The original Mitsubishi Lancer never exactly blew us away. It was underpowered and not particularly entertaining to drive, its interior was simply OK and its styling was dull to boot. The latest-generation Lancer corrected two of those problems, especially with its aggressive new styling featuring a “shark nose” fascia. It’s also kind of fun to drive, thanks to solid handling dynamics and (apart from the base engine) great engine choices.
|Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 GLS|
The Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 GLS’ striking styling is thanks to a distinctive, upright grille with narrow, slightly-menacing clear-lensed headlights that are tucked underneath the purposeful bonnet. A wide bumper moulding separates the compact upper grille from the large and low-slung engine air intake; both apertures are highlighted in a sporty black diamond-mesh. Strong lines stretch along the length of the bonnet to highlight the grille. The profile is dominated by a strong crease which highlights the wedge shape. Mirrors and door handles are colour-coded while the blacked-out B-pillar and tinted glass give the car a low-slung, ground-hugging look. The rear view is no less striking. The three-dimensional tail lights are set at a stylish angle with their outer edge almost reaching the highest point of the boot-lid while the lower ends highlight two pressing lines which converge on a bold Mitsubishi diamond. The lid itself has a sharp trailing edge to it which almost acts like an aerodynamic lip.
Behind the ‘shark’ nose is a light yet precise five-speed manual gearbox, configured to suit the characteristics of the saloon. The transmission also contributes to the Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 GLS great fuel consumption figure of 7litres/100km. A CVT (Continuous Valve Transmission) system is also available. The front and rear independent suspension offers good handling, road holding and a comfortable ride. The Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 GLS rides on attractive 16 inch alloys wheels. High-powered all-disc braking systems provide our Mitsubishi Lancer with outright stopping ability no matter the situation.
|First generation model|
Inside key controls stand out clearly against the dashboard, making them easy to find. Stalk controls for lights and wipers flank the height-adjustable steering wheel, while a decorative panel extends right across the cabin and separates it horizontally with the heating/ventilation/air conditioning below and the seamlessly integrated in-car entertainment system above. The main instruments feature matte chrome bezels and are housed under a sporty cowling, with the LED-type fuel gauge and ambient temperature displayed between them. Scrolling through a menu brings up engine temperature and other parameters such as average and instantaneous fuel consumption and tank range.
The Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 GLS’ comprehensive list of standard equipment includes a temperature controlled air conditioner, a multi-function steering wheel with hands-free Bluetooth voice control together with steering audio controls. Other standard features include a high resolution reversing camera, central touch screen for audio settings and a USB port. Keyless entry and an alarm-immobiliser are other standard features, with an auto-on/off feature for the headlamps. The rear seat backrest is split 60:40 to offer versatile loading options for the spacious luggage compartment.
The Mitsubishi Lancer is one car model that has greatly improved from generation to generation. The Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 GLS offers great refinement, interior quality and fuel consumption. The car should be a great consideration to anyone looking for a sporty, well equipped, and economical family saloon.