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Mitsubishi Lancer Australia

It may be hard to imagine, but the first-generation Mitsubishi Lancer debuted in Australia in 1981. Taking a hiatus in the early ’80s to make way for the Mitsubishi Colt, the Lancer returned in 1989 and remained on sale until 2019.

The basic layout didn’t change over its lifetime, offering a small, front-wheel-drive four-door. Special all-wheel-drive, rally-bred editions known as the ‘Evolution’ were a fixture of performance circles for 25 years. Available as a sedan and hatchback, the final Lancer was offered with a choice of 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre engines and manual gearbox or constantly variable automatic transmission.

Current prices range from $11,600 to $20,900 for the Lancer ES Sport and Lancer GSR Sportback.

Mitsubishi Lancer Colours

  • Warm Silver
  • Lightning Blue
  • Red
  • Titanium Grey
  • Sterling Silver
  • White
  • Black
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Mitsubishi Lancer 2019.

Mitsubishi Lancer Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mitsubishi Lancer varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $11,600 and going to $20,900 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2019 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,600 $20,900
2019 Hatchback 2.4L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $13,500 $20,900
2018 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,000 $19,690
2018 Hatchback 2.4L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $12,800 $19,690
2017 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $10,100 $18,700
2017 Hatchback 2.4L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $12,200 $18,700
2016 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $9,400 $45,430
2016 Hatchback 2.4L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,100 $17,380
2015 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $8,100 $41,910
2015 Hatchback 2.4L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $9,600 $15,840
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Mitsubishi Lancer Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mitsubishi Lancer here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Why is my 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer jumping out of gear?

    It could be that the gearbox linkages are poorly adjusted, meaning that the gearbox is not fully selecting fifth gear, allowing it to jump into neutral. But it could also be that the selectors themselves are worn or that there’s internal wear inside the transmission that is allowing the gearbox to leap from fifth to neutral all on its own. Either way, it’s a problem that could lead to a range of potentially dangerous situations, so it needs further investigation.

    It’s probably worth mentioning that a batch of five-speed manual Lancers made between May and June 2014 were recalled to fix a problem with the gear selectors which could see them suffer gear-selection problems with reverse and fifth gear. Your car, as a 2011 model, shouldn’t be affected by that, but it does seem a bit of a coincidence.

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  • How do you access the plenum chamber drain in a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer?

    The first sign of a blocked drainage system in a car is usually wet carpets. This, however, is not necessarily the result of a blocked plenum drain, as there are other causes including a blocked air-conditioning drain, a poor door or window seal and even a hole in the firewall between the engine bay and the passenger compartment.

    In the case of a simple hole in the firewall, the solution is usually a rubber grommet which will cost a few cents and will sort things. For other leaks, however, you need to take the time to learn where the drain tubes live and ensure that they’re clear and free of mud or dust that could be blocking them, causing them to overflow into the cabin.

    The other possibility is that the leak into the car is being caused by a faulty heater core which is allowing the engine’s coolant to escape. That’s a bigger fix as it usually involves removing the dashboard to access the heater core which then needs to be replaced. But if you’re lucky and it’s a simple blocked drain pipe, the drain holes for both the plenum and the air-conditioning drain should be visible on the firewall, below the windscreen. Undoing them and clearing them would be the first step to curing the problem.

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  • Does my 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan run a timing belt or a timing chain?

    Your Lancer uses a timing belt which is made from a rubber compound and drives the camshaft. This makes for a cheaper engine to build and potentially quieter running, but it also means that the belt has to be changed periodically to prevent it snapping in service.

    Mitsubishi recommends a belt-change interval of 100,000km. The advice of most mechanics it to replace the water pump at the same time since this part of the engine will be apart to change the belt anyway. It’s a lot cheaper to do both things at once, rather than open the engine a second time to change a water pump at a later date.

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  • What can I do about the metallic red paint on my 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer peeling?

    I’ve certainly heard of metallic paint on Mitsubishi Lancers peeling from the clear coat before, but it’s hardly a Mitsubishi-specific problem. Many car-makers had trouble (and some of them still struggle) to get clear-over-base paint finishes to work with Australian levels of UV radiation. Strangely enough, Australian car-makers have been some of the worst offenders over the years. The problem is that once the top, clear coat has begun to discolour and peel, the lower, colour cat is usually compromised beyond salvation as well. Repainting either the entire car or the horizontal surfaces (which cop the most UV grief) is the only real long-term solution.

    I’d be very surprised if any car-maker came to the rescue with a paint-finish warranty claim after a decade, but it certainly can’t hurt to ask Mitsubishi Australia’s customer service department at head office. In any case, getting any sort of help with this will depend on how the vehicle has been maintained, where it’s been parked and whether any aftermarket paint treatments were ever applied. Largely, however, this type of paint degradation is regarded as normal wear and tear.

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Mitsubishi Lancer Fuel Consumption

The Mitsubishi Lancer is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 8.9L/100km for Hatchback /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2019 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 2.4L ULP 5 SP MAN
2019 Sedan 6.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 2.4L ULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Sedan 6.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 2.4L ULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Sedan 6.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 5 SP MAN
2016 Hatchback 8.8L/100km 2.4L ULP 5 SP MAN
2016 Sedan 6.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 5 SP MAN
2016 Sedan 10.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 5 SP MAN
2015 Hatchback 8.8L/100km 2.4L ULP 5 SP MAN
2015 Sedan 6.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 5 SP MAN
2015 Sedan 9.6L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP
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Mitsubishi Lancer Wheel Size

The Mitsubishi Lancer has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x60 R16 for Sedan in 2019 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2019 Sedan 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Hatchback 215x45 R18 18x7 inches 215x45 R18 18x7 inches
2018 Sedan 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 215x45 R18 18x7 inches 215x45 R18 18x7 inches
2017 Sedan 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 215x45 R18 18x7 inches 215x45 R18 18x7 inches
2016 Sedan 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2016 Hatchback 215x45 R18 18x7 inches 215x45 R18 18x7 inches
2015 Sedan 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2015 Hatchback 215x45 R18 18x7 inches 215x45 R18 18x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mitsubishi Lancer Wheel Sizes

Mitsubishi Lancer Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan and Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2019 Sedan 1490x1760x4570 mm 150 mm
2019 Hatchback 1515x1760x4585 mm 123 mm
2018 Sedan 1490x1760x4570 mm 150 mm
2018 Hatchback 1515x1760x4585 mm 123 mm
2017 Sedan 1490x1760x4570 mm 150 mm
2017 Hatchback 1515x1760x4585 mm 123 mm
2016 Sedan 1490x1760x4570 mm 150 mm
2016 Hatchback 1515x1760x4585 mm 123 mm
2015 Sedan 1490x1760x4570 mm 150 mm
2015 Hatchback 1515x1760x4585 mm 123 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mitsubishi Lancer Dimensions

Mitsubishi Lancer Seats

The following Mitsubishi Lancer is available with five seats. The GLS and GT variants come with Geometric pattern fabric, while the GLX variant is available with Black fabric knit.

Mitsubishi Lancer Seats
Shown above are seat details for the Mitsubishi Lancer 2019.

Mitsubishi Lancer Towing Capacity

The Mitsubishi Lancer has maximum towing capacity of 1000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2019 Hatchback 1000kg 1000kg
2019 Sedan 1000kg 1000kg
2018 Hatchback 1000kg 1000kg
2018 Sedan 1000kg 1000kg
2017 Hatchback 1000kg 1000kg
2017 Sedan 1000kg 1000kg
2016 Sedan 0kg 1000kg
2016 Hatchback 1000kg 1000kg
2015 Sedan 0kg 1000kg
2015 Hatchback 1000kg 1000kg
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