http://lancerevolution.ca/archive/category/news/TORONTO, Ont. - Celebrating a record sales year, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. (MMSCAN) today introduced the all new 2009 Lancer Ralliart high performance sports sedan and showcased the innovative Concept-cX, a new generation turbo diesel compact SUV, at the Canadian International Autoshow.
Commenting on sales Koji Soga, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. said “We ended 2007 with a record year for Mitsubishi. But even more important, our CY07 sales results of 16,759 units led the industry in percentage gain, with a 53 percent increase over CY06. Our increase far outstripped the next closest competition. Obviously, we are pleased and honored. I can also tell you that our dealers are very happy, too.”
Bridging the performance gap between Lancer GTS and the technologically advanced Lancer Evolution, the 2009 Lancer Ralliart is a distinct departure from the previous generation model. Equipped with Mitsubishi’s sophisticated All Wheel Control (AWC) and a detuned yet very potent version of the Lancer Evolution’s 2.0 litre turbocharged four cylinder, the 2009 Lancer Ralliart offers exceptional performance and handling.
Lancer Ralliart’s AWC system is a direct descendant of the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) used on the Lancer Evolution. Equipped with full time all-wheel drive, the AWC system features a front helical limited slip differential, a rear mechanical limited slip differential and Mitsubishi’s proven Active Centre Differential (ACD).
The all new 4B11 powerplant, introduced in the 2008 Lancer Evolution, is recalibrated for use in the 2009 Lancer Ralliart. This all aluminum turbocharged and intercooled 2.0 engine develops 237 hp @ 6000 rpm and 253 lb-ft of torque @ 3000 rpm and is mated to Mitsubishi’s exciting new Twin Clutch Sportronic® Shift Transmission or TC-SST. The 2009 Lancer Ralliart will be available in dealerships by late summer, with an estimated MSRP in the $30,000 to $35,000 range.
The uniquely styled Mitsubishi Concept-cX compact SUV represents a new generation of vehicle that realizes an ideal balance between environmental and everyday practical performance. Concept-cX uses a high output, high efficiency 1.8 litre clean diesel engine featuring a variable geometry (VG) turbocharger for optimum boost control and a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) with diesel particulate filter (DPF) in the exhaust system, for compliance with Europe’s Euro 5 emission standards. Mitsubishi’s new TC-SST transmission adds superior efficiency for responsive performance combined with excellent fuel economy with low emissions. One new environmental technology applied in Concept-cX is the use of interior trim materials made from Mitsubishi’s own Green Plastic, which is made from bamboo and other plant-based resins. Inside a high seating position expands the view, while the compact size makes for easy maneuvering. and the split tailgate allows easy loading and unloading of luggage. And for both performance and safety reasons, Concept-cX uses Mitsubishi’s electronically controlled 4WD system with 19 inch wheels and 225/45R19 tires to provide intuitive handling and outstanding stability on all road surfaces.
In Canada, Mitsubishi presents seven different models in a total of 21 distinct trim levels. Captivating passenger cars include the compact Lancer in DE, SE, GT and GTS trim and the value packed midsize Galant in ES, GT and high performance Ralliart versions. The stylish compact Outlander SUV adds a new trim level, the ES 2WD and ES 4WD, to compliment the LS 4WD and XLS 4WD, while the midsize Endeavor is available as an SE 2WD, SE 4WD and the super luxurious LIMITED 4WD. Next, the stunning sports duo of Eclipse Coupe and Spyder, both available in GS or GT-P trim. And lastly, the all new, World Rally Championship inspired, 291 hp, high performance, Super All Wheel Control, Lancer Evolution sports sedan – available in GSR, MR and MR Premium trim levels – each of which is absolutely bristling with cutting edge drivetrain technology. Look out Canada, Mitsubishi is on the move.
LATE SUMMER?! earlier than i thought :shades: