Covers come off 177kW Mistubishi Lancer Sportback, officially called Prototype-S, at Geneva. Plans are advanced to sell the production version the world over, especially in Europe.

Mitsubishi finally pulled the covers off newest baby, the 2.0-litre Prototype-S, which for all intents and purposes we can call Lancer Sportback. Mistu has plans to semi-dominate Europe and other regions where hatchbacks are king. In fact the company proposes that 70 percent of all Lancer sold in Europe will be Prototype-S-based, or rather will be the Lancer Sportback. Will we see “lesser” models too such as the 114kW normally aspirated 2.0-litre for volume purposes? How about that turbo-diesel also?

Induced to go forth by the same 2.0-litre turbo of the great Lancer Evo X, Prototype-S is castrated to the tune of 177kW, which is not a bad place at all to be. Consider that Opel Astra OPC and Subaru WRX play around similar power turf.

The Prototype-S uses a twin-clutch gearbox system with full-time AWD for good traction and safer handling.

Gallery: Mitsubishi Prototype S unveiled at Geneva