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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer: The Leader in the Low-Priced/High Value Compact Sports Sedan Segment

From the well-equipped/value-oriented Lancer DE all the way to the amazing agility of the high-zoot Lancer Ralliart wîth its potent turbocharged power and exceptional handling and traction from its advanced All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive, Mitsubishi Motors' Lancer 5-passenger compact sports sedan is an extraordinary 4-door available in several different iterations to fit just about any need or lifestyle.

What's more, last year the Mitsubishi Lancer was named a 'Top Safety Pick' by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the fifth consecutive year. This heady accomplishment is due in large part to numerous safety technologies and features engineered into the Lancer design including Mitsubishi's highly-effective Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) energy-absorbing body construction in the event of an impact; advanced dual-stage front air bags wîth occupant seat position sensor; side-impact head protection curtain air bags; front seat-mounted side air bags; driver's side knee air bag; anti-lock brakes (ABS) wîth Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC) wîth Traction Control Logic (TCL); a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); height-adjustable headrests and three-point seat belts for all three rear seating positions.

For the 2013 model year, the brisk-selling Lancer SE AWC model – an all-new entry introduced to Mitsubishi Motors' varied Lancer model lineup just last year – receives numerous additions to the already impressive long list of standard features on this affordably-priced and fuel-efficient 4-door that includes the Japanese auto manufacturer's impressive electronically controlled All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive system.

New for 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWC

Thule® Plug-in Roof Carrier Accommodation

Thule® is a leader in design and production of vehicle roof racks for carrying cargo, bicycles, snowboards, canoes – you name it. So Mitsubishi Motors has added plug-in roof carrier accommodation to the 2013 Lancer SE AWC model, at no additional cost to the consumer.

16-inch Alloy Wheels
The Lancer SE AWC includes a stylish redesigned 16-inch 5-spoke alloy wheel for the 2013 model.

Available Premium Package
The new Premium Package adds numerous highly-desirable upscale accessories and features in one compellingly-priced package. These include a power glass sunroof; a Rockford Fosgate® premium audio system wîth SiriusXM satellite radio; 6CD/MP3 In-Dash Head Únit,a leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob; high contrast meter wîth color LCD MID; and a soft-touch door trim wîth chrome lever.

A 2013 Lancer Model to Suit Just About Anybody

The chassis design of the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer is so robust and well-engineered that it serves as the foundation for not only the popular Mitsubishi Outlander crossover utility vehicle (CÚV) but also the multiple-time World Rally Championship (WRC) title holder Lancer Evolution – the ultra-high-performance turbocharged sports sedan that has a worldwide fan following.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer is available in 6 eye-popping colors: Wicked White, Apex Silver Metallic, Mercury Gray Pearl, Rally Red, Cosmic Blue (new for 2013), and Tarmac Black Pearl (Note: Lancer DE model not available in Cosmic Blue or Rally Red).

High on style and features yet low on price, the 2013 Lancer DE may be the model lineup's 'base' entry, but you'd be hard pressed to tell considering the vast array of welcome features and amenities that are included as standard such as a fuel-saving Electric Power Steering (EPS); 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system wîth Digital Signal Processing (DSP) control and 4 speakers, speed compensated volume and equalization control; remote keyless entry and anti-theft engine immobilizer; power door locks and mirrors wîth driver-side auto up/down; 4-way adjustable driver's seat; auto-off halogen headlamps; a tilt-adjusted §teering column, and a convenient 12-volt power outlet in the center console – the latter item perfect for recharging a hand-held GPS unit or a cell phone.

Other thoughtful design features included on every 2013 Lancer DE are a blacked-out front grille and aesthetically-pleasing sculpted side air dams.

One step beyond is the 2013 Lancer ES model that includes essentially all of the welcome standard amenities found on the DE model but is also available wîth numerous deluxe options including a HDD navigation system wîth music server that can hold up to 3,000 songs; the convenience of Mitsubishi Motors' FAST-Key passive entry wîth panic feature; and the company's innovative FÚSE Handsfree Link System™ for operating numerous audio system, iPod® and a Bluetooth™-enabled cell phone functions using simple voice commands.

Both the 2013 Lancer DE and ES models are powered by a proven workhorse of an engine: a 16-valve 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine rated at 148 horsepower that features Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) for improved power production and reduced exhaust emissions (Lancer DE and ES models). Equally impressive is the dynamic sports sedan duo's miraculous fuel economy wîth an EPA rating of 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway when equipped wîth the continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

2013 Lancer SE AWC: Value-Focused Model wîth All-Wheel Control (AWC) Introduced just last year, the 2013 Lancer SE AWC wîth Mitsubishi Motors' road-gripping All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive system is powered by a larger displacement 2.4-liter DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower and provides power to either the front or all four wheels (thanks to the driver-controlled Drive Mode Switch) via the fuel-thrifty continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

2013 Lancer GT and Ralliart: Performance and Luxury

Mixing both refinement and all-out performance, the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT and the Lancer Ralliart pamper their occupants wîth upscale touches and available accessories while also offering the enthusiast driver unrivaled sports sedan athleticism.

Like the Lancer SE AWC model, the 2013 Lancer GT features a brawny 168 bhp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine under its hood. But while the Lancer SE AWC comes equipped wîth a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) as the sole 'gearbox' offering, the sporting Lancer GT comes wîth a rifle bolt-precise short-throw 5-speed manual transmission and the option of upgrading to a technological marvel: a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) wîth INVEC-III (Intelligent & Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control system) that 'learns' a driver's particular driving manner to better execute shift performance. The CVT-equipped Lancer GT also includes Sportronic® shifting via §teering wheel paddle shifters for the ultimate in driver enjoyment and control.

Other included amenities on the 2013 Lancer GT are sport front bucket seats; automatic climate control; sport-tuned suspension; a dynamic 6 speaker audio system; the more aggressive-lòòking front fascia from the Lancer Ralliart model; 18-inch alloy wheels, Mitsubishi's FAST-key wîth panic feature and leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob.

For all-out performance and upscale features, the 2013 Lancer Ralliart resides atop the Japanese auto manufacturers compact sports sedan podium.

Thanks to a 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled MIVEC-equipped 4-cylinder engine that belts out a vigorous 237 horsepower and a lightning-fast 6-speed automated manual Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST), the 2013 Lancer Ralliart's agility and performance capabilities reach new heights – thanks to the inclusion of advanced Mitsubishi Motors electronic driver aids such as full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC) wîth Active Center Differential (ACD) along wîth a front helical limited-slip differential, a rear limited-slip differential and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Hill Start Assist (HAS) allows the vehicle to remain in a stationary position on a slope for several seconds after the driver removes their foot from the brake pedal to depress the accelerator pedal.

Standard equipment on the 2013 Lancer Ralliart above and beyond the Lancer GT's amenities include an aluminum hood wîth heat extractor vent; sport fabric seating surfaces, chrome side lower door molding, SiriusXM™ satellite radio for 3 months, and leather-wrapped sports §teering wheel, shift knob and shift boot.

Source - Mitsubishi

2013 MITSUBISHI LANCER AND OUTLANDER SPORT MODELS NAMED INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICKS

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) has seen a pair of its 2013 vehicle offerings – the versatile and stylish Lancer compact sport sedan and the dynamic Outlander Sport compact crossover – named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as 'Top Safety Picks.'

For the sixth year in a row, the Mitsubishi Lancer compact sport sedan* (including Sportback 5-door) joins the elite group of 2013 model vehicles that meet the Insurance Institute's rigid vehicle crash testing criteria in order to be called an IIHS 'Top Safety Pick.' The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the company's varied model lineup as it achieves a lofty EPA-rated 34 mpg highway (DE and ES models wîth the 2.0-liter engine).

And for a second year in a row, the Mitsubishi Motors' made-in-America five-passenger 2013 Outlander Sport compact crossover makes the grade as an IIHS 'Top Safety Pick.' With a MSRP starting price of only $19,170, the 2013 Outlander Sport achieves an impressive EPA-rated 31 mpg highway.

To commemorate Mitsubishi Motors' arrival to American shores some 30 years ago, the company has created a special dynamic-lòòking version of its compact crossover vehicle wîth the arrival of the 2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition model at Mitsubishi dealers nationwide this March. The eye-catching 2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition features blackout side mirrors, center bumper, wheel arch trim and roof rails, argent chrome alloy wheels, power driver's seat and special 'Limited Edition' badging. Two-tone Dove Grey and Black leather-clad seats are also available. Vehicle performance is enhanced by a new engine balancer shaft that provides smoother and quicker acceleration.

For more information on the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer, Outlander Sport and the Outlander Sport Limited Edition, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and for more information on the 'Top Safety Pick' award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), please visit iihs.org.

Source - Mitsubishi
The Mitsubishi Lancer was first introduced in 1973, and since that time more than six million examples have been sold. It has carried many different names, sold by different manufacturers, and come in different shapes and sizes. Since the cars inception, it has proven to be a solid competitor in rally competition. It has been a very versatile, and capable automobile.

When first introduced, it joined Mitsubishi's other models which included the Galant, their compact car, and the Minica kei car. The Lancer fell into ranks between these two models, serving as the company's lower-to-middle class vehicle. When introduced, it was offered in twelve different trim levels, included the base 1.2-liter sedan, and ranging towards the rally-prepared 1600 GSR. Two bodystyles were offered, the 2-door coupe and the 4-door sedan. There was also a five-door station wagon, but the production levels on this never reached very high. A hatchback was added in 1975, called the Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste and offered with either a 1.4- or 1.6-liter engine. A 2.0-liter unit was later added.

The second generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer was introduced in 1978 and remained in production until 1983. The only bodystyle offered was the four-door sedan; two engine sizes were available, a 1.4- and 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit. The big news for this generation was the addition of the Lancer EX, which brought with it a turbocharger for the 1.8-liter engine.

In 1982 the next generation of the Lancer was introduced. A new model was launched, dubbed the lancer Fiore and based on the Mitsubishi Mirage. This generation of the Lancer was offered in a 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback, and five-door station wagon. The 1.6- and 1.8-liter engines were still available. A diesel version was introduced, and fuel injected and turbocharged versions were offered.

The station wagon was added in 1985, and it was followed quickly by a four-wheel drive version.

In 1988 the next iteration of the Lancer began, and would persist until 1992. The design changed; the car became less boxy, and more aerodynamic in appearance and principle. The edges became more round and modern. The shape followed the design of the Galant.

By now, the Lancer name was being shared with the Dodge Lancer, which was being sold in the United States by Chrysler Group. In Japan, the model was known as the Mirage Aspire.

This generation of the Lancer was sold as a 3-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and 5-door hatchback. Front and four-wheel drive was available.

In 1991, the differences between the Mirage and the Lancer became even greater, though both were still built on the same platform. In the North American market, the Lancer was sold as the Eagle Summit.

A V6 engine, which displaced just 1.6-liters, was introduced and powered the Mirage, along with other Mitsubishi cars. It would even become the power source for one of the HSR Concept vehicles. This V6 engine was the smallest mass-produced V6, a title it retains to this day. Other engine options included a 1.3, 1.5, 1.8, and 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. The 1.3 and 1.5-liter versions were SOHC while the rest were DOHC. The 1.8 was created in both SOHC and DOHC fashion. The standard gearbox was the five-speed manual, with the four-speed automatic being sold as optional equipment.

The big news was the Lancer GSR, which had a high-performance turbocharged engine and would form the groundwork for the Lancer Evolution, commonly known as the Lancer Evo, which began in September of 1993. The Evo used the drivetrain of the Galant VR-4 rally car, and would soon prove its potential as a high performance competition machine.

All of the Lancer Evolutions has shared a two-liter, turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive system. The Evolutions, prior to version V, are the officially-approved models for Mitsubishi's efforts in the World Rally Championship's Group A class and SCCA Pro Rally Championship. The cars are built on the same platform as the other Lancers, but given many performance upgrades and mechanical improvements.

Lancer Evolutions continue to race in Group A and Group N classes.

The seventh generation of the Lancer was introduced in 1995 and produced until 2000. It continued the Lancers successful formula of enjoying strong sales throughout the world. In Japan, the name for the sedan and wagon continued as the Libero; related Mirage models were still available. The Coupe was known as the Mirage Asti in Japan, and the Lancer Coupe in the rest of the world.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V is the only Mitsubishi to earn the WRC Constructors Championship for its marque. Tommi Makinen has claimed four WRC Drivers Championships, from 1996 through 2000, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (IV, V & VI). Makinen has driven Mitsubishi's in most of his WRC career. The exception being a Ford Escort RS Cosworth in 1994 and a Subaru Impreza WRC in 2002.

The eight generation of the Lancer was introduced in 2000 in Japan. Most of the other markets continued with the seventh generation. The 8th gen Lancer was available in a four-door sedan configuration or as a station wagon.

Styling changes for the Lancer occurred in 2004 and 2005 for the North American market. The grille was given more fins so it was closer in design to the American version of the Galant. The facia was changed slightly again in 2006.

The Sportback and Ralliart were introduced to the US in 2004. Both of these trim levels brought more equipped and bigger engines. The Sportback has a 160 horsepower engine and the Ralliart was just a little higher, at 162. For both, the suspension had been improved, resulting in better handling and performance. The cars were lowered and 16-inch alloy wheels could now be found on all four corners. Aerodynamic ground package, fog lamps, and front bucket seats completed the ensemble. The Ralliart was given clear rear tail lights and a rear deck spoiler, which did little except enhance the cars appearance. All Sportbacks were equipped with an INVECS-II automatic gearbox. The Ralliart had the five-speed manual as standard and the four-speed automatic as optional.

Slow sales and financial difficulties for Mitsubishi had the Sportback canceled after just one year.

The Mitsubishi Concept X was unveiled to the public at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show; Concept-Sportback was shown a little while later at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new lancer drew its design inspiration from both of these concepts, which was officially unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. Sales for this generation of vehicle went on sale in the US in March of 2007. it is available as a four-door sedan.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
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