Zero changes have been made to the interior and exterior of the Lancer, but a number of comfort features have been upgraded. The standard features list now includes Bluetooth, USB port, keyless entry, auto headlamps, a reverse camera and touch screen for the audio system.
Mitsubishi also upgraded the Lancer’s safety systems. Starting with a safety cell design for the bodyshell, there are now seven airbags: driver, passenger, seat, curtain and driver knee. Other safety equipment includes ABS, EBD, brake assist and halogen headlights with front fog lamps.
“We listened to our customers in terms of specification improvements they wanted to see on the Lancer and now we are pleased that we have been able to bring a much-improved medium-size car to market in South Africa,” said CEO of Mitsubishi Motors SA, Jaco Oosthuizen.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is well known to South African customers. It produces 110kW of power at 6 000rpm and 197Nm of torque 4 200rpm. The power is sent to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. A combined fuel-consumption figure of 7.0 litres/100km is claimed.
The Lancer shares the same platform with the iconic Evo X, which has made a name for itself by winning the World Rally Championship multiple times. The same, versatile platform also underpins the strong-selling ASX and Outlander SUVs.
Although the new Lancer features a number of equipment upgrades, no change has been made to the list price of R239 900. The base price includes a 3-year/100 000km warranty and 5-year/100 000km service plan.