Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart to debut at Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2008

Soon the curtains will be up on Mitsubishi Motor Corporation's Lancer Sportback at the Paris Motor Show held from October 4 to October 19 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

For the first time, Mitsubishi will be launching its vehicle at an International show. This autumn will see Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback's European launch and opening at various countries there.

Relying on a body type that is most admired in Europe, this 5-door hatchback looks like it is going to be a big hit there. With the trademark trapezoid- shaped grill and down turned nose, the variants of this Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback are 1.5-liter (109 hp) and 1.8-liter (143PS) 4-cylinder gasoline engines or the 2-liter (140 hp) turbodiesel engine.

The Sportback also offers the convenience of creating more space in the luggage compartment by the 'auto folding function' of seatbacks and adjustment to the floor height by a switch situated in the rear.

In mid 2009, the Lancer's growing family will be joined by a new model which will have the latest Mitsubishi Motor's diesel engine.

Mitsubishi will be simultaneously launching Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart based on its sports sedan and the Mitsubishi Sportback Ralliart adapted from Mitsubishi Lancer Sportcar, at the Paris Motor Show.

These Ralliart models, powered by 2-liter turbocharged, DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engines, give an output of 177KW or 240 hp and 343 Nm of torque.

Powered by a turbocharged engine in conjunction with Mitsubishi's Twin Clutch SST Transmission to distribute power to all the wheels through Active Centre Differential, it makes full use of all situations.

A big brake cylinder and 2-pot caliper brakes in the front will further enhance the performance of this car.

Press Release

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will unveil, for the first time at an international motor show, the Mitsubishi 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 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback will have its European launch this fall with a phased introduction into the various countries in the region.

The company will also be displaying the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart models that are based on the Lancer sports sedan and Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback. These models are powered by a turbocharged engine mated to Mitsubishi's Twin Clutch SST (Sport Shift Transmission) and delivering power to all four wheels through an Active Center Differential.

With its inverted-slant nose and trapezoidal grille that defines the Mitsubishi Motors design identity the sporty Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a 5-door sport hatchback, a body type that is very popular in Europe. The model is available in versions powered by 1.5-liter (109PS) or 1.8-liter (143PS) gasoline engines or by a 2.0-liter (140PS) turbo diesel engine. The Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback offers an "auto-folding function" which enhances luggage compartment convenience through adjustable rear floor height and rear seatbacks that can be tipped forward via a lever located in the luggage compartment. The series is due to be joined by a model powered by Mitsubishi Motors' new diesel engine in spring of 2009.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart models use a new turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC engine [maximum output 177 kW (240PS), maximum torque 343 Nm (35 kgm)]. This is mated to Mitsubishi's high-efficiency Twin Clutch SST transmission with an Active Center Differential, for extremely responsive steering and traction through tailoring the amount of torque fed to each wheel to optimally suit driving conditions. Also helping to significantly raise the basic performance attributes of these cars over the Lancer base model are 2-pot caliper front brakes and a larger brake master cylinder.

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