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Mitsubishi Releases Lancer Ralliart in Japan

 

21st July, 2008

Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced the Japanese release of the premium sporty 4WD Ralliart trim level to the Lancer (Galant Fortis in Japan) line-up. The new model raises the driving pleasure bar while retaining all the utility and comfort qualities of the base model.

Launched in August 2007 Galant Fortis was MMC's first new sedan model in seven years. It has been well received by customers looking principally for everyday utility plus a taste of sporty performance, while the Lancer Evolution X finds favour with those drivers looking to enjoy a serious sport driving experience, participation in motor sport events included. The new Lancer Ralliart strikes an excellent balance between everyday driving comfort and fun-to-drive dynamic performance and, as such, will meet the needs and demands of a wide spectrum of customers.

Product walkaround

Exterior

  • The car features a unique front bumper designed to reduce air resistance. Increasing the size of the "jet-fighter" grille, an element of the MMC sedan design identity, both improves engine cooling and with the chrome treatment of its perimeter enhances the premium look to the car. The bottom edge of the bumper is designed as an air dam for improved handling and vehicle stability at higher speeds.
  • The engine bonnet uses a lightweight aluminium panel with an air scoop to feed the turbocharger; twin air outlets discharge heat from the engine compartment.
  • The unique rear bumper accommodates twin tail pipes. The bumper's design enhances airflow control and contributes to better straight-line stability at higher speeds.
  • The factory-fitted option rear spoiler generates effective downforce.
  • The grille and boot lid carry the Ralliart emblem.

Interior

  • The interior uses an elegant deep black colour scheme while the dashboard features an ornamentation panel comprising a geometric check pattern and silver pin beading that adds a mechanical taste and gives the cockpit a sporty, high-quality appearance.
  • The unique instrument cluster dials use matte black faces with white high-contrast graphics for excellent legibility.
  • The steering wheel and shifter knob are wrapped in luxurious genuine leather. The aluminium accelerator and brake pedals are fitted with non-slip rubber strips.
  • The front seats keep the occupant securely and comfortably positioned and use high-grip suede-knit upholstery. The shoulder bolster carries the Ralliart tag.

Engine

  • Lancer Ralliart is powered by an intercooler-turbocharged 4B11-type 2.0-litre 16-valve DOHC MIVEC high-performance engine. With the focus on low- to mid-range torque, the engine uses a single-scroll turbocharger. Optimisation of the cooling and exhaust systems boosts output to maxima of 177 kW (240 PS)/6,000 rpm and 343 Nm (35.0 kg-m)/3,000 rpm.
  • Lancer Ralliart returns 10-15 mode combined driving pattern fuel consumption of 10.2 km/l (filed with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) and earns a 3-star rating for emissions that are 50% better than the Japanese 2005 Emission Standards.

Transmission

  • Lancer Ralliart is fitted with Mitsubishi's Twin Clutch SST (Sport Shift Transmission) automated manual transmission that allows the driver both the fun and economy of a manual gearbox plus the convenience and comfort of an automatic transmission. The Twin Clutch SST used on the Lancer Evolution X has been modified for Lancer Ralliart with different ratios for 5th and 6th gears to give improved fuel economy in high-speed cruising on longer trips.
  • The driver has the choice of two automated shifting modes: NORMAL for maximum fuel economy and comfort in everyday driving; and SPORT with shift characteristics best suited to sportier performance.

Full-time 4WD system

  • Lancer Ralliart uses a full-time 4WD system comprising a front helical limited slip differential, an Active Centre Differential and a mechanical rear LSD. These components as well as Active Stability Control and Anti-lock Braking are all electronically and integrally managed by Mitsubishi's vehicle dynamics control system to deliver an optimum balance between sure-footed traction and steering feel, cornering and braking performance.
  • The driver can select between three ACD modes: TARMAC for dry paved surfaces; GRAVEL for wet tarmac or loose unmade surfaces; and SNOW for snow-covered surfaces.

Body and chassis

  • Lancer Ralliart uses Mitsubishi's RISE high-rigidity safety body that gives enhanced multi-directional crashworthiness in frontal, rear and side collisions. The front bumper, bonnet, guards and cowl are designed for enhanced pedestrian protection.
  • The suspension features stiffer control arms and mountings and the use of high-rigidity cast iron trailing arms at the rear. These changes and optimisation of spring rates and shock absorber damping give Ralliart sportier handling, vehicle stability and ride.
  • Ralliart uses 16-inch 2-pot caliper ventilated disc brakes at the front and with optimisation of front and rear systems; delivers braking that matches its higher power output.
  • Ralliart rides on 18-inch 7JJ alloy wheels fitted with 215/45R 18 89W tyres.

Sales information

The new Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart (Galant Fortis Ralliart) is now available at Mitsubishi dealerships throughout Japan.

This important new model is expected in Australia before the year concludes.



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