The Lancer sedan is Mitsubishi’s long-running compact sedan that sits above the Mirage G4 in the automaker’s lineup.
The interior has been given a significant makeover, with a all-new dashboard design. Highlights include a 10.2-inch all-digital instrument panel (Smart Dashboard; optional), a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, a reversing camera, and a 8-inch touch screen equipped infotainment system.
The Sun and Sound package complements the interior with a power glass sunroof, 710-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system with nine speakers, and satellite radio with a three-month subscription.
The face-lift sees the Lancer get the brand’s chrome trimmed ‘Dynamic Shield’ front end with optional automatic LED headlights. The rear end of the Grand Lancer gains new C-shaped tail lights, a number plate recess that has moved up into the boot lid and a more aggressive bumper design.
The range-topping variant also gets new two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels. The sides gain new character lines and new faux fender vents, while the belt-line now has an upward, subtle kink towards the rear.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is powered by a 1.8 litre, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 140 PS and 176 Nm. The optional all-wheel drive is a plus for those who want it as the feature isn’t common in this class.
Mitsubishi’s revolutionary electronically controlled All-Wheel Control (AWC) system continually monitors the road and intelligently transfers power and braking to the wheels with the most traction to improve handing and performance— without compromising on efficiency.
Standard safety features include advanced seven airbag system including driver’s side knee airbag, dual-stage front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact air bags and front and rear curtain side air bags. Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body utilizes crumple zones that route and absorb energy during high-impact collisions.
Active Stability Control (ASC) employs sensors that monitor the grip of each tire. The rearview camera system provides a wide-angle view behind the vehicle, helping to make it easier to navigate into tight parallel parking spots and safer when backing out of a driveway.