The big story of course is the fitment of Active Stability Control and Traction Control (ASTC) as a standard across all Lancer models. Another form for ESP, the ASTC puts the Lancer well above the competition as far as active safety is concerned.
“Active Stability Control has received a lot of media attention in recent times and it is clear that it is emerging as a technology that has the potential for much broader application across many segments,” Robert McEniry, CEO and President of Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited, said
Like others in the industry, we have gone on and on about the benefits of ESP many times in the past, a technology which research has shown can significantly reduce the risk of an accident by correcting the trajectory of the vehicle to ensure the vehicle remains under control.
The system is actually quite simple, loads of mini computers read sensors on each wheel many times per second, and when one senses wheel slip or loss of grip, torque is reduced to the relevant wheel/s and braking is modified to improve stability and bring the vehicle back onto the ideal path.
For most cars, that is the end of the story, but for Mitsubishi, this feature is combined with traction control, which intervenes when starting or when accelerating in conditions of low grip.
Although Kia offers ESP across its entire Magentis range, the Lancer will be the first small-medium car in Australia to come standard with ASTC across the entire range.
Of course, there is a whole lot more than just ASTC.
- Active Stability Control with Traction Control (ASTC)
- Dual stage SRS front driver and passenger airbags
- Driver knee airbag
- Side and curtain airbags (optional on ES, standard on VR and VRX)
- ABS brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist
- An enhanced version of Mitsubishi’s RISE body structure
- Front seatbelts with 3 point ELR, force limiters, pre-tensioners and adjustable shoulder anchor
- Break-away brake pedals
- Three x three point rear seat belts
- Front active headrests
- Three x rear height adjustable headrests
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