Mitsubishi ends Lancer Ralliart Sportback

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An upgraded Mitsubishi Lancer range will begin trickling into local showrooms this month as part of the company's end of financial year sales program.

Unfortunately the Ralliart Sportback wo't be among them. The upmarket sporty hatch has been canned for the 2014 model year update, and the dual-clutch variant of the base Lancer Evolution is also no more, effective from the new model year.

Mitsubishi is introducing a value-added edition – to be called the Lancer Sport – based on the entry-level Lancer ES. Additional features for the Lancer Sport comprise 16-inch alloy wheels in a five-spoke design, Ralliart front bumper/grille, VRX rear spoiler, side skirts and a chrome muffler tip. An exclusive hero colour for the Lancer Sport is Lightning Blue (pictured). Available with a choice of five-speed manual or optional CVT, the Lancer Sport is priced from $19,990 (driveaway) for the manual.

Other Lancer variants for 2014 have been revised, with two ISOFIX attachments now installed for every model and level of trim. The base-grade Lancer ES has been de-contented, with a urethane steering wheel fitted in lieu of the former leather-bound rim, new (cloth) seat trim, and mud flaps and the ES badge removed. Just one option is available for the range: the safety pack for the Lancer ES. This consists of a wide colour infotainment display, a reversing camera and reverse parking ultrasonic sensors.

Lancer LX moves sideways, with a new colour infotainment display, rear mudflaps deleted, and gloss black panels without silver pinstripe for instrument panel and doors.

Lancer VRX and Ralliart sedan also lose the rear mudflaps and move to gloss black panels without silver pinstripe for instrument panel and doors, but gain as standard equipment the MMCS system, comprising a seven-inch touch screen, SD card-based 3D mapping, voice-activated Bluetooth/navigation control, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming and an additional SD card slot for music.

In addition the Ralliart picks up a leather centre console and dark-grey 18-inch alloy wheels in a 10-spoke design, rather than the previous eight-spoke design.

As for the lesser variants, the Lancer Evolution gains two ISOFIX child safety seat anchorage points, and decorate trim in the centre fascia and doors now features gloss black finish without silver pinstriping previously used. A performance pack option will provide buyers with Brembo two-piece front brakes, Bilstein dampers for all four wheels, Eibach front and rear springs, and 18-in BBS alloy wheels.

The new model year upgrade for Mitsubishi's small car is timed to coincide with end-of-year offers from the importer, including:
•    Driveaway pricing and a $500 factory rebate for the Mirage ES,
•    ASX front-wheel drive manual for $24,990 driveaway,
•    Outlander LS front-wheel drive with CVT for $29,990 driveaway,
•    Pajero GLX-R automatic $54,990 driveaway with premium paint plus $3000 rebate,
•    Pajero VRX automatic $59,990 driveaway with premium paint plus $3000 rebate,
•    Triton GL 4X2 Single Cab 2.4 petrol manual for $19,990 driveaway,
•    Triton GLX+ 4X4 Double Cab manual for $31,990 driveaway plus $2000 rebate,
•    Triton GLX-R 4X4 Double Cab manual for $38,990 driveaway plus $2000 rebate.

Rebates are available for selected vehicles ordered before May 31 and delivered by June 30.

“We have had a strong start to 2013 and we want to see it continue, so we have developed some outstanding offers across the whole range that will suit buyers wanting high levels of specification at really good prices,” Mitsubishi Australia CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri was quoted saying in a press release. “The timing of May also offers our customers plenty of time to get into a Mitsubishi dealer before tax time.”

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