint. They will probably raise the HP again in another year to compete with subbie.
      • 6 Years Ago
      unseat 5 door impreza... yeah right. The Evo is the only thing that unseats the impreza. The ralliart sucks compared to the 2009 wrx... and the base lancer is doesn't sell.

      The concept sportback was spectacular looking. This is warmed over meh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @moyoi
        I agree! Just make the darn thing look better and ill buy. I dont care enough about performance to obtain the Cobalt driver image. :P

        Gimme a Cruz SS (or better yet a Cruz SS wagon) HHR SS is in the same ugly interior boat as the Cobaly SS
        • 6 Years Ago
        "09 Cobalt SS > EVO"

        This HAS to be a joke???
        • 6 Years Ago
        EVO > STI
        2009 WRX >> Ralliart
        all other years WRX > 2008 WRX

        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know about that. If you drive the 2008 WRX STi and the 2008 Evo back to back, you will soon see that the WRX is really just a soft daily driver rather than a hardcore sport car.

        Not that that's bad, but it certainly does not live up to it's reputation.... If the 2009 is anything like the 2008, well, then they are not in the same league.

        Chris.
        • 6 Years Ago
        that's the firs time I heard that about the WRX, I thought usually when pitted against each other the Subaru wins?
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