The GSR Sportback replaces all previous Lancer Sportback models, with Mitsubishi preferring to concentrate on a single variant for the Sportback body-style in the Lancer range.
A 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 125kW/226Nm powers the GSR Sportback, lifted from the Lancer VRX.
The GSR is available in both five-speed manual and CVT automatic; the latter featuring ‘sport’ mode with paddle shifters.
Other features for the GSR include 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, side air dams and a ‘Ralliart-style’ grille.
Inside, the GSR gets sports front seats, voice-activated Bluetooth with audio streaming, climate control air conditioning and a 6.1-inch colour touch screen.
The previous entry-level ES variants have been replaced by the new ES Sport Sedan which now kicks off the Lancer range, still powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
ES Sport Sedan adds the same Ralliart-style grille, a chrome exhaust tip and rear spoiler, while also featuring 16-inch alloy wheels.
The added value hasn’t escaped the eyes of the bean-counters, however, with the ES Sport Sedan wearing a $400 price increase for the manual-equipped version over the outgoing ES model.
Further up the range, the Lancer LX also receives the Ralliart-style grille, along with a $1000 price-cut over the 2013 model for both manual and CVT options.
“Our Lancer range has always had a strong reputation for value, reliability and fun driving characteristics, and our value models have long been the cornerstone of the Lancer range,” Mitsubishi Australia’s Executive Director of Marketing, Tony Principe, said.
“Last year, we had such a great response to the limited edition ES Sport model that we decided to make it a permanent part of the Lancer portfolio.”
Mitsubishi recently confirmed the Evo performance hero would not be replaced - at least not wearing a Lancer badge - and that the all-new replacement for the aging Lancer range would sit on a platform jointly developed with Nissan (possibly from Renault).
The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer range is available now, priced from $20,390 plus on-roads.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Lancer ES Sport Sedan - $20,390
- Lancer ES Sport Sedan CVT - $22,640
- Lancer LX Sedan - $22,990
- Lancer LX Sedan CVT - $25,240
- Lancer VRX Sedan - $29,990
- Lancer VRX Sedan CVT - $32,240
- Ralliart Sedan Auto - $39,990
- Lancer Evolution Sedan Manual - $56,990
- Lancer Evolution MR TC-SST Auto - $65,990
- Lancer GSR Sportback - $22,990
- Lancer GSR Sportback CVT - $25,240