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Mitsubishi’s Stunning Lancer Ralliart Sedan Previews At The Melbourne International Motor Show

February 29th, 2008



 

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) will reveal its sensational new Lancer Ralliart performance sedan at the Melbourne International Motor Show which commences on 29th February.

The newest member of the all-new Lancer sedan family, the Lancer Ralliart has been specifically designed to provide an exciting new stepping stone between Mitsubishi’s acclaimed Lancer ES, VR and VRX sedans and the blistering performance of the soon-to-be-released Lancer Evolution line-up.

MMAL CEO and President Robert McEniry, was delighted to unveil the new Lancer Ralliart at the Melbourne show.

“The all new Lancer Ralliart will provide our customers with another option in the small sedan line-up,” Mr McEniry said.

“They will get a tougher version of the street-model Lancer’s looks, with selected Lancer Evolution performance and technology features, all at an attractive price point.”

Powered by a revised version of the new 2.0-litre DOHC MIVEC inter-cooled and turbo-charged engine available in the Lancer Evolution, the overseas specification Lancer Ralliart generates an impressive 177kW and 343Nm of torque.

Featuring Mitsubishi’s TC-SST (Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission) automated manual transmission, which delivers high-efficiency power transmission and lightning-quick shifting, the Lancer Ralliart also includes a full-time 4WD driveline with Mitsubishi’s Active Centre Differential. The unit employs an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch centre differential, balancing drive torque between front and rear wheels according to driving conditions to create the best performance possible.

The Lancer Ralliart is distinguished from its Lancer siblings by aggressive styling which features an exclusive front bumper design, rear air dam and dual mufflers. An imposing air intake in the lightweight aluminium bonnet serves both an aesthetic and functional purpose - delivering cooling air to the turbocharger while emphasising the vehicle’s aggressive front face. Finally, exclusive badging and trim sets the Lancer Ralliart apart.

“The Lancer sedan family just keeps getting better and better,” Mr McEniry said. “Our standard Lancer sedans have benchmark levels of safety and great looks, and the all-new Lancer Evolution promises a stellar performance experience when it arrives here in just a few months.

“Add to that this newest variant, the Lancer Ralliart which will provide outstanding sports driving at a very attractive purchase price, and the Lancer range looks very appealing indeed.

“And that’s not all. Our all-new Lancer Sportback hatch variant will be previewed at the Geneva Motor Show next week and will be released here within the next twelve months.” Mr McEniry added.

The Lancer Ralliart made its world debut just a few weeks ago and is not due to be released globally until later this year. Australian specifications of the vehicle. will be confirmed closer to its third quarter launch date.

The Lancer Ralliart will be displayed on the Mitsubishi stand throughout the Melbourne show.

Lancer Ralliart Specifications (Overseas Model)
Overall length (mm)
4,570
Overall width (mm)
1,760
Overall height (mm)
1,490
Wheelbase (mm)
2,635
F/R track (mm)
1,530 / 1,530
Occupants
5
Engine
2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC
with intercooler/turbocharger
Max. output
177 kW (240 PS)
Max torque
343 Nm (35 kg-m)
Driveline
Full-time 4WD (with ACD)
Transmission
Twin Clutch SST
Tyres
215/45R18



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