Lancer Sportback Ralliart
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Dec 21, 2009 ID: 13177
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The 2010 Lancer Ralliart duo sets standards for accessible high performance

Lancer Ralliart sedan and Sportback Ralliart 5-door offer a choice of sophistication

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (November 9, 2009) – The 2010 Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Sportback Ralliart continue to offer sizzling performance, impeccable handling, head turning styling, cutting edge technology, all wheel drive grip and available luxury at an attractive price. As both body styles were introduced as 2009 models there are no major mechanical changes for the 2010 model year.

Lancer Ralliart is a traditional four door sedan, while Sportback Ralliart is a versatile five door hatchback design. These welcome editions to the Mitsubishi passenger car lineup are perfectly positioned between the sporty Lancer GTS/Sportback GTS models and the powerful Lancer Evolution – of World Rally Championship heritage.

What’s new for 2110 – selected items

Standard Equipment: Hill Start Assist (HSA); colour Multi-Information Display; new instrument panel gauge design; intelligent washer; short pole antenna; improved interior door trim; redesigned side air dam; leather wrapped parking brake handle

Premium Package Upgrades: Rockford audio system now 710 watts; HDD Navigation system now 40GB, music server portion now 10GB; sound insulator windshield glass

Lancer Sportback Ralliart and Lancer Ralliart share basic features and mechanical systems with the key difference being that Sportback Ralliart has a fifth, hatchback type door, allowing easy access to the versatile cargo area. Both Lancer Sportback Ralliart and Lancer Ralliart are powered by a detuned version of the brilliant Lancer Evolution 4B11 powerplant. The Ralliart version develops 237 hp and, in both cases, is mated to a Mitsubishi 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic® Shift Transmission gearbox transmitting power to all four wheels using the Mitsubishi full time All Wheel Control system.

State of the art powertrain technologies put horsepower on the ground

The 4B11 aluminum engine used for both models is a 2.0 litre, 16 valve, DOHC, MIVEC, intercooled and turbocharged design that develops 237 hp @ 6000 rpm and 253 lb-ft of torque @ 2500~4750 rpm, and is mated to Mitsubishi’s 6 speed Twin Clutch Sportronic® Shift Transmission. The TC-SST is an automated manual transmission with no clutch pedal, that allows the driver to execute lightning quick, silky smooth, upshifts and downshifts using magnesium alloy steering wheel paddle shifters or a console mounted shifter. Basically, the TC-SST is a manual transmission that can select two gears at a time: one gear is engaged by one of the two wet multi-plate clutches, and the other is pre-selected, waiting to be engaged by the second clutch. The gear change is made – either manually or automatically depending on mode selected – when the electro-hydraulically operated clutches are “swapped,” which occurs simultaneously, with no perceptible lag time.

The TC-SST offers two drive modes, Normal or Sport, and within each, the driver may choose automatic or manual shifting. Sport mode uses higher shift points (in automatic mode) and quicker shifting to deliver instant throttle response for better performance feel. The TC-SST delivers satisfying acceleration while also returning superior fuel mileage, thanks to its high efficiency power transmission mechanism.

Ralliart’s full time All-Wheel Control system (AWC) features Mitsubishi’s Active Center Differential (ACD). The ACD unit employs an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential, vectoring drive torque to the front and rear according to different driving conditions to realize the best balance between steering response and traction characteristics on tarmac, gravel, or snow surfaces. Lancer Ralliart is also equipped with a front helical and rear mechanical limited slip differentials.

A sophisticated and responsive suspension system

Keeping Lancer Sportback Ralliart and Lancer Ralliart glued to the road is a carefully engineered suspension system designed to deliver the kind of balance and predictability only found on the world’s best sport sedans. The front suspension employs MacPherson struts, including a strut tower bar, while the rear suspension is a multi-link design that features separate coil springs and shocks. Stabilizer bars are used front and rear, and all of this combines to deliver precise steering, excellent vehicle dynamics and superior ride and handling. Using separate coil springs and shock absorbers also helps to maximize the trunk room. Standard wheels are an 18 inch, 10-spoke alloy design with 215/45R18 all season performance tires. Steering is power assisted rack and pinion with 3.16 turns lock to lock. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) are standard features as well as Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control (TCL).

Chassis & Safety – A top priority for performance and protection

Lancer Sportback Ralliart and Lancer Ralliart are built on the Mitsubishi global performance platform which makes extensive use of high strength steel. This RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) unibody structure disperses energy loads during side and rear collisions and controls distortion, enhancing occupant protection and helping to protect the fuel system in the event of a rear impact. All 2010 Lancers feature an advanced dual front air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with occupant sensors, standard front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags, plus a driver’s knee air bag. Also standard are height adjustable front shoulder belts with pretensioner, three point seat belts and head restraints for all occupants and steel side guard door beams. Rear doors have child safety locks and a LATCH system is installed for child restraint systems (CRS). An anti-theft engine immobilizer is standard, plus all Lancer models have a tire pressure monitoring system.

Sportback or sedan, Ralliart’s good looks turns heads

Inspired by the sporty design and proportions of the Lancer Evolution, the Lancer Ralliart exterior is distinguished by an aggressively styled front bumper design, rear bumper cover, dual outlet muffler and a lightweight aluminum, ducted hood that delivers cooling air to the turbocharger. Sportback Ralliart models have an attractive high-mount rear spoiler while Ralliart sedan models use a conventional trunk mounted design. Fog lights and auto off HID headlights are standard.

The interior design places emphasis on function and vehicle control. Standard features include automatic climate control; steering wheel mounted cruise control; a pre-wire switch for Bluetooth® capability; power locks and windows; leather wrapped sport-type steering wheel with silver accent; leather wrapped shift knob with shift boot; new leather wrapped parking brake handle; new colour Multi-Information Display; four way adjustable RECARO® sport bucket driver and front passenger seats; and a 140 watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 head unit with six speakers, digital signal processor and speed compensated volume and equalization.

Optional Extra Cost Packages

Premium Package

  • HDD 40 GB Navigation system with 10GB music server
  • Single CD/MP3/DVD capable, AM/FM head unit
  • Auxiliary video input jack
  • Auto Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Auto Light Control
  • Power glass sunroof with sunshade
  • Soundproof insulator windshield glass
  • RECARO® leather/sueded fabric front bucket sport seats.
  • 710-Watts (max) Rockford-Fosgate Punch® premium sound system with 9 speaker including custom trunk enclosure with 10” subwoofer, digital signal processor, equalization and speed compensated volume.
  • SIRIUS satellite radio with 6 months complimentary subscription
  • FAST-Key entry system
  • Bluetooth™ HFP system with voice recognition microphone

Mitsubishi “10-5-5” Warranty – Best Backed Cars in the World

Mitsubishi cars and sport utility vehicles are backed by a comprehensive “10-5-5” warranty. The powertrain is covered by a 10 year or 160,000 km limited warranty. The new vehicle limited warranty is covered for 5 years or 100,000 km. Lancer Evolution, Lancer Sportback Ralliart and Lancer Ralliart are backed by a comprehensive "5-3-5" warranty. The powertrain is covered by a 5 year or 100,000 km limited warranty. The new vehicle limited warranty is covered for 3 years or 60,000 km. The program also includes, on all Mitsubishi cars and sport utility vehicles, 24/7 emergency roadside assistance with free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi retailer for warranty related repairs, for 5 years and unlimited km and an anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty for any body sheet metal panel found to have developed perforation (metal rust-through) due to corrosion in normal use for 5 years and unlimited km.

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