Mitsubishi's super aggressive-looking Prototype-S makes its debut shortly and is said to closely preview the upcoming Lancer Sportback.
If the 2005 Concept-Sportback and latest Lancer sedan are anything to go by, the new Lancer five-door hatchback should be interesting.
Prototype-S uses a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder DOHC turbocharged engine mated to Mitsubishi's Twin Clutch SST2 automated manual transmission.
Full-time four-wheel drive and Mitsubishi's Active Centre Differential (that uses an electronically controlled multi-plate hydraulic clutch to distribute torque between the front and rear axles) are some of the concept's engineering marvels.
Cosmetically, the Prototype-S sports the Lancer's "jet fighter"-like grille with a matte black finish, mesh inserts and chrome surrounds, the concept also shows off the Evolution X's bonnet and headlamps specific to this concept. Five-spoke alloys complete the look.
At the rear, the design theme is extended with a raked rear windscreen and prominent tail light clusters.
The concept's cabin offers a luxurious mix of black suede on the upper facia and door panels, and a light brown leather for the seat covers.
The latest Mitsubishi concept enjoys its official unveiling on March 4 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Locally, Mitsubishi has said there are no "immediate plans to bring the Lancer Sportback to SA".
"But we are always reviewing our model range and it could be considered for the future depending on the feasibility," the company announced.