The current generation Mitsubishi Lancer has been around since 2007 and this year’s changes are expected to be its last update before the next generation is released.
The $23,990 Mitsubishi Lancer LX fills the gap between the base model ES (which has dropped down to $19,990) and the sports-themed VRX ($29,990). Although unchanged from the outside, the Lancer ES now comes with a new audio system that utilises Bluetooth 2.0 with voice activation as well wireless telephone and streaming audio. There’s also a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and phone controls.
The automatic version of the ES, which is equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and is $2000 more than the manual, is now equipped with a feature designed to stop the vehicle from rolling backwards on hills in the time it takes the driver to disengage the brake pedal in favour of the accelerator.
For $4000 over the ES, the LX gains 16-inch alloy wheels, exterior changes such as chrome touches for the radiator grille, boot lid accent (on sedan) and door handles, as well as a reversing camera, parking sensors, keyless entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, power driver’s seat and climate control. In addition, a new 6.1-inch colour touchscreen multimedia system is included as well.
Both Lancer ES and LX models are powered by the same 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre MIVEC four-cylinder engine and are available with either a five-speed manual or CVT, using 7.1 litres per 100km or 7.3L/100km respectively. The Lancer VRX gains all the changes to the LX as well as Rockford Fosgate speaker system and a larger 125kW/226Nm 2.4-litre MIVEC engine. It’s available as a manual (8.8L/100km) or CVT (8.9L/100km).
As part of the changes Mitsubishi has dropped the VR and Aspire variants in favour of a more streamlined product offering. The Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart remains unchanged with a starting price of $44,490. All new models will go on sale come September 1.
2013 Mitsubishi Lancer manufacturer’s list prices: