Mitsubishi updates the 2015 Lancer

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Mitsubishi updates the 2015 Lancer

The compact car ‘Lancer’ was first introduced in 1973 by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi. Till 2008, the model saw nine generations and had sold over six million units all over the world. The present generation was officially launched in 2007 to be sold as the 2008 model and is based on two Mitsubishi concepts- Concept-Sportback and Concept-X. Mitsubishi Motors has decided to cater to all types of buyers by introducing no less four versions of the ‘2015 Mitsubishi Lancer’. These four models are- ‘Lancer ES’, ‘Lancer SE AWC’, ‘Lancer GT’ and ‘Lancer Ralliart’. The official press release states, “From the fun-to-drive and economical/fuel efficient Lancer ES (up to 34 mpg highway*) to the heart-pounding performance of the rally racing-bred turbocharged Lancer Ralliart, there is a 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer model that is a perfect match for every budget and/or personality.” Safety has always been a key aspect of Mitsubishi cars and every model of the ‘2015 Lancer’ has been given the engineered RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body construction. With these models, Mitsubishi has tried to deliver the proverbial “a lot of car for the money.” In addition to the standard upgrades, there are also several additional packages for each model that will enhance performance and driving experience.

Lancer ES

Apart from the regular 5 speed transmission, a new Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT) has been added to the refined 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine. The highly capable engine produces 148 bhp and has a spectacular EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway (US) fuel efficiency. Other notable features include- 140-watt sound system with AM/FM/CD/MP3, power steering with electric assist, heated side mirrors with turn indicator, power windows, 6-way adjustable driver seat, 7 air bag Supplemental Restraint System, keyless remote entry, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, stability control, AC with micron filtration, hands-free audio and Bluetooth system and more. Additional features are available with a ‘value’ package.

Lancer SE AWC

AWC stands for All Wheel Control in this car that has more capability and features than ES yet remain very affordable. Along with the added capability of the AWC, this car also comes with a 2.4-liter DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine that can produce 168 bhp. Only CVT transmission is available with this engine. In addition to the features seen in the ES, this model has few more things to offer- FUSE Hands-Free Link System® with USB port, 6 speaker audio system with touch screen, HD radio, Fog lights, rearview camera, chrome and soft touch interior, two tone 16 inch alloy wheels, multi-information display and more.

Lancer GT

Those who want their luxury sedan to be a bit sporty will love the striking Lancer GT. The car has same front fascia as the Ralliart model and also performs like sports sedan. This has been made possible by a especially tuned suspension and the 2.4 liter engine identical to the one found in the SE AWC model. There are two gearbox choices, a 5 speed manual precision and a CVT with wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Apart from the standard features seen in the ES, Lancer GT also offers the following- 18 inch alloy wheels, 6 speaker touch-screen audio system, HD radio, auto climate control, Sport bucket seats for the front and more.

Lancer Ralliart

It can be called the younger cousin of Mitsubishi’s legendary Lancer Evo Sedan and is a great performer itself. It has the same engine as that of the Evo but is slightly detuned. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled engine produces 237 horsepower and comes with the advanced 6 speed twin-clutch Sportronic transmission. The car adds the following over the GT features- Hill Start Assist, Premium sport fabricfor seats, HID headlights; limited-slip differentials rear brakes, dual exhaust, premium Rockford Fosgate sound system and more.

 

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