• Jun 27th 2009 at 10:01PM
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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, Evo GSR and Evo MR Limited - Click above for high-res gallery

Remember the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Sportback we showed you back in October? The one that debuted in Paris? The one that we lusted after for its hatchback practicality and Ralliart brawn? The one that the good folks from Mitsubishi had promised we'd be getting here in the States this summer as an early 2010 model? Well, Mitsubishi has delivered. Sort of. A few Mitsu reps drove down to Irvine from Cypress with a genuine 2010 Ralliart Sportback. And not only that, but they dragged along an Evo GSR and an all-new MR Limited as well.

The Ralliart Sportback drew a lot of attention for its shape, but the Limited was the one that caught our eye. It's a regular old MR with a few differences. In place of the Alcantara bits, Mitsubishi has gone all-cowhide inside. There are also a few additions to the standard options list, including an Evo-first moonroof. Out back, the car has gone undercover by foregoing the large wing that has heretofore characterized the Evo sedans. Sounds like the Evo MR for grownups. Mitsu's reps remained tight-lipped on the details, but pricing is likely to top $40,000 for this model. We didn't get as many shots as we would have liked, but we did manage to get a few that we've assembled in the gallery below. As soon as we get more details, we'll fill you in.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish they just made a proper wagon instead of this sportback thing. Aesthetically from a side view, it looks somewhat cheapish. I didn't mind the look of the previous gen lancer wagons though.

      (Disclaimer: I own an older subaru wagon, and find the 08+ hatches (cept for STi trim) not as appealing)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I too don't get the sportback. I don't think it can add practicality like the writer claims. It doesn't offer any appreciable increase in interior volume. But then I was the owner of an '02 WRX wagon...
        • 6 Years Ago
        30k for the Ralliart sportback? No thanks, for an extra couple grand I'll take the new STi and keep my goold 'ole six-swapper (along with another 50 horsepower).
        • 6 Years Ago
        I guess that I have always liked that World Rally Championship "Eurasian grocery-getter gone wild" look.

        The sportback doesn't pull that for me.

        The STi - on the other hand - sure as heck does. Plus I too like 50 more ponies and rowing my own transmission (I'm not dead yet).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was at Cars & Coffee in Irvine but I never saw these three beautifies. Anyone know what time they showed up? I like the new brake lights they're showing on the MR Limited.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a huge fan of the aesthetics of the Sportback's styling... but that C-pillar looks a bit... wide... hope the view out the back isn't hindered too badly.

      That aside, I personally feel the Sportback's hatchback styling blows the Impreza hatchback styling out of the water. Just a personal opinion, that's all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally I dont think Mitsu or Subaru are driving up the price of these cars as much as the suppliers are. Im assuming that Brembo, Recaro, Enkei and BBS (which are all high end suppliers in the aftermarket) have driven up their prices and both Mitsu and Subaru have had to force their hand. These are not cheap cars to engineer or to produce, where a BMW which does also have high end materials, is sold in droves in many countries. I just think its funny when someone reacts to a 40k plus MR and the same person would probably read about the FQ400 and say "Why cant we get that here? We never get the good stuff".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Butt ugly car to begin with...not it looks even worse with that Venza rear end.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ow Mitsubishi did it again. I don't care about sportback, but just add some more features to your poor interior Evo. then all set.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In reference to the Evo, call me crazy, but I'd honestly rather buy a 335i, either sDrive or xDrive to more closely mimic the Evo/STi persona. Just keep it base if you were so inclined, and you'd spend not much more than those two and have a twin-turbo I-6 (much smoother and virtually no lag in feel), understated BMW styling that isn't boy-racer to make you look like you're trying to hard, yet still gets praise from the younger crowds. Then there's the interior.

      I've driven a 335i, but RWD. Very impressive. I have ultimate respect for the Evo and STi, but the prices are getting a bit much, and sport compact lux sedans like the said 335i might even compete.

      Ultimately, track car, buy the Evo. Sharper than even a 335i with the M-Sport. But for the rest of us, the Bimmer makes more sense to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        An EVO X GSR can EASILY be had right now for $29K. I got mine for $29,8 with the aero package (should have been a $2000 option) and the SSS package which added fastkey, hids, etc. (should have been another $2000 option). There was other other stuff on the car like the aluminum shift knob and parking brake handle, which Mitsu wants something crazy like $400 for (for the pair) as options. All of that on top of 0%... and now after another $2900 invested the car is pushing almost 400WHP thanks to the Perrin Stage III package. I don't think that's a bad investment at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the evo/sti formula worked when they were $29k

        no awd system can cover the fact that you are paying $40k for a tricked out economy car
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was correcting you because I was saying Evos in general didn't sell in high volume, but you thought I was talking about the Limited.

        BMW 3-Series interiors aren't anything to praise .. unless you're comparing it to an Evo. Hard plastics, dark colors only, and a bouncy ride with plenty of tire and wind noise rule the drive of an Evo. Obviously the 3-Series isn't cushy, but it's significantly better. Leatherette in a 3-Series feels like leather, you just haven't had a seat in one, whether you plan on telling me that or not. I've also sat in the leatherette in the new CTS and a couple of Mercedes, they would pass as leather in most companies, especially Mitsu.

        I also don't own a BMW, so you needn't try and label me as some BMW fanboy. It's not because I can't afford one either.

        And like I said, gizmos don't mean quality and luxury. The Evo X has some gizmos yes, but they doesn't mean a soul will ever think it's luxurious.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But you're talking about discounts. The economy is in such a state than almost all cars in the 40K or less range have a discount of some kind, whether big or small.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because the same people who complained that the older Evos were too plain and too crappy on the inside are now complaining that Mitsu couldn't provide better creature comforts and more upsale look and feel for free. And those same people are saying yeah, get a BMW. Then they compare a base BMW with leatherette that you can't find anywhere to a loaded Mitsu with NAV, high powered sound system, smart key and say "For a few thousand more..." Its BS.

        And no, the MR Limited will not be the volume seller. They're just testing the water to see the response. IF enough people bite, these options will trickle down to other Evos.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I never said Evos sell in big numbers, so you're attacking me at the wrong angle. I don't even know why that's even a point. If Mitsu could sell more, they would build more, this may be a way to woo more buyers, it may not, they are just trying things out. However, the Evo will never be a volume seller like a 3 series, unless you want to count base Lancers to the Evo, like a 330 is to an M3.

        Leatherette does not feel like leather and a cheap 3 series is not anything special. Its just market perception has made people into sheep by thinking that these overpriced and overated German cars are so much better then anything else. They do make great vehicles worthy of praise, but only up on the higher end of things, their base models are not it.

        And if you want to talk gizmos, then we can go into the Recaro seats, Brembo brakes, S-AWC, ACD that Evos have that a base BMW doesn't. I was just talking about creature comforts. The Evo has all that plus a huge technological advantage over a base BMW.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I remember when people said you'd be crazy to pay 30K for a hopped up econo box when the Evo came out. But people bought them, quite a few acutally. So now 40K is the new 30K. And guess what, there must be people buying or they wouldn't be coming out with these new models.

        I seriously destest the whole "Why pay that for an X (as in a variable, not necessarily the Evo X) when just a few thousand more will get you a Y. Its easy when you're talking about virtual money. But there are real buyers willing to buy these cars, and a "few thousand more" isn't a trifling sum. The haters that make these comments aren't in the market for these vehicles to begin with.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Tourian:

        Actually, I'm not a hater. As well, I'm in the market for a sedan, even if the 40s are the top end of the price bracket I'm looking at.

        So it's not virtual money. People aren't buying these in the volumes you might think, and certainly not to the levels of other compacts you can have at the price.

        Also, 40K is not the new 30K for everything. If you look, the Evo's price has climbed dramatically in recent years. A vehicle like this is supposed to be basic, not luxurious and expensive. Then why not buy the BMW or some other competitor?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Evos in general do not sell and a very high volume, and certainly not compared to a G or 3-Series.

        I wasn't on the anti-Evo-pricing side until the X came out. So again, you're attacking me from the wrong angle.

        Even a base 335i leatherette feels like real leather. You can't compare gizmos and features with QUALITY interior materials, which the BMW has compared to the Evo. And to counter at least some of the small price bump, there's the BMW free scheduled maintenance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree that the Evo thing worked better when they were high 20's low 30's.

        When you got a fully loaded evo for 34k (280ishhp/lightweight).. and the base 34k bmw (225hp/heavier) then the Evo was worth it.

        Now at 40k you could easily get a 335 for 41k. With 300hp. With a Vishnu Chip you are also pushing 350hp. With Dinan Chip / Exhaust / Intake I'm sure you can get 390-400 hp out of it without stressing it too much.

        The BMW will still be able to take you out to a night on the town.. or a business meeting.

        If your REALLY going to autocross (not once or twice a year but at least once a month) then I would def pick the evo over the bmw. But for anything else.. the Evo doesn't bring anything to the table. Your not going to push the limits or EITHER car on the roads through turns etc.

        This rally car has to be 330hp to be competitive! This thing is more money than a 350hp 350z track edition.

        I understand the AWD.. but still. Its a compact car with AWD (a great one) and a turbo. Thats it!

        If you took an EX Civic dropped a great awd system and turbo on it.. it still wouldn't be worth 39-40k! And the Civic is a much better compact car than a Lancer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am i the only one that doesn't like these things? I've driven a couple of evo's, and they just fail to impress for some reason.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the harder you drive them, the more sense they make, till they break
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Mitsu's reps remained tight-lipped on the details, but pricing is likely to top $40,000 for this model."

      So, like the current MR.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The moonroof has been an option on the evo since 2003- just never available before on the Evo X iteration. I wonder if the moonroof removes the aluminum roof feature. It certainly eliminates any weight distribution advantages.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw the Sportback on the road recently and was wondering "hey, isn't that not suppose to be in the States yet?" It looked pretty nice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I had to do a double take at first but unfortunately I was in the toll lane so I kind of just blew past it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't want to disparage you guys, but do ya think you could take a picture of the damned Sportback from the side at - like - human-eye-level so maybe we could get a sense of what it looks like?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The media photos were included to round out the gallery, but your point is taken. We continually strive to provide the angles you most desire while adding our own artistic touches. And just as a sidenote, the cars at this weekly meet are not ours to drive and evaluate. They are parked and locked for the most part, so we don't always have full access to them.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Thanks for the response! Really!

        I think you guys see so much of these cars that you need to make the pictures interesting...to yourselves. But early in the introduction of a new car I really need to just get a sense of what that that car is going to look like in terms of shape (front, sides, back - from my 5'10" standing perspective) and size - how big is it relative to...the average 5'5" car babe (a near universal measure - I expect).

        So, please, put down the Scott Kelby Guides to Digital Photography wherein he tells you to "fill the frame" with your subject and do your best to give us a photographic perspective of how these cars would look to us as we stand by them on the street...or in our driveways!

        Best Regards!

        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. Simple, straight-on shots would do wonders.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree about the photos. The "artistic" shots should be in addition to the regular shots. Imo a straight side, back, rear, plus some detail shots and diagonals would be perfect.

        Frankly the manufacturer's provided PR photos are usually better and more artistically executed anyways.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Frank, if you want to add artistic touches just get some insanely hot women in skimpy bikinis to stand around the vehicle in seductive poses while taking straight-on shots. We'll get a better sense of the vehicles, and if you bet some good butt-shots your artistic desires will be satisfied.

        BTW, the price in this makes me cringe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Even if you're not a Canadian, canadiandriver.com has reviews that cater well to the common consumer (they address more day-to-day parts of the car).

        Their reviews are usually accompanied with "useful" photos (front, side, rear, trunk, etc.).
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's my big issue with the photos taken by some Autoblog's writers. There is some false belief that holding the camera at an odd angle somehow is artistic and gets a better shot. Several simple shots at normal angles is appreciated but the idea seems to escape some.
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