The Lancer Sportback has joined the Lancer range, expanding what is the most successful model in the now fully imported range, while the return of the 2.4-litre engine offers an alternative to buyers wanting to downsize in size, not performance. Mitsubishi’s Triton also comes in for a makeover in new Fastback form.
Designed in Europe to satisfy Continental car connoisseurs, the Lancer Sportback will appeal to all small-car consumers who seek stunning style, pert performance, five-star safety and the versatility of a hatchback body. The Sportback will be available in three spec levels that mirror the sedan: ES, VR which get minor equipment upgrades for 2009, and the sporty VRX, the latter now fitted with a new 2.4-litre engine in lieu of the 2.0-litre engine in the lower spec models. Both VRX sedan and Sportback receive the larger capacity engine that produces 125kW and 226Nm.
The 2.4-litre engine is also featured in a new premium Lancer model called the Aspire sedan, designed to offer a large-car alternative without compromising on prestige, performance or style. Based on the VRX, the Aspire features 18-inch wheels, unique chrome accents, high-intensity adaptive headlights, besoke tail-lights and Rockford Fosgate audio system, along with the deletion of the VRX’s rear spoiler.
The Lancer VRX (in sedan and Sportback) also receives the upgraded 2.4-litre engine, and features sports-tuned suspension, alloy pedals and body kit.
The new Aspire brings the total number of Lancer models to six: that is ES, VR, VR-X, Aspire, Ralliart and Evolution with four engines ranging from the 113kW 2.0-litre, 125kW 2.4-litre, 177kW 2.0-litre turbo to the 217kW 2.0-litre turbo found in Evolution.
Mitsubishi’s Triton also gets an upgrade in the form of the GLS Fastback. Incorporating a sports styled hard tonneau cover, unique front bumper protector and 17-inch alloys, the 3.2-litre diesel Triton Fastback with Super Select 4WD also boasts leather seats and steering wheel, electric sunroof and air conditioning.
2008 Australian International Motor Show
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