Gadgeteers won't be bored at all when jumping inside the Lancer Sportback Ralliart. There are lots of toys, not as many as in a kindergarten, but enough to entertain every person that's old enough to get a driving license and step behind the wheel of the car.
All the attention goes this time to the full-color multi-information LCD display with touchscreen support which hosts an army of features: trip meter and odometer, outside temperature, average fuel consumption, and driving distance to empty, service reminder drive mode indicator, A/T position indicator, water temperature warning lamp and low fuel warning Additionally, it provides access to both the audio system and the navigation function, while also providing the interface for browsing among the multimedia files stored on the internal 30 GB hard-disk.
Next there's the impressive 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system: 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer, digital signal processor, speed compensated volume and equalization. Although it does offer RCA connectors, so a number of auxiliary sources can be plugged in as well, multimedia files can be easily stored and organized on the integrated hard-disk via the touschreen display. USB connectivity was the main setback of the multimedia system, so there's absolutely no chance to plug in your flashpen, regardless if you intend to play or copy files on the HDD.
Last but not least, we must mention the steering paddles which feel great, especially if you have the chance to put the car up to test on a circuit or something similar (NOT on public roads though). Probably the only issue is that both paddles are fixed on the steering wheel, so after each slight turn, the driver has to place his hands in the original position. Of course, it's only a matter of time until getting used to them, so an experienced driver would have no problem at all.
Both front passengers will be treated to heated front seats, with two available modes, low and high. Other toys in the Ralliart package are the bi-xenon and adaptive headlights, cruise control, keyless entry with panic alarm feature, front and rear power windows, Emergency Stop Signal and Bluetooth support.Continue reading