Joining the new Mitsubishi Lancer sedan in European showrooms later this year is the brand new Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback. The hatchback version of the Lancer, seen earlier as the Prototype S, will make it official show debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show this October.
As predicted, the only visible changes between the Prototype-S and the production Lancer Sportback Ralliart concern some minor details like the stock headlights / tail-lamps. Both sedan and hatchback variants of the Lancer Ralliart that will compete against Subaru’s Impreza WRX models are equipped with a detuned version of the EVO X’s new turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder engine developing an output of 240Hp and 343 Nm (35 kgm) of maximum toque.
Power in the Sportback comes from either a 1.5 liter 109 hp or 1.8 liter 143 hp gasoline engine or a 2.0 liter 140 hp diesel powerplant, coupled to the Twin Clutch SST (Sport Shift Transmission). Mitsubishi’s new diesel engine will join the range in the Spring of 2009. The Lancer Sportback joins in a highly competitive hatchback segment. The Sportback will also feature a new ‘auto folding function’ to maximize cargo space through a height adjustable rear floor and rear seats that can be tipped forward.
Mitsubishi will also display their new Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Sportback Ralliart models, the models are placed between the regular Lancer and the top-end Lancer Evolution. the Ralliart models are driven by a new turbocharged 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder DOHC MIVEC engine producing 240 hp (177 kW) and 343 Nm of torque. The more powerful engine is also mated to Mitsubishi’s Twin Clutch SST transmission but with an added Active Center Differential for more responsive steering.
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.