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We drive Mitsu's new five-door Lancer Sportback, with which it hopes to double sales

Mitsubishi logo27 Oct 2008

By GEORGIA OCONNELL

MITSUBISHI is finally firing on all cylinders in the small-car segment with the new CJ Lancer Sportback, which brings back the five-door hatch version to the series after a very long break. Besides offering a stylish alternative to the likes of the Mazda3, the liftback Lancer boasts some real practicality and versatility features, as well as a nicely tuned driving experience. We came away liking this Lancer – a lot!
Model release date: 1 October 2008 to 1 November 2015

Previous model

CA/CB Lancer hatch

Released: September 1989
Ended: July 1996
Family Tree: Lancer

Don't be fooled by the so-called ‘CC’ iteration of this car released in late 1992 – it was a lightly facelifted version of the earlier front-wheel drive CA/CB Lancer imported from Japan in 1989. Sold in smart three-door ‘long’ back style or a rather clumsily executed five-door, the first-generation front-wheel drive Lancer to be sold in Australia (there was also rear-wheel drive incarnations in the 1970s, such as the LA and LB series) helped to re-establish the brand at a time when Ford dropped the ball with the KF Laser (1990) and nobody knew what a Holden Astra was. Benign to drive and dull to behold, the Lancer hatch was powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.

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