Ralliart was the moniker that encompassed all things performance at Mitsubishi.
It also represents a series of aftermarket accessories.
Its return can only mean good things.
We do mean never. Even the short-lived Galant was a decent driver. Obviously, the Lancer Ralliart, both in sedan and Sportback guise, represented the true meaning of Mitsubishi’s storied high-performance sub-brand. Now, after a seven-year absence, it looks like the moniker will make a comeback.
Frankly, when the final Lancer EVO and Ralliart left Mitsubishi showrooms across the Continent, brand enthusiasts and fanatics had little to get excited over when contemplating the company’s North American lineup. This was especially difficult for those who followed Tommi Mäkinen, Mitsubishi, and the superb Lancer’s evolution through much of the 1990s.
According to Car And Driver, Ralliart will return to Mitsubishi’s lineup in the near future. The big difference today is that, other than the Mirage, all other vehicles are SUVs. If Mitsubishi really wanted to make a splash, they’d launch a Mirage Ralliart to take on the likes of the VW Polo GTI and Toyota GR Yaris, but we’re clearly dreaming…
More than likely, we’ll see an Outlander and/or Eclipse Cross with Ralliart badges and go-fast accessories in the not-to-distant future.