New Mitsubishi Lancer shines

A two-time winner of the World Rally Championship, the Lancer is one of the most recognisable and popular vehicles in the Mitsubishi range with over 6,000 sold in Ireland since launch.

A two-time winner of the World Rally Championship, the Lancer is one of the most recognisable and popular vehicles in the Mitsubishi range with over 6,000 sold in Ireland since launch.

The addition to the range of the new 6-speed 1.8L common rail direct injection diesel engine with €156 annual road tax will only help to increase the popularity of this iconic vehicle.

One highly equipped model will add to its appeal – it comes with over forty safety, styling and comfort features as standard including 16” alloy wheels, blue tooth phone connectivity with voice recognition, cruise control, multi function leather steering wheel and air conditioning.

Built to secure a 5 star EURO NCAP safety rating, the Lancer also comes with nine airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees, as well as active stability control, electronic traction control and an emergency stop signal system.

The 1.8L diesel is priced at €22,995 with €156 annual road tax (Tax Band B) and fuel economy of 5.3L/100km (53MPG).

Built in Japan on Mitsubishi’s global platform, the new Lancer Diesel will compete in the highly competitive C Segment.

DESIGN

Taut and sharp, the Lancer again presents the new sharp visual identity for the brand, dubbed the “Jet Fighter grille”. Inspired by jet fighter intakes, this road-hugging grille is further distinguished by its “shark nose”.

The Lancer saloon is designed to be as distinctive from the rear as from the front. To unify the design theme the solid structure of the side shoulder sweeps from the headlamps all the way back into the rear to frame the high-mounted lamp clusters.

The sculptured tail accentuates the car’s sporty shape, whilst the V-shaped character lines below the tail lamps add to the trunk lid design. From a front three-quarter view, the rear overhang is visually shortened by a chiselled, tapering rear bumper side surface.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Characterised by clean and crisp surfaces, free of gimmicks and marked by careful attention to details, everything is within easy and intuitive reach in the cabin of the Lancer.

As a focal point, the dashboard swells into the interior like a bow to meet both functionality and space requirements. The apex of the dashboard, where the most frequently used controls are located, is slightly offset towards the driver and from there it trails away to either side increasing the space between it and front occupants.

Rules of perspective help the cabin look roomier: the bottom edge of the dashboard is thickest at the apex and then tapers upward towards the sides. Along those lines, the very clean trim accent visually widens the interior.

SAFETY

The Lancer has one of the most comprehensive safety packages in the segment, including 9 airbags:

2 advanced dual front airbags for the driver and front passenger with occupant sensors - their inflation pressure is controlled to match the severity of the impact;

2 standard front seat-mounted side-impact airbags;

4 side curtain airbags;

1 driver’s knee airbag deploying in the initial stage of an impact to protect the lower limbs.

Other passive safety features include:

3-point ELR seatbelts in all seats;

Front seatbelt fitted with pre-tensioners that take up any slack in the shoulder belt when they detect a strong impact to better secure the occupant in a frontal crash.

Force limiters that slacken the belt and absorb the load acting on the occupant and thereby reduce impact force acting on the chest.

The door pillars and side roof use energy-absorbing trim that reduces impact loads on an occupant’s head in case of a crash.

For optimum pedestrian protection, the front bumper, bonnet, fenders and cowling all employ impact energy absorbing structures. These elements provide an effective crumpling zone without affecting the strength or flexibility of the body. The internal structure of the front bumper is designed to provide an energy-absorbing zone, while the placement of appropriate material and a lower bumper beam reduces pedestrian leg injury.

The Lancer also employs Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) uni-body that brings dramatic advances in multi-directional impact safety performance. As a fundamental starting point, this proprietary design disperses energy loads during side and rear impacts and controls distortion, enhancing occupant protection and also helping to protect the fuel system during a rear impact.

The use of side members with a crumple box structure at their forward end minimizes damage in the event of a low-speed frontal impact.

Body rigidity has also been increased through the use of an “Occupant cell ring reinforcement structure” that places reinforcements around all side opening and minimizes deformation in a side impact.

1.8L CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE

The Lancer features the brand new all-aluminum DOHC 16v 4-cylinder Common rail direct injection “low impact” Euro 5 Diesel engine, jointly developed by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

This 6-speed 1.8L engine features innovative technologies including a new variable geometry turbocharger and high-efficiency combustion characteristics. The highlight of this technology is Mitsubishi’s proprietary MIVEC variable valve timing system, a world first for a passenger car Diesel engine.