2016 Mitsubishi Lancer

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer will not delight any of who expected big redesign. In fact Mitsubishi Motors president Osamu Masuko just recently said that the company plans to dedicate its attention to D-segment (medium) sedan, before focusing on the small sedans from its line-up which includes the Lancer. For 2015 model year Lancer received outside mirrors with turn indicators. 2016 models year also brings mild upgrade regarding the performance and features.

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Front

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer changes and features

This version of the small sedan Lancer was originally presented back in 2007, meaning that it is currently into its ninth year of production. The exterior received a couple of refreshments, but not extensive enough to stand-out the vehicle from the category. Its outdated appearance drags focus from the fact that 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer really has a lot to offer.

Available in ES, SE, GT and Railart trim levels, 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer now has Mitsubishi’s multimedia and telematics systems included into the offer. This feature enhancement could ameliorate its sales, but its focus group –younger buyers and sport compact fans – could react poorly to this addition, since it doesn’t offer the looks too.

List of standard features for the base trim ES includes 16-inch steel wheels, EPS (Electric Power Steering), automatic halogen headlights, color-keyed door handles and power side-view mirrors with turn indicators, front grille with chrome accents, variable intermittent windshield wipers and washers, rear window defroster, power doors and windows, keyless entry, multi-information display, 6-way adjustable driver’s and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, 60/40 split folding rear seat, manual climate control, adjustable tilt steering wheel, 4 speakers, 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, Bluetooth connection and AUX input. Standard safety features include : Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and brake assist, ASC (Active Stability Control), TCL (Traction Control Logic), TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), 7 airbags, child lock, anti-theft security alarm and engine immobilizer.

With long list of optional too, upper trims will be even better equipped, with small price increment.

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Interior

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer engines and mpg

Beside transmission change, there is no other news regarding the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer performance. Front-wheel and all-wheel drive systems are available and depending on trim offered either as standard or as optional.

Its base engine is still a 2.0-liter inline-4 MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control system) which produces 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available with either 5-speed manual transmission or CVT, and with both drive configurations.

Second engine option is 2.4-liter inline-4 MIVEC with 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a CVT and available on SE AWD and GT trims.

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Railart is packed with a 2.0-liter turbo engine that is capable to deliver 237 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque, mated exclusively with a CVT.

Fuel economy of the ES trim is rated at 25/34/28 mpg city/hwy/combined with manual, and 26/34/29 with CVT. SE delivers 22/29/25 mpg and GT a mile more on every segment. Railart has more power but, logically, lower rates of 18/25/20 mpg city/hwy/combined.

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Rear

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer competition

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer competitors such as  Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte5  have better looks, but their starting price is also much higher. Fuel economy rates and standard options found on 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer overcame its not-so-great appearance, so this model, even without big redesign will be able to jeopardize some of its toughest rivals.

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer price and release

We do not expect 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer to appear on the market before fall 2015, with starting price tag around $17 500.

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