The global situation has resulted in many changes in the automotive industry. One such change is the news that Mitsubishi is withdrawing from the European car market, concentrating its attention on the rest of the world. The brand has never really hit the high spots in Europe; this despite the fact that they have a reputation for good, dependable vehicles. One such is the Mitsubishi Lancer saloon.
On The Outside
Perhaps the best known model is the high performance Evo variant but there’s a good choice of Lancer’s in the Evolution range. The normal Lancer is a good family car that comes well equipped, has decent rear passenger space and is good to drive too. Styling resembles the mighty Evo X, designed as it is with an aggressive nose and a rear spoiler.
Starting at the front, the Lancer Evolution's grille, bumper and lower air intake are unified in a distinct form inspired by ‘jet fighter air intakes’. The slim front headlamp design is equipped with standard high intensity discharge headlamps. Moving around, the clean, creased surfaces sweep into the side profile, with prominently flared front bumpers and boxed rear which for some may recall the Lancer Evolution World Rally Championship cars of old.
The sculptured, "chopped off" tail accentuates the car's sporty cabin shape. From a front three-quarter view, the rear overhang is visually shortened by a tapering rear bumper side surface. All models share a twin-outlet exhaust system, which reflects a more sophisticated design approach than the previous single outlet in much earlier variants.
On The Inside
The buttons and switches on the dashboard are simple to use, and the quality of the cabin plastics is right up there against the competition in the mainstream market. The steering wheel is adjustable, combining steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Technology and infotainment vary from model to model with higher levels getting a touch-screen, multimedia interface with satellite navigation, and a music storage system and player. The Lancer’s interior is comfortable enough. There's no shortage of space inside and the cabin is roomy enough for five adults, with plenty of leg and head room for all. Most models have tinted glass and climate control as standard.
The boot is amply sized with 400L of luggage space and for longer items, the rear seats split and fold, while the decent-sized glovebox, centre console storage and door bins are useful family features.
Power is derived from a 2.0L engine driving through either a manual or automatic gearbox. Some versions have a useful four-wheel drive system for more challenging roads and terrain. Thanks to a sporty set-up, twisty back roads are good fun and corners can be taken with comfort and confidence, while standard-fit traction and stability control systems enhance safety. The ride is settled and all but the harshest of road surfaces are absorbed well.
Overall this is a very competent family car with the dependable reputation of Mitsubishi behind it, making it a fine alternative choice. To find out more, why not get in touch with us here at MHH Japanese Cars?