The Japanese Auto manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors has launched its popular mid segment sedan model Mitsubishi Lancer in India as joint venture with leading Indian auto maker Hindustan Motors. The new Lancer has already made its mark worldwide with its aggressive design and sporty nature.
Lancer is diligently designed for Indian road conditions and it perfectly suits the Indian roads with its advanced features. The wax AC also suits Indian conditions. The car is a combination of luxury, safety elements, innovative technology, economy and of course consistent performance.
In 2010, new tail lights were added and the rock panel design was revised.
Design and Features:
This luxurious Mitsubishi Lancer is packed with lots of stylish features at both exteriors and interiors.
The notable features of the car include clear lens headlamp, bold rear combination lamps, vertical front grill, body coloured handles, premium class fabric upholstery, retractable assist grip, comfortable sitting posture, air conditioning with rear ducts and power steering with tilt adjustment. Because of its subtle suspension system, the car maintains good balance. Even under spirited driving, the car feels at home around tight corners.
18-inch alloyed wheels, sport-tuned suspension, automatic climate control, a leather wrapped shifter, Bluetooth, a six speaker stereo and keyless ignition and entry are some of the features available with particular variants.
Lancer provides comfort with an extremely silent cabin, good luggage space, enough legroom and headroom. It also offers an enjoyable riding experience with high sitting position and convenient control panels.
Driving abilities and comfort:
Lancer, with its low seating arrangement, provokes the driver to whip the car. Hence it can be named as a drivers’ car. On the whole, it offers a comfortable driving experience with its tilt adjustable power steering, electrically adjustable outside mirrors and the driver door mounted controls. But the draw backs lie in the position for a taller driver is poor, very little under-thigh support and there is no telescopic steering wheel.
Its safety structure comprises of the front and rear parts that absorb the impact energy of front and rear collisions. Other safety features are the sturdy cabin structure, central fuel tank, ventilated disc brakes and collapsible steering column.
The Mitsubishi Lancer has an advanced engine & transmission technology to deliver the best performance. It is offered in two engine variants.
The petrol variant has a 1.5L, 1468cc, 4 Cylinder, SOHC, 12 Valve MPI petrol engine with 87PS of Power & 13.5Kgm of Torque mated with a five speed manual transmission and delivers excellent engine performance and good fuel efficiency. It offers mileage around 12kmpl mileage in city and around 16kmpl mileage on highway. It touches the Ton Mark effortlessly in Under 13 seconds with a Maximum speed of 175kmph.
While the diesel version is powered by the 2.0L, 1998cc, 4 Cylinder, SOHC, 8 Valve, IDI Diesel engine mated with five speed manual transmission. The diesel variant offers mileage around 13kmpl in city while on highway it delivers around 18kmpl mileage. It can go to triple digit speeds in 17 seconds & top out at 155kmph.
Lancer is available with two variants – the petrol engine variant and the diesel engine variant. Mitsubishi maintains uniform prices of the variants of Lancer through out the country. The prices of Lancers’ variants range from Rs. 7.33 lakhs to 8.11 lakhs (ex-showroom prices). With its low running cost and the engine performance, Lancer becomes competitive for this segment but it faces tough competition with the models like Honda City, Fiat Linea and Maruti SX4.