Detroit Auto Show: Is This The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart?

Someone claiming to be an employee of a Mistubishi dealer in California managed to snap a photo of he's claiming is the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart "on the way to an auto show." We're going to go out on a limb and say it's for the official unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show. Mitsubishi of Europe already announced that the not-quite-evo Lancer Ralliart across the pond will get a detuned version of the 2.0 liter Dual Valve VVT Turbo engine found in the Evo good for approximately 240 horsepower, so we're going to assume that's what we're getting over here. Below are previously snapped photos of what we thought was the Ralliart Mitsubishi testing last year.

In addition to the new engine, the Ralliart could get either the 5-speed manual tranny or the 6-speed Twin Clutch SST transmission. The Ralliart might also have full-time 4WD with Active Yaw Control and an Active Center Differential. Aesthetically, the Ralliart looks to get the GTS rear wing, aluminum panels and Lancer GTS wheels. Of course, this is all still in the speculation phase. All this points to a new Lancer that easily trumps the previous all-show OZ Rally Editions. [EvolutionNM via Carscoop]