2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Offers Four Distinct Models To Fit Virtually Any Budget And/Or Lifestyle
Rated as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 'Top Safety Pick' for several years in a row (2009 through 2013; except Ralliart version), the Mitsubishi Lancer offers the proverbial 'a lot of car for the money.' And wîth a quartet of distinctive models that range from the fun-to-drive and highly fuel-efficient entry-level model (2015 Lancer ES) through to the high-tech turbocharged engine/dual-clutch transmission and extreme agility of the rally racing-inspired edition (2015 Lancer Ralliart), there is a Lancer model perfectly suited to virtually any budget and/or lifestyle.
Numerous feature/package changes take place to the Mitsubishi Lancer model lineup for the 2015 model year:
All Models •New heated side view mirrors wîth turn indicators
ES Model (with CVT)A new Value Package that includes: •Newly designed 16-in. alloy wheels •FÚSE Hands-Free Link System® wîth ÚSB port •High contrast meters wîth color multi-information display •Chrome interior door handles •Soft-touch front upper door trim •Rear disc brakes
SE AWC Model
Greatly expanded new standard equipment package that includes: •Newly designed 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels •FÚSE Hands-Free Link System® wîth ÚSB port •High contrast meters wîth color multi-information display •6 speaker audio system •Fog lights •Color-keyed sport front bumper
New standard features including: •New white contrast seat and door stitching
A new Sun and Sound package (CVT-equipped models) that includes: •Power glass sunroof •9 speaker 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium sound system •HID headlights wîth daytime running lights (DRL)
New standard features including: •HID headlights wîth daytime running lights (DRL) •18-in. dark finish alloy wheels •9 speaker 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium sound system •Auto-dimming rearview mirror •Auto on/off headlight control •Rain-sensing wipers •New white contrast seat and door stitching
With the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer – like every model within the Mitsubishi Motors family – safety is always at the forefront of the Japanese auto manufacturer's engineering and design philosophy. Numerous safety technologies and features have been engineered into the 2015 Lancer including an advanced seven (7) air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) that includes dual-stage front air bags wîth occupant seat position sensor, side-impact head protection curtain air bags, front seat-mounted side air bags, and a driver's side knee air bag; anti-lock braking (ABS) system wîth Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC) wîth Traction Control Logic (TCL); a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); front pedestrian impact crumple zones; height-adjustable headrests and three-point seatbelts for all three rear seating positions.
Additionally, Mitsubishi Motors' highly-effective Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) energy-absorbing body construction technology has been engineered into every 2015 Lancer model to help provide an additional degree of driver and passenger protection in the event of an impact.
Lancer ES – Far from Ordinary
Available wîth a slick-shifting 5-speed manual or a technologically advanced continuously-variable transmission (CVT), the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer ES is a fuel-efficient vehicle wîth an EPA fuel mileage rating of 34 mpg highway* (Lancer ES models equipped wîth the CVT transmission).
Making use of Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-timing to maximize power while minimizing harmful exhaust emissions, the 2015 Lancer ES is powered by a very capable yet highly refined 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that has a power output rated at 148 bhp according to federal emmisions figures.
A wealth of standard features are included on every 2015 Lancer ES including an excellent 4 speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system; §teering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and Bluetooth® hands-free system controls; a helpful ECO indicator light that illuminates to alert the driver when they are driving in the most fuel-efficient manner; air conditioning wîth micron filtration; keyless remote entry wîth panic alarm feature; split-folding rear seat; and a 6-way adjustable driver's seat.
What's more, a new Value Package (CVT-equipped models) is now available for the 2015 Lancer ES that includes Mitsubishi Motors' convenient FÚSE Hands-Free Link System® wîth a ÚSB port; newly designed 16-inch alloy wheels; soft-touch front upper door trim; chrome interior door handles; high contrast meters wîth color multi-information display; and rear disc brakes.
Lancer SE – Mitsubishi Motors' Excellent All-Wheel Control (AWC) at a Low Price Point
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer SE is a very compelling value as this model includes even more standard features than the entry-level Lancer ES but also boasts Mitsubishi Motors' exceptionally capable All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive system – all at a very affordable price point.
Along wîth the added tractability, handling and control benefits of the All-Wheel Control (AWC) system, the Lancer SE is powered by a larger displacement and more powerful 2.4-liter DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine that is rated at 168 bhp, a full 20 bhp increase over the 2.0-liter engine found in the Lancer ES. The exclusive transmission paired wîth this fuel-efficient and stout powerplant is the continuously-variable transmission (CVT).
Including the full line of features/accessories that come wîth the Lancer ES model, the all-wheel drive 2015 Lancer SE benefits from additional items including heated front seats, rearview camera, a 6 speaker 6.1-in. touchscreen display audio system wîth HD Radio® and a 3-month pre-paid subscription to SIRIÚSXM® satellite radio; chrome interior door handles; soft-touch front upper door trim and roof carrier plug-in accommodation.
An array of standard features have been added to the 2015 model Lancer SE including FÚSE Hands-Free Link System® wîth ÚSB port; high contrast meters wîth color multi-function display; a stylish color-keyed sport front bumper, fog lights and newly designed 16-in. two-tone alloy wheels.
The new-for-2015 color multi-function display provides the driver easy to access and handy data including outside temperature, average fuel consumption, driving distance until the fuel tank is empty, service reminders, plus much more important information.
Luxury and Sportiness wîth the Lancer GT
The eye-catching 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer GT offers the best of both worlds wîth sporty performance and handling along wîth a number of standard and available luxury features.
Sharing the same aggressive-lòòking front fascia as the premium Lancer Ralliart model, the Lancer GT not only looks but acts the part of a performance-oriented sports sedan, thanks to its sport-tuned suspension and capable 168 bhp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine – the identical engine found beneath the hood of the capable Lancer SE AWC model. Rounding out the performance package are the choice between a pair of enthusiast-oriented gearboxes: a precision 5-speed manual or a continuously-variable transmission (CVT), the latter unit featuring rapid-fire §teering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Along wîth the new-for-2015 white contrast seat and door stitching, standard amenities included on the Lancer GT are a 6 speaker 6.1-in. touchscreen display audio system wîth HD Radio® and a 3-month pre-paid subscription to SIRIÚSXM® satellite radio; FÚSE Hands-Free Link System® wîth ÚSB port; rearview camera; stylish rear wing spoiler; leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob; automatic climate control; FAST-key passive entry system wîth alarm; and 18-in. alloy wheels.
A new addition for the 2015 model year is the available Sun and Sound package (CVT-equipped models) that includes a 9 speaker 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium sound system; high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights; and a power glass sunroof.
Lancer Ralliart – The Enthusiast Driver's Choice
Powered by a slightly detuned version of the engine that propels Mitsubishi Motors' legendary Lancer Evolution high-performance sports sedan, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart offers all of the thrills and a great deal of the advanced performance equipment of the 'Evo' at an even more attainable price point.
Residing under the hood of every 2015 Lancer Ralliart is essentially the same engine architecture of its big brother, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, in the form of a 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder engine wîth Mitsubishi Motors' MIVEC variable valve-timing technology, save for a reduced power output of a still very capable 237 horsepower. An added bonus: the Ralliart's drivetrain is also fitted wîth an essentially identical quick-shifting high-tech 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic® Shift Transmission (TC-SST) as that of the Lancer Evolution. The performance-oriented Lancer Ralliart has an EPA fuel mileage rating of 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway.
Further aiding the Lancer Ralliart's highly athletic disposition are advanced driver's aids including a full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive system that includes an Active Center Differential (ACD), rear limited-slip differential and a front helical limited-slip differential. Along wîth standard Hill Start Assist (HSA) technology and the choice of three different driver selectable modes (Tarmac, Gravel and Snow settings) for the advanced All-Wheel Control (AWC) system, the Ralliart displays excellent handling and tractability on a variety of road surfaces as well as in varying weather conditions.
The long list of standard features found on every 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart include aluminum foot pedals; paddle shifters; rearview camera; FÚSE Hands-Free Link System® wîth ÚSB port; voice-activated Bluetooth® hands-free phone technology; FAST-key passive entry system wîth alarm feature; and §teering wheel-mounted cruise, audio system and Bluetooth® hands-free system controls; along wîth many other welcome amenities.
Newly-added amenities included in the Ralliart's standard equipment package for the 2015 model year are high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights wîth auto on/off headlight control; a sensational-sounding 9 speaker 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium sound system; and auto dimming rearview mirror.
Mitsubishi Motors' Outstanding Warranty
Every 2015 Lancer model includes Mitsubishi Motors outstanding warranty that is among the very best in the auto . Coverage includes a fully-transferable 5-year/60,000-mile (3-year/36,000-mile warranty for Lancer Ralliart) new vehicle limited warranty; a 10-year/100,000-mile (5-year/60,000-mile warranty for Lancer Ralliart) powertrain limited warranty for the original vehicle purchaser; a 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty; and a 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance program.
*Preliminary estimated fuel economy numbers pending final determination by the EPA. Source - Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has introduced the all-new, 2008 Lancer compact sport sedan, delivering driven-to-thrill dynamics, ''class-up'' value, advanced safety and available cutting-edge user-technology in an aggressively styled package. The new-generation Lancer models arrive in Mitsubishi dealerships in early 2007. The 2008 Lancer brings the bold, dynamic lines of the show-stopping Mitsubishi Concept-X to the showroom. First shown in 2005, the stunning Concept X previewed not only the next generation Mitsubishi compact sport sedan, but also a new design language to convey an unmistakable brand identity. A ''shark-nosed'' front end inspired by jet fighter air intakes, a distinct wedge-like profile and crisp, taut lines highlight the Lancer's exciting new design.
The 2008 Lancer is based on a new performance-engineered global platform that also forms the foundation of the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander SÚV and will underpin the next-generation high-performance Lancer Evolution model. Lancer's comprehensive safety package provides seven standard air bags, including the first driver's knee air bag in a Mitsubishi model. The new-generation Lancer's standard new 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine is among the most powerful standard engines in its §egmènt, wîth 152 hp at 6,000 rpm (Federal Tier 2, Bin 5 emissions) and 146 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,250 rpm. (For California, Lancer is PZEV-certified and offers 143 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 143 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,250 rpm.)
The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is available in three levels of trim and driving dynamics: DE, ES and the sport-tuned GTS. The Lancer ES model projects a refined appearance wîth 5-spoke 16-in. alloy wheels, color-keyed door handles and mirrors and a chrome grille surround. The GTS's styling is even more aggressive than on other Lancer models, wîth 10-spoke 18-in. alloy wheels, front and side air dams, standard fog lights, a rear spoiler and a chrome tailpipe tip.
All Lancer models come wîth a standard crisp-shifting 5-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The new-generation Lancer is the first Mitsubishi in North America to offer an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) in place of a conventional automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) When equipped wîth the CVT, the Lancer GTS exclusively features a 6-step Sportronic(R) mode that allows the driver to manually control transmission operation using magnesium §teering wheel paddle shifters - a first in the §egmènt. In contrast to a conventional automatic transmission, which uses fixed gear ratios, a CVT operates on a pulley system that allows an infinite variability between highest and lowest available ratios wîth no discrete steps or shifts. A CVT smoothly adapts to changing vehicle speeds, allowing the engine speed to remain at its level of peak efficiency, helping to improve both fuel economy and exhaust emissions.
The new Lancer is built on a longer wheelbase and wider track - but wîth a slightly shorter overall length than the previous model. A 2.3-inch increase in both the front and rear track dimensions - now 60.2 in. - sets the stage for the new Lancer's solid, stable handling capability. Wheelbase was lengthened to 103.7 in. from 102.3 in, and overall width is increased from 66.7 in to 69.4 in. Overall length, however, has been reduced by 0.6-in., giving the new Lancer a more road-hugging attitude that is especially evident wîth the GTS model's 18-in. wheels. Lancer's highly rigid unibody body structure, which makes extensive use of high-strength steel, allows for sport-oriented suspension tuning while also providing a smooth, compliant ride. Compared to the previous-generation Lancer, torsional rigidity has been increased by 56 percent, and bending rigidity is up by 50 percent - increases that exceed body stiffness measurements of even the previous Lancer Evolution IX.
Mitsubishi refined the new Lancer's suspension calibration to deliver an international driving character more commonly found in expensive European sport sedans. Front suspension employs strut tower bars that enhance lateral rigidity for precise §teering response. The Lancer's sophisticated new multi-link rear suspension is a major factor in providing ride and handling characteristics that might be expected from a more expensive vehicle. Úsing separate coil springs and shock absorbers helps maximize trunk room. Lancer DE and ES models feature standard 16-in. wheels (steel on DE, alloy on ES) wîth 205/60 R16 tires. The 2008 Lancer GTS - wîth the standard 5-speed manual transmission or the optional CVT - combines a sport-tuned suspension - including different stabilizer bars and spring/shock damping rates - wîth 18-inch wheels and 215/45 R18 tires to make this model an aggressive twisty-road tamer. The GTS's brakes are the same as used on the larger, heavier Outlander SÚV, featuring 11.6-in. (294 mm) vented discs in front and 11.9-in. (302 mm) solid discs in rear.
The 2008 Lancer is built around Mitsubishi's next-generation Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) unibody design. The RISE body structure disperses energy loads during side and rear crashes and controls distortion, enhancing occupant protection and also helping to protect the fuel system during a rear impact. The 2008 Lancer's safety package is one of the most comprehensive in the §egmènt and includes an advanced dual front air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) wîth occupant sensors, standard front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags, plus a driver's knee air bag. The Lancer ES and GTS models include as standard an anti-lock braking system (ABS) wîth electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), which is available as an option for the DE model. All Lancer models feature a tire pressure monitoring system.
As wîth the exterior, the Lancer's interior is characterized by clean and crisp surfaces, free of gimmicks and using high-quality materials and marked by careful attention to detail. Each trim line is distinguished by its own distinct seating materials and interior trim. The overall instrument panel shape and design contribute to a more spacious interior feeling than seen in some competitors. The roomy feeling is no illusion, as the Lancer provides 94.8 cu. ft. of passenger space (93.3 wîth the optional sunroof). Precision-designed detailing on all controls lends a high-touch, high-tech feel. The short-stroke switches also impart a feeling of quality and solidity, and audio switches are finished in piano black for an upscale appearance. Metallic-like trim highlights the shifter bezel, and also the §teering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls switches in the ES and GTS models.
All Lancer models for 2008 come pre-wired for accessory SIRIÚS(R) Satellite Radio. This in-demand feature is also included in the optional Sun and Sound Package that is available for the ES and GTS models, where it is combined wîth a power glass sunroof, SIRIÚS(R) Satellite Radio wîth 6 month pre-paid subscription and a 650-watt (max.), Rockford-Fosgate(R) Premium Audio system - the most powerful factory-installed audio system in the §egmènt. Similar to the option offered for the new-generation 2007 Outlander SÚV, the audiophile-quality Rockford-Fosgate system has been custom-tuned for the Lancer's interior acoustics to reproduce all types of music wîth remarkable clarity and power. The system includes a 6-CD in-dash head unit wîth MP3 playback capability and features an audio input jack to connect an iPod(R) or similar media player. The Lancer's Rockford-Fosgate system plays through nine speakers in seven positions, including a trunk-mounted subwoofer.
The sport-tuned GTS is also the technology leader of the Lancer line, featuring a standard wîth a Bluetooth(R) wireless technology cell phone interface system wîth voice recognition microphone for hands-free calling (available for the ES model). The GTS model is exclusively available wîth the optional Navigation and Technology Package, which combines a 30-gigabyte hard drive navigation system wîth digital music server function, the Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System and the FAST Key (Freehand Advanced Security Transmitter) entry system. FAST Key allows the driver to unlock the vehicle simply by having the remote in a pocket or purse and grasping the handle on either of the front doors or the trunk.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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