Motors North America confirms the addition of a 5-door Sportback model to its Lancer compact-car lineup.
The Sportback, arriving in Europe after its October debut at the Paris auto show, is due at’s U.S. dealerships this summer as a ’10 model.
“American consumers are increasingly asking for fun, attractive, yet practical cars that complement their active and individual lifestyles,” Dan Kuhnert, executive vice president-sales and marketing for MMNA, says in a statement.
“The Lancer Sportback answers those calls with a heady mix of performance, aggressive styling and the bonus of greatly increased utility, and will be available in two versions – the economical GTS and high-performance Ralliart. The 5-door platform has considerable upside potential in the domestic market.”
The Sportback wears the Lancer sedan’s jet-fighter grille but has a unique look from the C-pillar back, the auto maker says, adding the rear door with an integrated roof wing is both stylish and functional, extending down to the vehicle’s rear bumper to make the loading of larger objects as easy as possible.
The Sportback GTS uses Mitsubishi’s 168-hp, 2.4L 4-cyl. engine in combination with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed continuously variable transmission. The Ralliart is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cyl., making 237 hp, mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Mitsubishi’s all-wheel control and active center differential technologies are standard on the Sportback Ralliart.
Magnesium-alloy paddle shifters come standard with the GTS’ CVT and Ralliart’s automatic transmission.