Mitsubishi Lancer S Hatchback Hits the Net

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz

Even further image leakage is dripping onto the [Internet] floor, and Carscoop 's there to scoop it up. Sketches of a new Mitsubishi Lancer S hatchback model are hitting the net, and I have to say it looks even better than the sedan does. Offering a five-door, sloping hatchback is absolutely necessary in sedan-averse countries in Europe, like the UK, France and Italy. It's the reason why Subaru's Impreza wagon became more of a traditional two-box hatch this time around. Mitsu is doing the right thing by following suit. It should have the same turbocharged 2.0-liter engine pumping well over 220 horses to an advanced, Evo-style AWD system. Juiced? Wait till the Geneva show March 4 to see it in the metal. Or, you know, before.

Justin Berkowitz
Justin Berkowitz

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  • John Williams John Williams on Jan 25, 2008
    @carguy: "I don’t know why most folks in the US don’t like hatches because they do seem to like SUVs and SUVs are just oversize hatchbacks." I believe the reasons are largely psychological -- people buy cars very much as status symbols, and a hatchback simply screams "I'M POOR!!! I WASH CLOTHES AT THE LAUNDROMAT AND I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD THE MATINEE!!!". CUVs and SUVs offer the "proper" social status validation, as well as more perceived space, comfort and peace of mind. Plus the Joneses just bought one. It's all psychological, methinks.
  • IronEagle IronEagle on Jan 25, 2008

    Very nice.

  • Mirko Reinhardt Mirko Reinhardt on Jan 26, 2008

    @N65523 Having never been, I’m curious as to why many European markets do not favor a sedan over a hatchback. Practicality and style... Sedans are perceived as grandpa-mobiles, I guess the average Jetta buyer in Europe is... 78? Would they be driving C/SUV’s if road’s were larger and fuel was less expensive? They don't handle as well and you need to lift everything a bit higher, so... why?

  • Justin Berkowitz Justin Berkowitz on Jan 27, 2008

    I'm a huge fan of the hatchback layouts. After owning this GTI, there's pretty much no way I can go back to a conventional sedan (unless it had a killer diesel...)