Like the sedan, the new Sportback Ralliart packs a 237hp (177kW) turbocharged four-cylinder - a detuned version of the same 4B11 found in the Evo X – and is available with either a five-speed manual or the trick TC-SST dual-clutch gearbox. The car also comes with an active center differential, standard AWD, and twin-piston front brake calipers.
The standard Sportback models are available with either a 109hp (81kW) 1.5L engine or a 143hp (106kW) 1.8L engine or a 140hp (104kW) 2.0L turbodiesel. Inside, there’s an ‘auto-folding function’ that increases luggage space via an adjustable rear floor and folding seats. The vehicle is 4,585mm long (the sedan is 4,570mm) and offers up to 344L of space with the rear seats up and expands to 1,394L when the seats are folded.
The new Lancer Sportback range, including the high-performance Ralliart model, will go on sale in Europe soon after its Paris debut. The carmaker is yet to confirm if the Sportback and any of its variants will be offered in the United States, but if it is give the green light you can expect pricing for the Sportback model to be slightly higher than the sedan, which starts at $26,490.
Mitsubishi will also use the Paris event to present the facelifted version of its Colt minicar, which you can see in our previous story by clicking here.