Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Baby Got Sportback

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Baby Got Sportback

Article excerpt

LANCER'S family is now complete.

The all-new Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback joins the sedan line-up, while Ralliart variants have also been welcomed into the fold.

The Sportback comes standard with standard Active Stability Control with Traction Control (ASTC), ABS braking system with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) and the availability of seven airbags across the entire range.

According to Mitsubishi Australia's president and chief executive officer Robert McEniry, the company has experienced solid success with sales of the Lancer sedan since its release last year, and with its versatile hatch style body, the all-new Lancer Sportback will open up additional opportunities.

"In the current economic environment, Australians are turning to the small car to meet their driving needs, and the success of the Lancer sedan is testament to that fact," he said.

"There is no doubt that the all-new Lancer Sportback will open up additional opportunities for us here in Australia.

"It is 13 years since Mitsubishi has been able to offer a hatch-style body in the small car market, and now we have the opportunity to expand our appeal to all small-car consumers.

"This car looks fantastic and is designed to appeal to the style-conscious driver who enjoys an active lifestyle and demands great looks, great flexibility and great safety and performance from their vehicle."

The Sportback comes to the Australian marketplace in three well equipped and attractively priced street variants that mirror the sedan's line-up - the entry level ES, mid-range VR and sporty VRX.

In addition, the Lancer Ralliart Sportback will join the line-up, and along with its Ralliart sedan brother, will provide a logical transformation to the big daddy of the Lancer range, the Evolution sedan.

Three engines are available in the Lancer Sportback line-up, with the ES and VR receiving the 2. …

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