Mitsubishi will take the fight to Subaru’s WRX with the local launch of the all-wheel drive turbocharged Lancer Ralliart in both sedan and Sportback (hatchback) body styles.Bridging the gap between the Lancer VR-X and the top-of-the-range Lancer Evolution, the Lancer Ralliart features a detuned version of the Evolution’s 2.0-litre turbocharged and intercooled MIVEC engine that develops 177 kW and 343 Nm.Priced from $42,490, the Lancer Ralliart may be $2,500 dearer than the WRX, but it features the DC-SST transmission from the Evolution model, with ultra fast paddle shift and a choice of manual or auto modes as standard.
With the launch of the Lancer Ralliart coinciding with the local launch of the Subaru WRX sedan for the 2009 model year, competition between these two Japanese marques have never been more fierce.
October 14th 2008
Mitsubishi – great car … blow up the engine one over in Belgium 20 years ago .. company car. Wasn’t me driving, but responsible for the car. Mitsubishi – is really a nice car.
Craig, I always wonder about the Mitsubishi brand. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it cost effective? But our problem here, where I live, is that there is not a service center. To make an appointment for a service 90 miles away does not seem like an intellegent idea. I know someone who has and then “picked up” the car two days later to find out that they have not yet worked on it.
Some people know what customer service is and then – – – well – – – there are others.
It is a shame that Mitsubishi hasn’t made service inroads in upstate NY.