The sharp styling of the Mitsubishi Lancer has made it a fan favorite for car enthusiasts globally. Its aggressive stance and aerodynamic styling has made it an enduring icon in motorsports. The Mitsubishi Lancer boldly stands out against other cars of the segment like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The sharp headlights, the wide grille and the sharp lines evokes an aura of masculinity, speed and performance.
The Mitsubishi Lancer comes in 7 different colors. The Warm Silver Metallic, Lightning Blue Mica, Red Metallic, Titanium Gray Metallic, Sterling Silver Metallic, White Solid and Black Mica. The General Exterior design of the Mitsubishi Lancer has greatly remained unchanged since its introduction but the current model of the year exhibits smoother corners and lines from previous generations.
Chrome accents are incorporated to the Front Grill of the Mitsubishi Lancer to further highlight the wide grill. The Chrome Belt Line molding also greatly highlights the car’s aerodynamic sloping roofline. LED Daytime running lamps are incorporated to the fog lamps and a rear spoiler is attached to further supplement the Lancer’s sporty attitude.
Overall, the design of the lancer is pleasing to look at as it presents a sporty attitude that is ready to take on long drives in the highways.
The Mitsubishi Lancer has several notable improvements in the interior and cabin to further increase passenger comfort and convenience. The layout of the steering wheel, instrument panel, climate control and entertainment system has been ergonomically laid out. Features like paddle shifters and audio controls are present in the top variant.
The three-spoke steering wheel is comfortable to hold and easily navigates the car around the city. The expansive cabin is value for money and the entertainment system is up to date with Bluetooth connectivity and a 9 speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system for the GT variant and 6 speakers for the GLS variant and 4 speakers for the GLX variant. Bluetooth connectivity is standard for all the variants.
The GT and GLS variants are equipped with the 3 spoke leather wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls for added convenience while driving. The gear shift knob and parking brake lever are also wrapped in leather enhancing the cabins luxurious design. All variants are equipped with a center console for convenience in storing items while on the road.
Engine and Transmission
The Mitsubishi Lancer comes with two engine options. The new 1.6 Liter gasoline MIVEC Engine and the 2.0 Liter gasoline MIVEC engine. The Mitsubishi Lancer also has 3 types of transmissions. 2 types of automatic transmission and 1 manual transmission. The 2.0 Liter engine is coupled to the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Invecs III that allows the cat to efficiently shift transmission without power lag. Variants with the 2.0 engine coupled with the CVT transmission is equipped with sports mode and paddle shifters that allow the driver to change gears easily.
The 2.0 Liter Gasoline MIVEC engine is equipped with the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control that adjusts the intake timing for better performance across the rev band. At lower resolutions, the MIVEC adjusts the timing to provide better on-demand acceleration and for higher revs, the technology increases the power that the engine can provide. The 2.0 Litre gasoline engine has 4 cylinders and is engineered with lightweight aluminum and provides an output of 110 kW or 150 PS at 6000 rpm.
The 1.6 Liter engine has also MIVEC technology and the gasoline engine has 4 cylinders capable of delivering a power output of 86Kw (117PS) at 6000 rpm. The 1.6 Liter Engine Variant is equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission with INVEC-II shift control that is designed to minimize torque and acceleration fluctuations.
The Mitsubishi Lancer is designed with several passive and active safety features that have enabled the vehicle to score good results in crash ratings. The Mitsubishi Lancer has 5 stars in the NHTSA Driver Frontal rating and 5 stars in the Euro NCAP overall Adult rating.
The Mitsubishi Lancer has a RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body that is designed to protect the vehicle’s occupants by utilizing extensive front and rear crumple zones to absorb impact energy and minimize the energy transferred to the cabin. The cabin and doors are constructed from a highly rigid frame and are reinforced with beams to help redirect energy and damage away from the occupants in case of a collision.
The Mitsubishi Lancer is also equipped with ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution). ABS prevents wheel lock during sudden braking or on slippery roads and allows the driver to maintain control during these situations. The EBD equally distributes the brakes for greater control when cornering or when taking sharp turns.
The vehicle’s robust body is reinforced at key points to resist torsion to minimize cabin noise and vibration when cornering. The Lacer also has Dual SRS front airbags for added safety and is equipped with seat belts that have pre-tensioners and force limiters.
The Mitsubishi Lancer’s design has been around for almost a decade and with a minor facelift and improvements between the years, it can still standout head to head with younger generation models of similar vehicles like the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. Its aggressive styling has made it a favorite for younger generations and the Mistubishi’s good safety ratings have made it one of the choices for tourists planning to rent a car while on holiday.
The Balanced of performance, efficiency and comfort have made the Mitsubishi Lancer one of the greatest vehicles to drive and its aged yet modern design in a testament to its reliability.