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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback builds on the already competent Lancer sedan, although the overall length is slightly longer to accommodate the new hatch. One-touch auto-folding rear seats split 60:40 to make room for “active lifestyle” parcels and Mitsubishi dropped the rear cargo area floor by three inches to create 52.7 cubic-feet of space when the rear thrones are folded flat.

Powertrain options will come from the standard Lancer and Lancer Ralliart range, meaning you get a 2.4-liter 168 HP, 167 ft-lb with either a five-speed manual or six-speed CVT automatic transmission in the Sportback GTS or if you opt for the Sportback Ralliart, you get a 2.0-liter MIVEC turbocharged engine with a whopping 237 HP and 253 ft-lb of torque. The Sportback Ralliart gets the quick-shifting six-speed Twin Clutch-Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) shared with the Lancer Evolution, as well as some nifty magnesium paddle shifters.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback - At-A-Glance


February 9, 2009 -- CYPRESS , Calif. -- The new-for-2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback joins the multiple award-winning* Lancer family bringing additional versatility and performance to the model line. The Sportback is available in two exciting, five-door trim levels; a sporty GTS and a high performance Ralliart. The front-wheel-drive GTS version is powered by 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and marries its sporty demeanor with enhanced five-door utility. The Lancer Sportback Ralliart adapts the powertrain and all-wheel technology from the Lancer Evolution series. The result is a unique model with enhanced utility that is optimized for exhilarating yet balanced overall road performance.

The Sportback Ralliart gets the same version of the Lancer Ralliart 4B11 T/C turbocharged/intercooled 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine that is derived from the Lancer Evolution, and is teamed with the Twin Clutch-Sportronic® Shift Transmission (TC-SST) from the Lancer Evolution MR model.

Starting with a Lancer Evolution long block assembly, the turbocharger, intercooler and valve timing are modified for impressive street-oriented performance in the Ralliart application. The Lancer Sportback Ralliart engine produces 237 hp at 6,000 RPM and 253 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,000 RPM. The driver can manually shift using the console shifter or the Sportronic® steering column-mounted magnesium-alloy paddle shifters, or can select fully automatic operation. The Lancer Sportback Ralliart's TC-SST unit features Normal and Sport shifting modes. Numerically lower 5th and 6th gear ratios help enhance fuel economy in the Ralliart.

The foundation for the Lancer's agile handling is the performance-engineered global platform that also forms the basis for the Lancer Evolution chassis and underpins the Mitsubishi Outlander crossover.

The Lancer Sportback Ralliart's All-Wheel Control (AWC) system is based on a competition-derived, computer-controlled Active Center Differential (ACD) unit that distributes drive torque between the front and rear wheels in response to driving conditions. The driver can set system response parameters using a "Tarmac, Gravel, Snow" selector. A helical limited-slip front differential and a mechanical limited-slip rear differential help optimize side-to-side torque distribution.

Ralliart-tuned suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels with 215/45 R18 Yokohama ADVAN summer tires complement the high traction afforded by the full-time active all -wheel drive. Standard Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control (TCL) also contribute to safe handling.

Drawing on styling cues from the Lancer sedan series, the Lancer Sportback Ralliart sports an aggressively styled front bumper, rear bumper cover and dual-outlet exhaust. A lightweight aluminum, ducted hood borrowed from the Evolution sedan delivers cooling air to the turbocharger and vents engine heat. The Sportback Ralliart interior shares much of its design and content with the Lancer GTS and Lancer Evolution, such as the GTS sport bucket seats. Lancer Sportback borrows the Lancer Evolution leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with audio and cruise control switches. Like the Lancer Evolution, the Sportback Ralliart can be equipped with RECARO® sport bucket front seats. Standard user technology includes the FAST Key hands-free entry system, a Bluetooth® HFP system with voice recognition for hands-free calling and an auxiliary / MP3 input jack. Mitsubishi's J.D. Power & Associates' award winning 40-GB. HDD navigation system with music server and a 710-Watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Audio system and SIRIUS® Satellite Radio (with 3-month pre-paid subscription) are also available.

Standard safety features in all Lancer models include 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.

Key Specifications - Lancer Sportback Ralliart
Wheelbase: 103.7 in.
Length: 180.4 in.
Height: 59.7 in.
Width: 69.4 in.
Engine: DOHC MIVEC 2.0-liter inline 4; intercooled/turbocharged
Horsepower: 237 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 253 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission: TC-SST automated manual with magnesium steering column-mounted magnesium shifter paddles
Dynamics: All-Wheel Control (AWC) with computer-controlled Active Center Differential (ACD) all -wheel drive and Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control (TCL)
Wheels: 18 x 7.5 in. cast alloy
Tires: 215/45R18 Yokohama ADVAN asymmetrical summer performance tires

Major Standard Features - Lancer Sportback Ralliart

  • Aluminum hood with heat extractor vents
  • Aluminum pedals and footrest
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Dual exhaust outlets
  • Front Ralliart grille and bumper
  • Rear Ralliart bumper
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • FAST Key hands-free entry system
  • Chrome lower side door molding
  • Premium sport fabric seating surfaces
  • Leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with audio system and cruise control switches

Key Specifications - Lancer Sportback GTS
Engine: DOHC MIVEC 2.4-liter inline 4
Horsepower: 168 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 167 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
Transmission: CVT with INVEC-III and steering column-mounted magnesium shifter paddles or five-speed manual
Dynamics: Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control (TCL)
Wheels: 18 x 7.5 in. cast alloy
Tires: 215/45R18 Dunlop All-Season tires

Major Standard Features - Lancer Sportback GTS

  • 60/40 split folding high-back rear seat
  • Anti-theft engine immobilizer and security alarm
  • Center floor console box with armrest
  • Color-keyed outer door handles and side view mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Fog lights
  • Front map lamps
  • Power door locks and side view mirrors
  • Power windows with driver's one-touch up/down
  • Rear spoiler
  • Tilt-adjustable steering column
  • Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, curtain side air bags, driver's knee air bag and front seat-mounted side-impact air bags
  • 140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with digital signal processing, MP3 playback capability and nine speakers
  • Hands-free Bluetooth cellular phone interface system with voice recognition

Ralliart RECARO® Sport Package adds: RECARO sport front bucket seats, 710-Watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system with PUNCH® control and nine speakers including subwoofer, 6-CD/MP3 in-dash changer, SIRIUS Satellite Radio with 3-month service subscription and xenon HID headlamps. (RECARO is the registered trademark of RECARO GmbH & Co., KG)

GTS Touring Package adds: Leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, xenon HID headlamps, rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto (on/off) headlamp control, soundproof insulator windshield glass.

GTS Sound & Sound Package adds: Power glass sunroof with sunshade, 710-Watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system with PUNCH® control and nine speakers including subwoofer, 6-CD/MP3 in-dash changer, SIRIUS Satellite Radio with 3-month service subscription, FAST-key hands-free entry system


2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback


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