For 2015, the line-up again kicks off with the ES Sport sedan, marked down from $20,390 to a new price of $18,990 plus on-roads.
Likewise, the LS sedan now starts $2000 less at $22,990, while the VRX sedan has been replaced with the XLS, which begins at $26,490 - down from $29,990.
The ES Sport and LS models are powered by a 110kW 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, available with either a manual or CVT auto transmission.
Features with the ES Sport include 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control air-conditioning, Bluetooth calling/music with voice control, seven airbags including front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, and sports body-kit with rear spoiler and side body skirts.
The LS adds a 6.1-inch full colour touch screen, reversing camera, Smart Key technology, and leather facing seats, heated front seats and power adjustable driver’s seat.
Moving up a rung, the XLS model gets an upgrade to the 125kW 2.4 petrol four, along with 18-inch alloys, sports suspension, 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system, 7-inch full colour touch screen with 3D navigation mapping and SD card input, automatic rain sensing wipers, electro-chromatic rear view mirror, dusk sensing headlamps, electric foldable door mirrors.
The Sportback hatch remains, with the GSR replacing all other five-door models back in April.
For 2015, the GSR is priced from $21,990, marking a small saving over its $22,990 entry price earlier this year.
Features with the GSR include 18-inch alloy wheels, side air dams, rear sports spoiler, sports-style front seats and sports pedals.
There’s also a reversing camera, voice activated Bluetooth with audio streaming, climate control air-conditioning, privacy glass, Smart Key, rain sensing wipers, dusk sensing lamps, 6.1-inch full colour touch screen with iPod compatibility and rear view camera interface.
The GSR and ES Sport also gain Ralliart cloth sports seat trim with contrast stitching.
Across the 2015 range, Mitsubishi has also upgraded door mirrors to include indicator lamps, along with new door trims and Emergency Stop Signal.
Ralliart and Evolution
The turbocharged Ralliart sedan drops $2000 to a new $37,990, but the real win is with the top-shelf Evolution.
Now into its seventh and potentially final year on the market, the Evolution X has been cut $4000 to $52,990 in manual form, and a whopping $7000 to $58,990 for the MR SST auto model.
The Evo nonetheless faces stiff competition from the all-new WRX STI, however, which hit Australia in April with $49,990 and $54,990 price points.
Elsewhere in the segment, the Hyundai i30 is on 20,777 sales, the Volkswagen Golf has 13,143 to its name and Holden's Cruze has 12,633. Nissan's Pulsar range also outsells the Lancer, with 6644 year-to-date.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- ES Sport - manual - $18,990 (prev $20,390)
- ES Sport - CVT - $20,990 (prev $22,640)
- LS - manual - $20,990 (prev $22,990)
- LS - CVT - $22,990 (prev $25,240)
- XLS - manual - $26,490 (prev $29,990)
- XLS - CVT - $28,490 (prev $32,240)
- Ralliart - $37,990 (prev $39,990)
- GSR - manual - $21,990 (prev $22,990)
- GSR - CVT - $23,990 (prev $25,240)
- Evolution - manual - $52,990 (prev $56,990)
- Evolution MR - SST - $58,990 (prev $65,990)
Mitsubishi’s 2015 model year Lancer range has a 5 year/100,000km New Vehicle Warranty and is available at Mitsubishi dealerships nationally from 1 September.