The MITSUBISHI LANCER is a compact car produced by the Japanese
manufacturer Mitsubishi since 1973. It has been marketed as the COLT
LANCER, Dodge/Plymouth Colt , CHRYSLER VALIANT LANCER, CHRYSLER
Eagle Summit , HINDUSTAN LANCER, SOUEAST LIONCEL, and
Mitsubishi Mirage in various countries at different times, and has
been sold as the MITSUBISHI GALANT FORTIS in Japan since 2007. It has
also been sold as MITSUBISHI LANCER FORTIS in
Between its introduction in 1973 and 2008, over six million units had been sold. According to Mitsubishi, there were nine generations of development before the current model.
* 1 1973–1979
* 1.1 Celeste
* 2 1979–1987
* 2.1 Europe * 2.2 Japan * 2.3 Engines
* 3 1988–2000: Mirage-based Lancer
* 3.1 Gallery * 3.2 Timeline
* 4 2000–2007
* 4.1 Marketing
* 5 2007–2017
* 5.1 Marketing * 5.2 Facelift * 5.3 Discontinuation * 5.4 Lancer Fortis / Lancer iO
* 6 2017–present * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
The first Lancer (A70) was launched in February 1973. It served to fill the gap between the Minica kei car and the larger Galant . The sporting 1600 GSR model began the Lancer's long and successful rally history, winning the Safari Rally twice and the Southern Cross Rally four times.
There were four body styles, two- and four-door sedans , a two-door hardtop coupe and a long-running five-door station wagon (built until replaced by the front-wheel drive Lancer/Mirage Van in March 1984). Engines were different 1.2-liter, 1.4-liter, and 1.6-liter fours.
This car was marketed under a variety of names:
In February 1975 the Lancer was complemented by a hatchback called
the Lancer Celeste, succeeding the Galant FTO . It was also called the
Mitsubishi Celeste (New Zealand) or Colt Celeste in some markets; and
sold as the Chrysler Lancer in Australia, the
Four-door Lancer assembly began in New Zealand in 1975, supplementing the larger English Hillman Avengers also built locally by importer Todd Motors. The Celeste was imported built-up from Japan initially and assembly of a single 1.6- liter, manual transmission model began in 1978 followed by a minor facelift about a year later.
The Celeste was originally available with 1.4- and 1.6-liter options, while a bigger 2.0-liter model was added later. An even larger 2.6-liter four was available in the US-market Plymouth Fire Arrow. The Celeste was facelifted in 1978, receiving square headlights and bigger squarer bumpers. Production of the Lancer Celeste ended in July 1981 and it was replaced by the front-wheel drive Cordia in early 1982.
ASSEMBLY Japan: Okazaki (Nagoya Plant )
DESIGNER Aldo Sessano (design) Rakuzo Mitamura (engineering)
BODY AND CHASSIS
BODY STYLE 4-door sedan
LAYOUT FR layout
ENGINE 1244 cc 4G11 I4 (gasoline) 1439 cc 4G33 I4 (gasoline) 1410 cc 4G12 I4 (gasoline) 1597 cc 4G32 I4 (gasoline) 1795 cc 4G62 I4 (gasoline) 1795 cc 4G62T I4-T (gasoline) 1997 cc 4G63T I4-T (gasoline)
TRANSMISSION 4-speed manual 5-speed manual 3-speed automatic
WHEELBASE 2,440 mm (96.1 in)
LENGTH 4,230 mm (166.5 in)
WIDTH 1,620 mm (63.8 in)
HEIGHT 1,380–1,390 mm (54.3–54.7 in)
CURB WEIGHT 1,170–1,295 kg (2,579–2,855 lb)
In 1979, the all new Lancer EX was unveiled in Japan. Its new, clean
and aerodynamic styling with integrated plastic bumpers reflected that
of the recently introduced Galant and Sapporo . It was of a more
European appearance than earlier Mitsubishis. Considerably more
spacious, it grew in all dimensions. Only two engines were offered at
first, a 1.4-liter MCA-JET equipped engine paired with Mitsubishi's
Silent Shaft Technology, which generated 80 PS (59 kW) and a 1.6-liter
engine that generated 85 PS (63 kW). The MCA-JET system was an
entirely new concept when compared with the previously used carburetor
system. The MCA stands for Mitsubishi Clean Air which meant that the
EX passed both Japan and US emission standards, while the new cylinder
head design of the engine gave way for a Jet valve which introduced an
extra swirl of air to the combustion chamber, swirling the fuel-air
mixture for a cleaner, efficient and more thorough burn.
In addition to these improvements, another breakthrough in the Lancer lineup was the Silent Shaft Technology, which was actually two counterbalancing shafts that rotated in opposite directions, cancelling the power pulses inherent in an inline four-cylinder engine. This reduced both engine noise and vibration, and provided a smoother driving experience. The 1.8-liter Sirius 80 engines were then introduced in the Lancer in 1980, expanding the Lancer's range of engines. Also, a turbocharged, 135 PS (99 kW) engine was added in 1980 for sportier performance, and an intercooler system was also integrated in the existing turbocharged engine to produce 160 PS (118 kW) in 1983.
In 1980, The Lancer EX was introduced with a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four option known as the 1800GSR and GT Turbo. The first generation 1800GSR and GT were only available with a turbocharged, non-intercooled 135 PS (99 kW).
New Zealand importer Todd Motors assembled the new Lancer EX from 1980 with 1.6-liter carburetor gasoline engine and a choice of manual or automatic transmission. The model was also a popular base for rally cars in that market, with some success. It was replaced by the front-drive Tredia in 1982 with the Cordia coupe equivalent effectively replacing the earlier Celeste.
In Europe, the Lancer EX sold well as its restrained styling better matched the desires of European buyers than its somewhat fussy predecessor. Other considerations concerned handling and also the demand for more passenger room, as Mitsubishi tailored the Lancer towards European consumers. It went on sale locally after making its European premier at the 1979 Frankfurt Show .
Unlike in Japan, European buyers could also get a 1.2-liter option which suited local tax conditions. Claimed outputs in Europe were lower than in the domestic market, with the 1200, 1400, and 1600 being good for 40, 50, and 60 kW (54, 68, and 82 PS) respectively. Here, the Lancer EX was also offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, known as the Lancer EX 2000 Turbo. It achieved a maximum output of 125 kW (170 PS) and managed a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). This model was equipped with electronic fuel injection . A rally version of the Lancer EX 2000 Turbo was made for the 1000 Lakes Rally that gave out 206 kW (280 PS). At home, sales of the turbo model were low because of emission regulations Japan imposed at that time.
* 1400 SL, GL – Four-door sedan powered by a 1.4-liter engine, with a four-speed manual transmission; a five-speed was also introduced (1979–1987). * 1200 EL, GL, SL – Same as the 1400, with a 1.2-liter engine option (1979–1983). The EL was the lowest priced version with very little equipment. * 1400 GL A/T, SL, GLX – Three-speed automatic version, SL replaced GL in 1983 (1979–1987). * 1600 XL – Four-door sedan powered by a 1.6-liter engine, with a three-speed automatic transmission (1979–1983). * 1600 GSR – Four-door sedan powered by a 1.6-liter engine with twin carburetors, with a five-speed manual transmission (1980–1983). * 1600 XL SUPER – Same as the XL, with minor changes (1983–1987). * 1800 SE – Four-door sedan powered by a 1.8-liter producing 100 PS (74 kW) engine, and available with a five-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic transmission (1981–1983). * 1800 GSR TURBO – Four-door sedan powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine producing 135 PS (99 kW), with aesthetic upgrades (1981–1983). * 1800 GT TURBO – Same as the GSR, but with a different body trim (1981–1983). * 1800 GSR TURBO INTERCOOLER – Intercooler version of the first turbo version, producing 160 PS (118 kW), and with minor changes to the aesthetics (1983–1987). * 1800 GT TURBO INTERCOOLER – Same as the GSR Turbo Intercooler, again with different body trim (1983–1987). * 1800 GSL TURBO – Same as the GSR Turbo Intercooler, only it used the engine from the GSR/GT Turbo, and equipped with a three-speed automatic transmission, and with a more luxurious interior. Along with an AM/FM multi-cassette stereo system (1983–1987).
* ECI turbocharged DOHC 1997 cc inline-four, 170 PS (125 kW)
* ECI turbocharged SOHC 1795 cc inline-four, 160 PS (118 kW) * ECI turbocharged (third gear) SOHC 1795 cc inline-four, 135 PS (99 kW) * Carburetor SOHC 1795 cc inline-four, 100 PS (74 kW)
* Carburetor SOHC 1597 cc inline-four, 85 PS (63 kW)
* Carburetor "MCA-Jet" SOHC 1410 cc inline-four, 80 PS (59 kW)
* Carburetor SOHC 1244 cc inline-four, 54 PS (40 kW)
1988–2000: MIRAGE-BASED LANCER
Main article: Mitsubishi Mirage
Between 1988 and 2000, the Lancer in Japan derived from the subcompact Mirage —itself sold in many export markets under the name Colt . Mitsubishi had originally launched the Mirage in 1978 as a front-wheel drive hatchback, with a sedan variant later released in 1982—and a version of which sold in Japan as Lancer Fiore. Five generations of Mirage were manufactured by Mitsubishi up until 2003, with new generations released in 1983, 1987 (with the equivalent Lancer delayed until 1988), 1991, and 1995. It was not until 1988—with the 1979 to 1987 Lancer now departed—that the Mirage-based Lancer eschewed the Fiore suffix.
Between 1982 and 1987, the aforementioned Mirage sedan with minor styling modifications sold as the Lancer Fiore through Japanese retail channels. The Fiore spanned two generations, the second of which came to the market in 1983. Internationally, the Fiore sedan often sold under the abbreviated name Lancer, and sometimes as the "Lancer F" (for example, in Germany). Thus, with the rear-wheel drive Lancer as introduced in 1979 and the front-wheel drive Lancer Fiore, Mitsubishi had two similarly sized models competing in the same market segment, sometimes even while sharing the Lancer badge.
Although naming conventions varied, for all generations, sedan versions of the Mirage were typically badged as Lancer in export markets, although notably not in the United States. In Japan, sedan variants of the Mirage and Lancer sold alongside one another with minor differences in trim. The station wagon, part of the 1983 and 1991 iterations, was typically known as the Lancer in export markets. Likewise, the Mirage coupe variant, available with the 1991 and 1995 generations, also became part of the Lancer lineup in some regions.
Mitsubishi introduced replacements for the Mirage starting in 2000, with a new generation of Lancer sedan—now larger and having moved up to the compact segment. Then in 2002, a subcompact five-door hatchback badged Colt internationally became available, thus substituting the Mirage hatchback. By 2003, the Mirage had been completely phased out of mainstream Japanese production and Lancer became the primary title for Mitsubishi's compact offerings.
MITSUBISHI LANCER TIMELINE, 1973–PRESENT
VEHICLE 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
Regular Lancer Lancer
Lancer Lancer (Galant Fortis)
L. Fiore Lancer Fiore Lancer Lancer Lancer
ALSO CALLED Mitsubishi Cedia Mitsubishi Virage (Taiwan) Soueast Lioncel II
PRODUCTION 2000–2007 2000–2017 (Venezuela)
Japan: Okazaki (Nagoya Plant )
India: Tiruvallur (Hindustan )
DESIGNER Shuzo Akamine
BODY AND CHASSIS
BODY STYLE 4-door sedan 5-door station wagon
LAYOUT Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
RELATED Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
ENGINE 1.3 L 4G13 I4 (gasoline) 1.5 L 4G15 I4 (gasoline) 1.6 L 4G18 I4 (gasoline) 1.8 L 4G93 I4 (gasoline) 1.8 L 4G93T I4-T (gasoline) 2.0 L 4G94 I4 (gasoline) 2.0 L 4G63 I4 (gasoline) 2.4 L 4G69 I4 (gasoline)
TRANSMISSION 5-speed manual 4-speed semi-automatic 4-speed automatic CVT automatic ( INVECS-III )
WHEELBASE 2,600 mm (102.4 in)
LENGTH 4,495–4,605 mm (177.0–181.3 in)
WIDTH 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
HEIGHT 1,375–1,425 mm (54.1–56.1 in)
CURB WEIGHT 1,399 kg (3,084 lb)
November 2000 saw the release in Japan of the Lancer Cedia (meaning CEntury DIAmond); though in most markets the previous 1995 vintage Mirage-based Lancer continued on, built at Mitsubishi's Mizushima plant in Japan. The new model was available in sedan and station wagon forms. In Europe, the Lancer was not offered in some countries, being too close to the size of the Dutch-built Mitsubishi Carisma , so the Evo VII model sold there bore the Carisma name. This series of Lancer is still sold in Japan where the 2007 onwards generation Lancer is known as "Galant Fortis".
In February 2003 for the 2004 model year, a heavily restyled Lancer surfaced with a front styling that brought it into line with the Mitsubishi corporate look, as well as a restyled rear, to further differentiate itself from the Lancer Evolution . The car's grille was then redesigned again in 2005 for the 2006 model year.
In Japan, the Lancer Cedia was offered with many different trim
levels and engines, including some options never exported. It was also
one of the first models to use the
INVECS-III CVT transmission. There
was also a
In Malaysia, the Lancer was made available after Mitsubishi had sold
all its shares in Malaysian carmaker Proton , marking the return of
Mitsubishi in Malaysian market after being absent since 1985 due to
the agreement with Proton. The Lancer sold in Malaysia was powered by
the 4G18 engine which also powered the early 1.6-liter Proton Waja
model. In the
In Australia, this series of Lancer was introduced as the CG series in July 2002 with the 2.0-liter 4G94 engine. The 2003 facelift, designated the CH series, introduced a heavily updated VR-X, which included new 16" alloys, stiffer suspension, body styling kit, and gear shifter borrowed from the Lancer Evolution. In 2004, the new Lancer wagon was introduced as a direct replacement for its ageing circa 1992 predecessor.
In August 2005, all Lancers were upgraded to the 2.4-liter 4G69 engine, producing 115 kW (154 hp) and 220 N·m (162 lb·ft) of torque. The upgraded engine also saw a change in trim levels and upgraded equipment—the ES and LS models now featured a more upmarket looking black interior, while the VR-X gained a new black grille to closer resemble the Lancer Evolution IX. The equipment levels of all models were also upgraded, with the LS and VR-X gaining climate control, and a premium audio system sourced from the luxury Mitsubishi Verada . The Exceed model was discontinued, and all updated models now used JDM sized rear bumpers instead of the larger USDM sized versions. Additionally, the wagon also saw these changes; and as of 2007, continues to be sold alongside the sedan.
The ES and LS models were given a minor facelift for the 2007 model year; this time gaining the same front grille as the US models, and putting it into line with the current corporate look—similar to that of the Colt and the locally built 380 . A limited edition ES model dubbed "Velocity" went on sale prior to this generation being replaced. This package included VR-X grille, rear spoiler, leather/Alcantara bolstered seats, sports pedals, 15-inch alloy wheels and chrome exhaust tip—all for the same price as the previous standard ES. Europe
In some European markets, the Lancer began to take the place of the Carisma in 2004. It is powered by a 1.3-liter SOHC 16-valve 4G13 engine producing 82 PS (60 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 120 N·m (89 lb·ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. The next engine in the range is the 1.6-liter SOHC 4G18 engine producing 98 PS (72 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 150 N·m (111 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm. Finally, there is the 2.0-liter DOHC 4G63 producing 135 PS (99 kW) at 5,750 rpm and 176 N·m (130 lb·ft) at 4,500 rpm. North America
In North America, the Lancer was introduced in 2001 for the 2002
model year as a direct replacement for the Mirage . In the United
States, Chrysler had offered an unrelated
North American Lancers were powered by a 2.0-liter 4G94 engine
producing 120 hp (89 kW) and 130 lb·ft (176 N·m) of torque. In
Mexico, the Lancer sedan was available in DE, ES, LS and GS trims with
a 2.0-liter DOHC 4G63 engine. 2006
In addition to the facelift, North America received three additional
models to the Lancer line in 2004—Lancer Ralliart, LS Sportback and
For the 2005 model year, the grille was changed to include more fins
to reflect a closer similarity to the North American Galant . For the
2006 model year, the fascia was changed again from a bridged fascia to
one with an open vent after Mitsubishi received complaints from
current owners regarding its similarity in appearance to General
The Lancer Sportback wagon was cancelled in the United States one
year after its release, but the
BODY AND CHASSIS
BODY STYLE 4-door sedan 5-door hatchback
LAYOUT Front-engine, front-wheel-drive Four-wheel-drive
PLATFORM Mitsubishi GS platform
ENGINE 1.5 L 4A91 I4 (gasoline) 1.6 L 4A92 I4 (gasoline) 1.8 L 4B10 I4 (gasoline) 2.0 L 4B11 I4 (gasoline) 2.0 L 4B11T I4-T (gasoline) 2.4 L 4B12 I4 (gasoline) 1.8 L 4N13 I4-T (diesel) 2.0 L VW I4-T (diesel)
TRANSMISSION 5-speed manual 6-speed semi-automatic (Ralliart) 4-speed automatic (INVECS-II) CVT automatic ( INVECS-III )
WHEELBASE 2,635 mm (103.7 in)
LENGTH Sedan: 4,570 mm (179.9 in) Sportback: 4,585 mm (180.5 in)
WIDTH 1,760 mm (69.3 in)
HEIGHT Sedan: 1,490 mm (58.7 in) Sportback: 1,515 mm (59.6 in)
CURB WEIGHT 1,230–1,415 kg (2,712–3,120 lb) 1,570–1,593 kg (3,461–3,512 lb) (Ralliart)
In 2005, Mitsubishi revealed the "Concept X" model car at the Tokyo Motor Show and its "Concept Sportback" model at the Frankfurt Motor Show . The new Lancer is based on these two concepts. The new Lancer was officially revealed in January 2007 at the Detroit Motor Show and went on sale in North American markets in March 2007 as a 2008 model. New Lancer features Mitsubishi's next-generation RISE safety body.
With the exception of the Lancer Evolution X, the Lancer is marketed as the Galant Fortis ( Latin for strong, brave and resolute) in the Japanese domestic market. It comes in three trim levels: Exceed, Super Exceed, and Sport. Sedan Sportback Interior
Due to popular demand of the previous 2000-era Lancer in Singapore, it continued to be sold alongside the new 2007 era Lancer which was called "Lancer EX" to differentiate itself from the former. The 1.5- and 2.0-liter engine sizes, and a flagship GT trim level are available in Singapore. For model year 2009, the design was refreshed all around with updated front grille, darkened clear tail lamps, and chrome lining with an additional floor console internally. The rear brakes have also been upgraded for the 2.0-liter variants to disc brakes for better stopping power.
In Malaysia, only the GT is offered. However, Proton has renewed cross-licensing and technology transfer agreements with Mitsubishi as of October 2008, and a Proton Waja replacement called the Proton Inspira .
In Indonesia, like Malaysia, only the GT is sold and it utilizes the new 2.0-liter 4B1 engine and is sold alongside the Evolution X. The previous generation Lancer was still sold, marketed as the Cedia using the 1.8-liter 4G9 engine. With the agreement with Proton finalized in October 2008, it is expected that the Lancer-based Proton Inspira will be exported to Indonesia.
Hong Kong received its unique edition of the Lancer in 2008, dubbed
the Lancer 2.0. The car comes in two trim levels, without a name for
either of them. Both are equipped with the 4B11 2.0-liter engine,
seven airbags, eight-speaker stereo system, adaptive front-lighting
system (AFS) with HID as well as 18-inch alloy wheels. The upper trim
In the Philippines, the Lancer arrived in mid 2008 known as the "Lancer EX" to differentiate it from the preceding model Lancer still sold there. Initially available only with the 2.0-liter 4B11 powerplant, the preceding Lancer was phased out in 2011 and was replaced with a 1.6-liter version of the new model. At the same time, the 2.0-liter engine was confined to top models due to lack of demand in the face of rising fuel prices. In 2011, three variants were available the GLX which is the base model available in five-speed manual or five-speed automatic, no fog lights and three-beam headlights. The GLS is the middle variant and has fog lights, GPS navigation with touchscreen. GLS has the same headlights with the GLX variant and the top of the line variant which is the MX. The MX has the same features as the GLS, the only differences being that it has HID headlights and blue LCD monitoring screen beneath the speedometer. In 2012, the GLS variant was phased out.
Since August 2015, GHK Motors (Mitsubishi Brunei) has offered a
version of the Lancer Sportback under the name
The Lancer was released in Australia in October 2007, designated the CJ series and was initially available in ES, VR and VRX trims. The ES included cruise control, driver, passenger and knee airbags, stability and traction control as standard. The VR adds alloy wheels, foglights, side skirts, boot lip spoiler, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, six-disc CD changer, as well as curtain and side airbags. The VRX gets extra skirts, a larger rear spoiler, 18-inch alloys and a premium Rockford Fosgate sound system. All three models shared the same 4B11 2.0-litre engine and can be had with manual or CVT. The Sportback body followed the sedan and has been available for all variants except the Aspire.
In July 2008, the Lancer Evolution X (officially just "Lancer Evolution", at the time) became available for orders in Australia.
In September 2008, another variant, the Aspire, was introduced. The Aspire was based on the 2009 model VRX, which had a new 4B12 2.4-litre engine. The Aspire included more luxury features and only came with CVT, whereas the VRX maintained a manual gearbox option.
In late 2008, the
In 2010, the limited edition ACTiV was added to the lineup. The ACTiV was based on the ES and added features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, side skirts, rear spoiler, hands-free Bluetooth and multi-function leather steering wheel.
Various special models have also been introduced, such as the Platinum Edition, which is based on the VR but added a chrome grille, window surrounds (sedan only), MMCS satellite navigation and Bluetooth. The RX version is derived from the ES but comes with standard alloy wheels. Another model introduced in 2010 was the SX coming with factory alloys, leather steering wheel and gear shifter as well as factory spoiler.
From model year 2013 onward (introduced in late 2012), the Aspire was dropped. Europe
In Europe, a diesel model has been available also, with the 2.0-liter 103 kW (138 hp) engine sourced from Volkswagen . From September 2010, it is also available with Mitsubishi's own developed 1.8- liter 4N1 engine. This engine has an aluminum cylinder block , four valves per cylinder and a common rail injection system with variable geometry turbocharger and variable valve timing . It develops 85 kW (116 PS; 114 bhp) and 300 N·m (221 lb·ft).
In Ireland, the specifications are different from those of models
sold in the United Kingdom. The Lancer is available in five-door
hatchback (Sportback) or four-door sedan body styles. Engines are the
1.5- and 1.8-liter petrols and the 2.0-liter diesel—all available in
the United Kingdom until 2012. Trim levels are GS2, GS3, and GS4 for
the saloon, and GS2, GS3, and Juro (satellite navigation and rear-view
camera) for the Sportback. The Sportsback Juro model marked a
temporary end to the line in the UK and was the most generously
For the United States, the new Lancer was initially available in DE, ES, and GTS trim levels. DE, ES, and GTS models are powered by a GEMA based 4B11 , 2.0-liter DOHC engine producing 152 hp (113 kW) (except for California models which have been detuned to 143 hp (107 kW) to meet regulations). Transmission options include a brand new F1CJA continuously variable transmission (CVT), sourced from Jatco , alongside a regular F5MBB five-speed manual sourced from Aisin Seiki . GTS models get a six-speed paddle shift version of the CVT.
In Canada, a fourth model (SE) was introduced to the Lancer lineup. The SE model is a cross between the ES and GTS models. Features not included in the SE model that are found in the GTS are the FAST key, automatic climate control, carbon-fiber trim pieces, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and 18-inch wheels.
For US markets, starting with the 2009 model year, an ES Sport version was released similar to the SE model for the Canadian market. Externally the ES Sport is similar in appearance to the GTS—with side skirts, rear spoiler, etc. (with the exception of the wheels, the ES Sport retains the ES wheelset). The ES Sport also uses the 2.0-liter engine.
For 2009, the GTS is powered by a 2.4-liter 4B12 engine producing 168 hp (125 kW) and 167 lb·ft (226 N·m).
For 2012, A new trim level called SE was added. The SE model features
the 2.4-liter 4B12 engine and Mitsubishi's all-wheel drive system. The
SE is only available with a CVT transmission. For 2013, another trim
level called GT was added. Based on the all-wheel drive SE trim level,
excluding the all-wheel control system, the GT features sportier
suspension, upmarket options, and an available manual transmission.
The five-door hatchback version, known as the Sportback, was introduced for the Canadian market in spring 2009, and in the US for the 2010 model year in mid-2009.,
A detuned and cheaper version of the Evolution X was announced at the 2008 North American International Auto Show . This model became available for purchase in the United States in October 2008.
For 2009, the
To differentiate it from the previous model, still on sale, this model is marketed as "Lancer Serie R" in Chile. For the same reason, in El Salvador, depending on the engine and trim, this series is titled "Lancer EX" or "Lancer GT".
In Brazil, Lancer has been officially sold by Mitsubishi Motors since 2007, and since 2015 is produced in Catalão Mitsubishi's factory. It is sold in four versions: MT, HL, HLE and GT. All versions come with the 2.0-liter 4B11 l4 engine (gasoline). The Lancer Sportback was sold until 2013 in a single version, signed by Ralliart, and the Lancer Evolution X is also sold, although not produced locally.
In October 2015, Mitsubishi released details of the model year 2016 Lancer facelift for North America. The MY16 update was announced and released for Australia in December 2015. It sports a mildly altered front and does without the Ralliart-style grille of the MY15 version, now with a cleaner front bumper with integrated chrome upper and lower grilles. New LED daytime running lamps , foglights and side skirts complete the exterior changes, while the cabin gains a high-contrast instrument cluster, a new front centre console with silver and black accents, and a new colour touchscreen audio system with DAB digital radio.
Mitsubishi Motors North America’s executive vice president and CEO, Don Swearingen, confirmed in January 2017 that Mitsubishi would end the Lancer’s production in August 2017, without a successor. Mitsubishi’s main focus was to be on crossovers and SUVs. However, production of the Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 sedan will continue due to ongoing popular demand for the Mirage nameplate in the North American market.
LANCER FORTIS / LANCER IO
2007–2013 Lancer Fortis (grey) 2008–2011 Lancer iO (white)
The Lancer Fortis and Lancer iO are derivatives of the global Lancer
model. Both models were developed primarily for the Taiwanese market,
historically a stronghold for Mitsubishi vehicles. The Lancer Fortis
and iO are locally assembled in
The Lancer Fortis made its debut in
In April 2008, Mitsubishi launched the Lancer iO in Taiwan. The iO was pitched as a sportier version of the Lancer Fortis, featuring a more aggressive front grille and bumper combination. In February 2012, Mitsubishi discontinued the Fortis-based iO, and launched the global Lancer locally under the iO nameplate. The Taiwanese colloquial term for the 2012 Lancer iO and the global Lancer is 'shark head' (鯊魚頭). 2011–2014 Lancer Fortis (China)
The Lancer Fortis made its Chinese debut at the 2013 Shanghai Motor
Show. The Chinese market Lancer Fortis features a different front
grille and bumper design in addition to other minor cosmetic changes.
The base models are powered by the 113 hp (84 kW), 1.6-litre 4A92
engine, and the range topping variants received the 1.8-litre 4B10.
The Lancer Fortis in
The Taiwanese market Lancer Fortis and iO were simultaneously facelifted in May 2014. The design of the front grille and bumper combination on both models became more aggressive, while the Fortis adopted the 'shark head' design and the headlamps from the global Lancer. The rear lamps on both models were also revised, and the interior designs received minor cosmetic enhancements. The powerplant configuration for both models were refined for better fuel efficiency, but were otherwise largely unchanged. The Chinese market Lancer EX was later updated in line with the Lancer iO design.
Mitsubishi Grand Lancer (Taiwan)
BODY AND CHASSIS
BODY STYLE 4-door sedan
LAYOUT Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
PLATFORM Mitsubishi GS platform
ENGINE 1.8 L 4J10 I4 SOHC (gasoline)
WHEELBASE 2,635 mm (103.7 in)
LENGTH 4,615 mm (181.7 in)
WIDTH 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
HEIGHT 1,490 mm (58.7 in)
CURB WEIGHT 1,230–1,415 kg (2,712–3,120 lb)
In January 2017,
Mitsubishi Motors agreed to continue the Lancer
nameplate in Chinese markets including
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