First Impressions on the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Mitsubishi is a Japanese car manufacturer part of the more diverse Mitsubishi Group; it is one of the oldest Japanese brands, having been established in 1870. The name of the brand is composed of two Japanese terms, “mitsu” and “hishi”, which combined are read mitsubishi and can be loosely translated as “three diamonds”, which is also the company’s logo. The Mitsubishi Group is today a far-reaching conglomerate with tentacles in the mining industry, shipbuilding, electronics, real estate, gas and oil, and even foods and beverages and many more. General Motors would be proud of them. Nevertheless, we’re only interested in the automotive part of this three-diamond corporation, especially now that they’ve finally launched a car which can compete with the more powerful American and European industries.

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback picture

We are talking of course about the new Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback for 2014, a true example of technological progress and Japanese perfection. The Lancer has always been one of the best Mitsubishi cars, and they’ve managed to maintain their standards and their standing in the auto competition mainly through that. This year, or rather next year, they’re coming back in force with a new line of Lancers, a more classic sedan and the Sportback we want to present today. One of the most attractive features about the new Lancer is the hatchback trim. And because it is a sport-back, Mitsubishi really outdid themselves on the exterior design, and endowed it with some pretty aggressive and dynamic lines.

The front grille on the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a very cool addition, and it truly gives it that aggressive character you love to see on a sports car; we also liked the raised rear spoiler which makes it look like it could fly, and the chrome exhaust and angled headlamps. The car is made to be taken out for a ride, on trips and excursions, which is why it was thoughtfully equipped with a very nifty sport rack that can hold pretty much anything you can imagine.

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback picture

We know you’re more interested in finding out what’s under the hood, so we’re just going to say that the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback comes in two optional variants, one with a 2.0 liter engine, and another with 2.4 liter engine. The first variant can rouse up to 148 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, while the latter boasts some 168 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The top speed on both cars will probably be something like 115 mph, and from these details we can approximate that it can reach 60 mph in at least 10 seconds. All in all, the new Sportback looks like it’s going to make a very good impression on the roads and car shows.

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