Mitsubishi had announced to discontinue its popular Lancer sedan few months ago but the car still remains extremely popular among the people of China. While western markets will see the Lancer getting discontinued in 2017, in the east the car has been given a thorough revamp & will be called as ‘Grand Lancer’.
The Grand Lancer features distinctive new look, with a chrome lined front-end that’s reminiscent of the latest Mitsubishi Outlander, as well as optional automatic LED headlights. Along the sides, there are more dynamic character lines that frame the new faux fender vents, while the belt-line now has an upward kink towards the rear.
At the rear, the Grand Lancer gains new tail lights, a number plate recess that has moved up into the boot-lid and a more aggressive bumper design. New two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels have also been added to the top-of-the-line trim.
The interior has also been given a significant makeover, with a new dashboard similar in design to the Mitsubishi Triton. Big additions include a new 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation and digital TV, as well as a customizable Smart Dashboard digital instrument cluster. There is also a dual-zone automatic climate control for the top variant.
All models are powered by a 1.8 liter SOHC MIVEC naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 140 PS and 176 Nm, sent to the front wheels via INVECS-III CVT. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 15.7 km per liter. Under the skin, the Grand Lancer has been given improvements in terms of noise vibration and harshness on all but the base model. Safety-wise, all variants come standard with ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill-start assist, ISOFIX rear child seat anchors and up to six airbags.
Lancers have a very strong demand in that region, whether or not Mitsubishi will introduce this iteration to other Asian markets is yet unknown.