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lancer sportback

Mitsubishi is set to unveil a hatchback version of its Lancer Sportback later this year. Stunning? We think so!

The Paris stand will hold two Lancer models, the Lancer Ralliart (based on the sedan) and a Sportback Ralliart.

Both show cars are powered by Mitsubishi's new turbocharged two-litre four-cylinder engine with MIVEC variable valve timing to produce 177 kW and peak torque of 343 Nm.

Mated with Mitsubishi's Twin Clutch SST (sport shift transmission), drive is to all four wheels via an active centre differential. Stopping power is improved from more sedate models with two-pot calipers up front and a larger brake master cylinder.

At launch, the five-door hatchback will be available with a choice of 1.5- and 1.8-litre petrol engines or a 2.0-litre turbodiesel. Mitsubishi has noted that the range will be bolstered with the addition of its new diesel engine in 2009.

An extra feature on the hatchback is its adjustable floor height while, for added space, the rear seats can be tipped forward by using a lever located in the boot.

Heavily influenced by the Prototype S concept shown at this year's Geneva Motor Show, more details will be revealed with the Sportback's official reveal at the Paris Motor Show in October.



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