Mitsubishi Unveils Lancer Hatch and WRX-Fighter

mitsubishi unveils lancer hatch and wrx fighter

Mitsubishi has unveiled the Lancer Sportback, which is their fun language for "hatchback version of the Lancer." While it may not be the world's finest execution of a hatch in the history of cars, the Lancer is already a good looking vehicle and the added flexibility is most welcome. Mitsubishi's also announced the Ralliart version of the Lancer, which we've been waiting on since we realized that the regular Lancer is as much fun as eating glass. The Ralliart retains the 2.0-liter DOHC engine, but turbocharges its way to 236hp and 253 lb ft of torque. All that power is routed through a clever all wheel-drive system. While we can't yet confirm it for the US, the SST dual-clutch transmission IS go for European production. Considering the American love affair with automatic transmissions and Mitsu's desperate need to move metal here, the dual clutch gearbox's entry into the North America market seems highly likely. Sounds like the Evo's little brother will make for a great WRX competitor.

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  • Cyril Sneer Cyril Sneer on Jun 11, 2008

    But is a manual confirmed yet? All I keep hearing about is the SST.

  • Quasimondo Quasimondo on Jun 11, 2008

    They had the same worries about the Evo X not having a true manual. I think it would be silly of Mitsubishi to not offer a manual to the lesser Ralliart.

  • Rtz Rtz on Jun 11, 2008

    I thought the WRX hatch(wagon) was ugly. This thing looks like an Outback or Mazda 5! Style is popular in Colorado though so I hear..

  • I6 I6 on Jun 12, 2008

    Oh. Yeah.