Pricing for the newest additions to Mitsubishi Motors North America's Lancer lineup has been released. The five-door 2010 Lancer Sportback carries the same distinctive and aggressive styling as the rally-inspired Lancer Evolution but boasts of greater flexibility to fit active lifestyles. The Lancer Sportback has two variations -- the GTS and the Ralliart.
The economical Lancer Sportback GTS features a highly efficient 2.4-liter engine with 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque.
MSRP for the GTS with a five-speed manual transmission is $19,190, while the six-speed CVT automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters starts at an MSRP of $20,190.
The Lancer Sportback Ralliart is powered by Mitsubishi's 2.0-liter MIVEC turbocharged engine that produces 237 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque.
All-Wheel Control (AWC) with Active Center Differential (ACD) is standard, as is the quick-shifting six-speed Twin Clutch-Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) and magnesium paddle shifters that it shares with the high performance Lancer Evolution. The Lancer Sportback Ralliart starts at an MSRP of $27,590.
Bryan Arnett, manager of product strategy of MMNA, remarked that new vehicle buyers are now leaning towards smaller, fuel efficient cars that offer ample room for cargo. He noted that the new 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback boasts an ample cargo capacity that goes along with an aggressive design – thus the vehicle perfectly caters to these kind of buyers.
Designers at the Japanese carmaker chose to create an aggressive fluid shape for the Sportback. They provided the Sportback with the signature "jet fighter" grille, thus making it easily distinguishable as a Mitsubishi Lancer. Likewise, the car features a fresh design from the C-pillar rearward.
Its smoothly sloping rear door with integrated roof wing does not only give the Lancer Sportback its unique shape but also makes the car versatile. Designers extended this door down to the rear bumper to allow easy loading of larger and heavier objects like bicycles and surfboards.
Interestingly, while the Lancer Sportback is just slightly longer than the Lancer sedan, it could carry more cargo. Its cargo capacity could be raised by folding flat its 60:40-split rear seats using its one-touch auto-folding feature. To further add room to yield a 52.7 cubic ft. maximum cargo space, rear cargo floor could be lowered by three inches.
Likewise, customers could use the roof to carry more loads, using the plug-in Thule Sport Rack. Inside, customers will be able to find premium features existing on the Lancer sedan. The Ralliart variant features a standard 140-watt CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, which can be uprated with an optional 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate Premium Sound System, Sirius Satellite Radio and an in-dash CD changer with MP3 capability.
Also available as options on the new Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback are Recaro sport seats for optimal driver and passenger support as well as a hard disc-drive navigation system with the carmaker's exclusive Diamond Lane Guidance for route guidance.