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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart news, pictures, and information
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback - At-A-GlanceThe 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 wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth the Twin Clutch-Sportronic® Shift Transmission (TC-SST) from the Lancer Evolution MR model.
Starting wîth 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® §teering 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.
|Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 152 hp
Torque: 146 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 168 hp
Torque: 167 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 237 hp
Torque: 253 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
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 wîth the Lancer GTS and Lancer Evolution, such as the GTS sport bucket seats. Lancer Sportback borrows the Lancer Evolution leather-wrapped sport §teering wheel wîth audio and cruise control switches. Like the Lancer Evolution, the Sportback Ralliart can be equipped wîth RECARO® sport bucket front seats. Standard user technology includes the FAST Key hands-free entry system, a Bluetooth® HFP system wîth 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 wîth music server and a 710-Watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Audio system and SIRIÚS® 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) wîth occupant sensors, standard front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags, plus a driver's knee air bag.Source - Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Revs Up 2010 Lancer Line With New Features and Revised StylingMitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) is revving up its sporty Lancer compact sedan line for 2010, offering four levels of performance that start at 152 hp and reach 237 hp in the Lancer Evolution-inspired Ralliart model. The Mitsubishi Lancer for 2010 delivers thrilling performance, 'class-up' value, advanced safety, and cutting-edge user-technology in an aggressively styled package. The Lancer brings sporty and bold styling to the showroom, wîth a shark-nosed front end, a distinct wedge-like profile and crisp, taut lines. Lancer is available as the value-minded DE, the well-equipped ES, the sport-tuned GTS and the turbocharged Ralliart.
Showcasing the Lancer line's combination of driver control and value-packed performance, Active Stability Control (ASC) is now standard across the line and the DE now receives standard Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) wîth Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The exterior styling on the Lancer line has been updated for 2010, adding larger side air dams, a short pole antenna and rear combination tail lamps wîth black extensions on the DE, ES and GTS models.
A new Touring Package for the Lancer GTS model brings premium leather seating surfaces wîth heated front seats and soundproof windshield glass.
Lancer Leaves the Pack BehindThe Lancer delivers 'class-up' dynamics, excellent value, advanced safety and available cutting-edge user-technology in an aggressively styled package. Lancer conveys the unmistakable Mitsubishi brand identity through its 'shark-nosed' front end inspired by jet fighter air intakes, a distinct wedge-like profile and crisp, taut lines. The 2010 Lancer is based on the performance-engineered global platform that also forms the foundation of the Mitsubishi Outlander SÚV.
The 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC four-cylinder that powers the Lancer DE and ES models is among the most powerful standard engines in its §egmènt, wîth 152 hp at 6,000 rpm (Federal Tier 2, Bin 5 emissions) and 146 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,250 rpm. (For California, Lancer is PZEV-certified and offers 143 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 143 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,250 rpm). The DE and ES models are available wîth either a 5-speed manual transmission or available continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The Lancer GTS model's 2.4-liter DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine, which is based on the same architecture as the 2.0-liter, produces 168 hp and 167 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The Lancer GTS model is available wîth either a 5-speed manual transmission or an available Sportronic® CVT transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) When equipped wîth the CVT, the Lancer GTS exclusively features a 6-step Sportronic® mode using magnesium §teering wheel paddle shifters. Counter-balance shafts, a system patented by Mitsubishi over 30 years ago to reduce engine vibration and noise, help give the Lancer GTS smooth performance.
The performance-oriented Lancer Ralliart model receives a turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 237 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque. Derived from the Lancer Evolution, the 4B11T engine is paired wîth a standard 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST). In all Lancer engines, the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize performance at all engine speeds.
Inspired By The Lancer Evolution Legend
The performance-inspired Lancer Ralliart gets the turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC 4B11T engine that is derived from the Lancer Evolution, and is teamed wîth the Twin Clutch-Sportronic® Shift Transmission (TC-SST) from the Lancer Evolution MR model. For greater driver control during all conditions, the Ralliart is available only wîth Full-time All-Wheel Drive (AWD) wîth Active Center Differential (ACD), front helical limited-slip differential, rear mechanical limited-slip differential and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Three ACD modes are selectable by the driver wîth a push of a button, Tarmac, Gravel, and Snow.
Starting wîth 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 Ralliart engine produces 237 hp at 6,000 RPM and 253 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 2,500 ' 4,750 RPM. The driver can manually shift using the console shifter or the Sportronic® §teering column-mounted magnesium-alloy paddle shifters, or can select fully automatic operation. The Lancer 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 Lancer Ralliart shows its clear kinship to the Evolution model wîth its aggressively styled front bumper and rear bumper cover, dual outlet muffler and a lightweight aluminum, ducted hood that delivers cooling air to the turbocharger.
Athletic from Birth
The foundation for the Lancer's inherently sporty responsiveness - and for sports car handling in the Ralliart model - is the performance-engineered global platform that also underpins the Mitsubishi Outlander SÚV. Lancer's highly rigid unibody structure, which makes extensive use of high-strength steel, allows for sport-oriented suspension tuning while also providing a compliant ride.
Front suspension employs strut tower bars that enhance lateral rigidity for precise §teering response. The sophisticated multi-link rear suspension is a major factor in providing ride and handling characteristics that might be expected from a more expensive vehicle. Lancer DE and ES
models feature standard 16-in. wheels (steel on DE, alloy on ES) wîth 205/60 R16 tires.
Exclusive sport-tuned suspension for the Lancer GTS employs different stabilizer bars and spring/shock damping rates than on the other models. Standard 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels wîth 215/45R18 tires help make the GTS a confident twisty-road tamer.
Displaying its performance-enhanced roots, the Ralliart uses a thicker front stabilizer bar and 215/45R18 Yokohama ADVAN summer tires. Both the GTS and Ralliart use the same brakes as the larger, heavier Outlander SÚV, featuring 11.6-in. (294 mm) vented discs in front and 11.9-in. (302 mm) solid discs for the rear wheels.
Optional CVT is a Smooth Operator
The new-generation Lancer was the first Mitsubishi in North America to offer an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) in all naturally aspirated models. In contrast to a conventional automatic transmission that uses fixed gear ratios, a CVT operates on a pulley system that allows infinite variability between highest and lowest available ratios wîth no discrete steps or shifts. A CVT smoothly adapts to changing vehicle speeds, helping to improve fuel economy. When equipped wîth the CVT, the Lancer GTS exclusively features a 6-step Sportronic® mode that allows the driver to manually control transmission operation using magnesium §teering wheel paddle shifters - a first in the §egmènt.
Comprehensive Safety Package
For 2010, the entire Lancer line is now equipped as standard wîth Active Stability Control (ASC) and an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). All Lancer models feature a tire pressure monitoring system. The Lancer Ralliart is equipped exclusively wîth standard Hill Start Assist (HSA).
Premium In-Car Technology
The GTS and Ralliart feature a new-for-2010 high-contrast full color LCD Multi-Information Display (MID) and standard Bluetooth® wireless technology cell phone interface system wîth voice recognition for hands-free calling (available for the ES). The GTS is exclusively available wîth the optional navigation system that includes a 40-gigabyte hard drive navigation system wîth music server and Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System.
For 2010, the FAST Key (Freehand Advanced Security Transmitter) entry system is standard on Ralliart and included in the optional Sun and Sound Package available for the ES and GTS. FAST Key allows the driver to unlock the vehicle simply by having the remote in a pocket or purse and grasping the handle on either of the front doors. The package also includes a 710-Watt (max.), Rockford-Fosgate Punch® Premium Audio system plus a power glass sunroof and SIRIÚS Satellite Radio wîth 3-month pre-paid subscription.
Optional on the Ralliart as well, the audiophile-quality Rockford-Fosgate system is custom-tuned for the Lancer's interior acoustics to reproduce all types of music wîth remarkable clarity and power. The system includes a 6-CD in-dash head unit wîth MP3 playback capability and plays through nine speakers in seven positions, including a trunk-mounted subwoofer.
The available HDD Navigation Package combines a 40-gigabyte hard drive navigation system wîth digital music server function; a 7-inch touch panel; the Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System and Mitsubishi Diamond Lane Guidance™ system. (The hard drive navigation system wîth digital music server function is available as a dealer-installed accessory for cars that do not come equipped wîth the factory-installed system.)
Mitsubishi cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks are backed by comprehensive new vehicle limited warranties. Mitsubishi Eclipse, Lancer, Galant, Endeavor and Outlander vehicles come wîth a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; along wîth a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty. The high-performance Lancer Evolution and Ralliart models are covered by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; along wîth a 3-year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty.
All Mitsubishi vehicles have a 7-year /100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty, along wîth 5-years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance, which includes free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi retailer.Source - Mitsubishi
When first introduced, it joined Mitsubishi's other models which included the Galant, their compact car, and the Minica kei car. The Lancer fell into ranks between these two models, serving as the company's lower-to-middle class vehicle. When introduced, it was offered in twelve different trim levels, included the base 1.2-liter sedan, and ranging towards the rally-prepared 1600 GSR. Two bodystyles were offered, the 2-door coupe and the 4-door sedan. There was also a five-door station wagon, but the production levels on this never reached very high. A hatchback was added in 1975, called the Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste and offered with either a 1.4- or 1.6-liter engine. A 2.0-liter unit was later added.
The second generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer was introduced in 1978 and remained in production until 1983. The only bodystyle offered was the four-door sedan; two engine sizes were available, a 1.4- and 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit. The big news for this generation was the addition of the Lancer EX, which brought with it a turbocharger for the 1.8-liter engine.
In 1982 the next generation of the Lancer was introduced. A new model was launched, dubbed the lancer Fiore and based on the Mitsubishi Mirage. This generation of the Lancer was offered in a 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback, and five-door station wagon. The 1.6- and 1.8-liter engines were still available. A diesel version was introduced, and fuel injected and turbocharged versions were offered.
The station wagon was added in 1985, and it was followed quickly by a four-wheel drive version.
In 1988 the next iteration of the Lancer began, and would persist until 1992. The design changed; the car became less boxy, and more aerodynamic in appearance and principle. The edges became more round and modern. The shape followed the design of the Galant.
By now, the Lancer name was being shared with the Dodge Lancer, which was being sold in the United States by Chrysler Group. In Japan, the model was known as the Mirage Aspire.
This generation of the Lancer was sold as a 3-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and 5-door hatchback. Front and four-wheel drive was available.
In 1991, the differences between the Mirage and the Lancer became even greater, though both were still built on the same platform. In the North American market, the Lancer was sold as the Eagle Summit.
A V6 engine, which displaced just 1.6-liters, was introduced and powered the Mirage, along with other Mitsubishi cars. It would even become the power source for one of the HSR Concept vehicles. This V6 engine was the smallest mass-produced V6, a title it retains to this day. Other engine options included a 1.3, 1.5, 1.8, and 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. The 1.3 and 1.5-liter versions were SOHC while the rest were DOHC. The 1.8 was created in both SOHC and DOHC fashion. The standard gearbox was the five-speed manual, with the four-speed automatic being sold as optional equipment.
The big news was the Lancer GSR, which had a high-performance turbocharged engine and would form the groundwork for the Lancer Evolution, commonly known as the Lancer Evo, which began in September of 1993. The Evo used the drivetrain of the Galant VR-4 rally car, and would soon prove its potential as a high performance competition machine.
All of the Lancer Evolutions has shared a two-liter, turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive system. The Evolutions, prior to version V, are the officially-approved models for Mitsubishi's efforts in the World Rally Championship's Group A class and SCCA Pro Rally Championship. The cars are built on the same platform as the other Lancers, but given many performance upgrades and mechanical improvements.
Lancer Evolutions continue to race in Group A and Group N classes.
The seventh generation of the Lancer was introduced in 1995 and produced until 2000. It continued the Lancers successful formula of enjoying strong sales throughout the world. In Japan, the name for the sedan and wagon continued as the Libero; related Mirage models were still available. The Coupe was known as the Mirage Asti in Japan, and the Lancer Coupe in the rest of the world.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V is the only Mitsubishi to earn the WRC Constructors Championship for its marque. Tommi Makinen has claimed four WRC Drivers Championships, from 1996 through 2000, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (IV, V & VI). Makinen has driven Mitsubishi's in most of his WRC career. The exception being a Ford Escort RS Cosworth in 1994 and a Subaru Impreza WRC in 2002.
The eight generation of the Lancer was introduced in 2000 in Japan. Most of the other markets continued with the seventh generation. The 8th gen Lancer was available in a four-door sedan configuration or as a station wagon.
Styling changes for the Lancer occurred in 2004 and 2005 for the North American market. The grille was given more fins so it was closer in design to the American version of the Galant. The facia was changed slightly again in 2006.
The Sportback and Ralliart were introduced to the US in 2004. Both of these trim levels brought more equipped and bigger engines. The Sportback has a 160 horsepower engine and the Ralliart was just a little higher, at 162. For both, the suspension had been improved, resulting in better handling and performance. The cars were lowered and 16-inch alloy wheels could now be found on all four corners. Aerodynamic ground package, fog lamps, and front bucket seats completed the ensemble. The Ralliart was given clear rear tail lights and a rear deck spoiler, which did little except enhance the cars appearance. All Sportbacks were equipped with an INVECS-II automatic gearbox. The Ralliart had the five-speed manual as standard and the four-speed automatic as optional.
Slow sales and financial difficulties for Mitsubishi had the Sportback canceled after just one year.
The Mitsubishi Concept X was unveiled to the public at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show; Concept-Sportback was shown a little while later at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new lancer drew its design inspiration from both of these concepts, which was officially unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. Sales for this generation of vehicle went on sale in the US in March of 2007. it is available as a four-door sedan.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
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