| New Concept Preview | 2008 Geneva Motor Show | Mitsubishi Prototype-S |
Ahead of next week's all-important unveiling at the Geneva motorshow
, Mitsubishi has released images of the Prototype-S show car. It's no secret that the so-called 'concept' closely represents the finished five-door Lancer Sportback, which will go on sale later this year and could account for 80% of Lancer sales in the UK.
The show car displayed in Geneva features a sporty appearance borrowed from the new Evo X
and unique front lights. These are expected to be toned down when the showroom-ready five-door is launched in the summer, though we're told that a roof spoiler could be a standard feature, emphasising the car's sporting nature.
Although it's unlikely that there will be a Sportback 'Evolution', Mitsubishi will offer the Evo's advanced Super All Wheel Control electronics with a detuned version of the Evo's 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, as it will in a new Ralliart model.
Another promising feature of the Prototype-S is its upgraded interior. It features leather and suede trimming that would go some way to alleviating the hard surfaces employed by Mitsubishi on the regular Lancer saloon
. We're not sure how much of the concept's detailing will be retained at this stage, but the Lancer Sportback should be a competitive rival for the likes of the new Subaru Impreza and Honda Civic, if not quite the Ford Focus and Golf.
Shane O' Donoghue - 26 Feb 2008