While it's certain that the Mitsubishi Lancer will eventually die, one day, the current model has more lives than Lazarus. It's now about to soldier on into its tenth year in the local market.
But 2016 won’t be without change for the ageing small car, as Mitsubishi has thrown everything at it to ensure it stays relevant to buyers.
The big news for the 2016 Lancer is a standard DAB+ digital radio for the infotainment system while outside, there's a new front bumper and a new grille, standard fog lamps and LED daytime running lights along with new body-skirts.
Besides the DAB+ radio, the interior features a colour touchscreen, six speakers and reversing camera, while the interior for the base model ES Sport also scores a new-look console, improved seat fabrics, gloss black interior highlights, leather shift knob with boot on manual models and a high-contrast instrument cluster.
Stepping up to the LS Sedan brings leather trim, privacy glass, rear parking sensors, heated front seats with a powered driver’s seat and smart key access for the inside, while the outside gets a new 18-inch alloy wheel design (over the ES’s 16-inch wheels).
Both ES Sport and LS models now feature an upgraded CVT in automatic models (the LS is auto-only), and both retain the 110kW/197Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine from 2015.
Entering the range for 2016 is a new GSR Sedan variant, which gets a 125kW/226Nm 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine along with 18-inch alloys, sports suspension, sports seats and pedals along with ‘sport’ mode and paddle shifters in CVT auto models.
The GSR Sportback variant carries over from 2015, gaining all of the 2016 updates plus a new 18-inch alloy wheel design.
“Lancer has a fresher new look, additional features for 2016 and revised model line-up to maintain its position within the popular small car market,” Mitsubishi Australia’s Tony Principe said.
“Lancer’s proven track record and unbeatable combination of sporty styling, reliability and standard features remain the foundation of its enduring appeal, particularly with younger buyers.”
The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer is on sale now, with prices starting from $19,500 plus on-roads. The new GSR Sedan variant arrives next month.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 MITSUBISHI LANCER
- ES Sport Sedan Manual - $19,500
- ES Sport Sedan CVT Auto - $21,000
- LS Sedan CVT Auto - $23,500
- GSR Sedan Manual - $22,500 (new model)
- GSR Sedan CVT Auto - $24,000 (new model)
- GSR Sportback Manual - $22,500
- GSR Sportback CVT Auto - $24,000