Mitsubishi is putting most of its eggs into future SUVs and crossovers these days, with a few concept unveilings at auto shows this year (like in Chicago where we saw the unveiling of the GC-PHEV concept). But the automaker hasn’t completely forgotten about the Mitsubishi Lancer, the only sedan it sells in the States.
While it’s already bid farewell to the Lancer Evolution and the Lancer Ralliart is now also getting the boot, the bread-and-butter model will live on to see 2016. The compact sedan gets some updates and more standard features, along with a slight $200 price increase, bringing it’s starting price to $17,595.
“The 2016 Lancer not only looks good with its updated styling, but it drives and performs at a level well beyond its value-oriented price point. The new 2016 Lancer builds upon the legacy of challenging what a compact car can be in terms of design, technology and performance, all at an affordable price,” says Don Swearingen, MMNA executive vice president.
Inside, the new standard features include FUSE Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth technology that allows you to access your phone and other media with voice commands. The new design includes a new center console with a USB port. The interior also features seats with a new fabric design and newly standard automatic climate control.
Outside the Lancer receives a new front fascia design with a chrome grille, fog lights, and LED daytime running lights. Alloy wheels are now standard and two new colors, Diamond White Pearl and Alloy Silver, are available. Handling gets revved up with the Lancer packing the newest generation CVT8 transmission that Mitsubishi says will improve both performance and fuel economy.
The Lancer continues to offer four trim levels. The SE trim is the step up from the base ES trim and adds all-wheel control, heated front seats, a rearview camera, and HD radio. The base ES trim is also now available with all-wheel control. The next trim is the SEL and it adds leather seats, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and an auto-dimming mirror. The top trim is the GT that focuses on handling by adding sport-tuned suspension, larger disc brakes, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, a sunroof, and a rear spoiler. The GT also offers 5-speed manual and Sportronic Steering with paddle shifters.
The Lancer is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick for the seventh consecutive year in 2015. Mitsubishi hopes to continue that tradition with the new model featuring its patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety body construction system. Other safety features include an anti-locking brake system with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
The Lancer arrives in dealerships soon.