Mitsubishi is now welcoming new Ralliart and a Hatch variants into its Lancer ranks, offering a greater range of Lancer models than ever before.
“The big story is the inclusion of the Hatch,” said Mitsubishi Motors NZ’s sales and marketing general manager Peter Wilkins. “The small and medium car segments are dominated by Hatch sales and its arrival provides options for Lancer customers wanting greater versatility.
“Specifications of the Lancer Hatch match those of the Sedan, as do the price points,” he said. “Where the Hatch differs is in its larger, more flexible cargo space — one-touch fold-down seats create larger volume in the rear, which is easily accessible through the rear door. A further 56 litres is also available in the boot, thanks to its drop-down floor feature.
The new Lancer Ralliart is another exciting addition to the range, said Mr Wilkins. “It is designed to wow those who drive it and the inclusion of the automated-manual TC-SST (Twin Clutch — Sport Shift Transmission) allows them to maximise its performance.”
Ralliart’s 2.0L DOHC MIVEC turbocharged intercooled engine provides 180kW and 349Nm, while full-time 4WD delivers the power to all four wheels.
“We were really keen to offer an exhilarating, performance-tuned car to bridge the gap between the VRX and our range hero the Evo X,” said Mr Wilkins.
“The Ralliart provides that step up from the VRX. Closer in appearance and performance to the Evolution, Ralliart offers another option within the Lancer family.”
Another significant change for the range is the inclusion of a 2.4L DOHC MIVEC engine in both Sedan and Hatch VRX variants. The new engine delivers greater power and torque over the SX and VR 2.0L version — that’s 127kW and 230Nm over 115kW and 201Nm to be exact.
Both the SX and VRX variants feature either 5-speed manual transmission or 6-speed CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
Fuel consumption, stands at 7.6L/100km for the manual SX Sedan and 8.2L/100km for the CVT option. Consumption for the manual SX Hatch is 7.9L/100km and 8.3L/100km.
The larger-engined VRX uses 8.7L/100km in the manual Sedan and 8.5L/100km with CVT, while the Hatch uses 8.8L/100km and 8.9L/100km respectively. On premium unleaded 98, the Ralliart consumes 10L/100km.
Externally, the Ralliart shows a close resemblance to the Lancer Evolution X and includes an aluminium bonnet lid. Recaro race-style seats and a Rockford Fosgate sound system with a sub-woofer provide an internal point of difference over the VRX.
“The 2.4L VRX provides another option for buyers, particularly those of fleet vehicles, by adding diversity not only in specification but also engine size for their more senior staff.”
Prices for the Lancer Hatchback range from $32,500 for the SX manual to $40,990 for the VRX CVT. The Lancer Ralliart will retail for $49,990.