Seeking more success than its last run during the 2004 model year, the Mitsubishi Lancer
Sportback makes its return for 2010, touting more sportiness and style. This wagon
version of the popular Lancer Sedan
is due to arrive this summer and, although it shares an aggressive front end with its four-door counterpart, promises more versatility, as it is longer and provides more cargo room thanks to its hatchback
design. The Sportback will be available in two trims -- GTS and Ralliart -- and neither of them are slouches. The GTS trim offers a 2.4-liter, 168-horsepower engine that comes with either a five-speed manual or six-speed CVT automatic transmission. The Ralliart trim is powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC turbocharged engine that puts out 237 horsepower and is mated to a standard six-speed Twin Clutch-Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) -- as previously seen in the Lancer Evolution. Other Lancer Sedan features and options carry over as well, such as the available Rockford Fosgate Sound system, hard-disc drive navigation and Recaro sport seats. Pricing is yet to be announced, but we expect the Sportback to have Lancer Sedan-like prices, which are well under $30,000.