Mitsubishi drops prices amid spec and model revisions across Lancer and Evolution lineup.
The Mitsubishi Lancer has been treated to yet another refresh for 2015, with sharpened pricing, features and model grades to help the now seven year old CJ generation compete with newer rivals like the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla in the competitive small car segment.
The Lancer’s price of entry has fallen to $18,990 for the ES Sport manual, which can be identified by new two-tone 10-spoke 16 inch alloys, Ralliart cloth seat trim and contrasting stitching, along with a new leather look to the centre console trim.
All 2015 Lancers have had their side indicators relocated to the door mirrors, plus new door trims and an emergency stop signal function added.
The Lancer LS replaces the previous LX as the Lancer’s mid-spec sedan model, and starts $2000 less than its predecessor at $20,990. The LS also gains new design 10-spoke 16-inch alloys.
Lancer GSR Sportback that was added to the range in April now starts $1000 cheaper at $21,990, and is otherwise unchanged aside for the addition of Ralliart cloth seat trim with contrasting stitching.
The Lancer XLS sedan replaces the previous VRX model, and starts a significant $3500 less at $26,490.
The Lancer Ralliart performance sedan has been reduced by $2000 to $37,990, sneaking beneath the new Subaru WRX’s starting price of $38,990, and also gains contrast stitching for its sports seats and cloth trim.
The red-hot Lancer Evolution X has seen the greatest price drop of all however, with both the five-speed manual and dual-clutch SST MR auto variants dropping $7000 to $52,990 and $58,990 respectively.
A CVT auto continues to be available on all grades below Ralliart and Evolution, and is now $250 cheaper at $2000.
The 2015 Lancer is unchanged mechanically, with the ES Sport and LS models using the 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine. Combined fuel consumption is also unchanged at 6.9L/100km with the five-speed manual, and 7.2L/100km with the CVT auto.
The GSR and XLS models continue with the 125kW/226Nm 2.4-litre petrol engine, with five-speed manual/CVT combined fuel figures of 8.7/8.5L/100km for the XLS respectively, and the heavier GSR hatch at 8.8/8.9L/100km.
The Lancer Ralliart continues with the 177kW/343Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and five-speed manual as its sole transmission, and carries a 9.6L/100km combined fuel figure.
The Lancer Evolution’s 217kW/366Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre is also unchanged, along with combined fuel figures of 10.2L/100km with the five-speed manual, and 10.1L/100km with the six-speed dual-clutch SST auto.
All Lancer variants continue with a maximum five star ANCAP safety rating, with dual front, side and curtain and driver’s knee airbags, plus stability and traction control and are backed by Mitsubishi’s five-year/100,000km warranty.