Mitsubishi has given the Lancer a makeover. Among the features are a front end facelift, new rims and an updated interior. It's available in sedan or sportback models. We tested the sportback.
The new front has a wide front bumper painted in the same color of the car and a horizontal radiator grille with chrome.
What is more, there are new headlights with LED daytime running lights on the sides. This feature, however, is standard only in the PLUS and TOP equipment packages.
The engines are known quantities -- they both run on gasoline and produce 86 and 103 kilowatts of power respectively. We're testing the smaller, 1-point-6 liter model.
It can take the Lancer Sportback from zero to 100 in 10-point-7 seconds. With a maximum speed of 191km/h, the manufacturer says it uses 5-point-5 liters of fuel to travel 100 kilometers
It remains to be whether if the face lifted Lancer will be carried on for another generation, because Mitsubishi is already planning a mid-sized sedan for its Renault-Nissan alliance. Industry analysts say this model could follow the Lancer, perhaps under a new name as well.