2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 31 January 2009 , 05:01:20 byVeronica

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Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Time has come for us to meet the new 5-door Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, a model that will be available in US dealerships starting this summer for the 2010 models year. The newest member of the multiple award-winning Lancer family is part of the refocused efforts of Mitsubishi to introduce new models designed to meet evolving consumer demands. We will have to wait a bit longer for the carmaker to release the starting price. The new car represents the perfect combination between performance, aggressive styling and increased utility. It will be available in two versions, the economical GTS and high-performance Ralliart. The key elements are a sleekly sloping rear door with integrated roof wing that creates a visually distinctive shape while making the Lancer significantly more versatile. The overall length is slightly longer than the Lancer 4-door sedan, but despite all this, it gains important cargo-carrying flexibility-especially when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded flat. Under the hood, the GTS model hides a 2.0-liter engine capable of generating 168 horsepower and 167 lb. ft. of torque. This is mated to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed CVT automatic transmission. The Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart receives power from a 2.0-liter MIVEC turbocharged engine capable of producing 237 horsepower and 253 lb. ft. of torque. All-Wheel Control with Active Center Differential is offered as standard and is the 6-speed Twin Clutch-Sportronic Shift Transmission that is fitted on the Lancer Evolution. Both the CVT and Twin0Clutch transmissions include magnesium-alloy paddle shifters. The Dakar is the most grueling rally car in the world and Mitsibishi vehicles have won the event 12 times since 1983 when it was their first attempt. Premium interior elements like those found on the Lancer sedans are also part of the resume of the Sportback.