Good news for hatchback fans, sorta. The long awaited by few Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback will only come in top of the line Ralliart and GTS trim levels in the U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency has only certified the top two engine choices of the five-tier Lancer family to be dropped into the five-door car. This is not a bad idea considering hatchback are not always popular in the U.S., especially cheap/slow ones.
Just like the sedan, the Sportback GTS will get a DOHC 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 168 hp, with a choice of five-speed manual (EPA rated at 20/27 mpg) or CVT (21/27 mpg). The Ralliart version will get a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder making 237 hp and rated at 17/25 mpg. It also comes with a six-speed TC-SST paddle sift transmission and all-wheel drive.