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by George Skentzos

Whilst Subaru seems to have narrowed its focus for the mainstream with the new Impreza, Mitsubishi is beginning to diversify its new breed of evolved cars with sketches revealing the possible addition of a sports hatchback.

Seemingly official sketches have been leaked onto the web depicting a near production ready rendition of the Mitsubishi Sportback concept first shown in early 2007, dubbed the Prototype S.

Mitsubishi Lancer Prototype S

Little else is known at this stage, however subtle design features could indicate it would be similarly equipped as the recently revealed Lancer Ralliart.

What we do know is that under the bonnet sits a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC turbocharged engine, producing 177 kW and 343 Nm of torque.

Mitsubishi is making good use of its newly designed Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission, which is implemented in the Prototype S.

The company has also injected some EVO blood with a full-time 4WD system featuring an Active Center Differential (ACD). The ACD makes use of an electronically controlled multi-plate hydraulic clutch to split torque between the front/rear.

More on this as it comes!

Source: CarScoop