We won't make a comparison between the Lancer Sportback Ralliart and its competitors because this isn't the purpose of this test-drive, but the car looks gorgeous. The are a few minor issues here and there but, overall, it has the looks of a model that can proudly sit near a supercar.
Its front side is 100 percent the same with the one on the sedan
, with the same Jet Fighter grille that gives you goosebumps if seen during the night. The chrome surrounding is still there, so you can be sure that you'll see your reflected scared face after meeting the Lancer Sportback Ralliart on a dark alley. The grille, the bi-xenon headlights and the hood scoops form the aggressive combo that surely helps the car set itself apart on the street.
Lean your head towards the side of the car and you'll see a completely different car. It's not the front side that catches your attention, but the rear part that seems to be a modern combination of a regular hatchback and a high-performance vehicle. From the side, the car retains the same night hunter looks, although the white paint might recommend it as some sort of an aggressive guardian angel.
Unfortunately, the rear side is the part where most critics feel themselves entitled to comment on the design. And, to be completely honest, they might be right in the sense that the design of the back might fail to match the other aggressive lines but it is far from being ugly. Probably the rounded liftgate and the rear window aren't so appropriate for a pretty angular shape, but it can't be at all considered a handicap in front of the competition.
Last but not least, Mitsubishi turned to multiple eye-catchy and apparently useful high-performance elements, such as the hood scoops, the front air intakes adjacent to the fog beams (used to cool the brakes) and the rear spoiler to add the extra zing to the car's aggressive body.
It measures 4585x1760x1515mm (180.5x69.2x59.6 inches), pretty similar to the sedan (4570x1760x1490mm / 180x69.3x58.7 inches) but, after seeing both, the Sportback makes you believe that you're about to drive a much longer vehicle.Continue reading
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