Mitsubishi announces a “new” 2016 Lancer, and it’s really anything but

Believe it or not folks, the Mitsubishi Lancer is still with us, in its current form, which has been around since the beginning of time.

Actually, it’s been around since 2007, so that means it’s nearing almost nine years old, so in terms of the life expectancy of your average mainstream car generation, that certainly feels like since the beginning of time.

What it actually is, in my opinion, is proof that Mitsubishi is pretty much on their way to the grave.

Ok, despite this, the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer is indeed somewhat new, featuring upgraded aesthetics and some new kit. So, what’s new?

Well, the exterior as previously said gets some minor tweaks, which means a revised front-end, new wheels, new taillights and a new rear fascia. The obviously would be sleeker headlights, a front bumper with new daytime running lights, and more streamlined bodywork, which somehow keeps the Lancer from really looking aged to the unassuming pair of eyes. At least that works in their favor.

Along with the updated looks comes updated kit, such as standard all-wheel drive for the SE trim level, heated front seats, a rear-view camera, and HD radio as standard. The SEL adds leather seats, rain-sensing wipers, automatic on/off headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, and more. There’s also the GT trim, dubbed the “more fun-to-drive” model with sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, and 18-inch wheels with some body appointments such as standard sunroof and rear-spoiler.

Power offerings however remain to be unchanged, with a 2.0L naturally-aspirated four with 148hp and 145 lb-ft of twist, a 2.4L naturally-aspirated four with 168hp and 167 lb-ft, and the top-spec motor, short of the Evolution, is the Ralliart 2.0L turbo with 237hp and 253 lb-ft.

All are mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT, while the Ralliart’s automatic is a six-speed dual-clutch box.



  • The 2016 Lancer showcases a new design while boasting enhanced features and technology
  • With a starting MSRP of $17,595, the ES trim marks the most comprehensive standard equipment package ever included on an entry-level Lancer


Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced the fun-to-drive 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer, featuring a new design and a standard features list more impressive than before. With a starting MSRP of $17,595, the Lancer is strongly positioned as a value leader in the compact sedan segment.

“The 2016 Lancer not only looks good with its updated styling, but it drives and performs at a level well beyond its value-oriented price point,” said MMNA executive vice president, Don Swearingen. “The new 2016 Lancer builds upon the legacy of challenging what a compact car can be in terms of design, technology and performance, all at an affordable price.”

Beyond its new design, the 2016 Lancer boasts an updated list of standard features at the ES trim level such as FUSE Hands-free Link System®, automatic air condition climate control, fog lights, alloy wheels and new LED daytime running lights, further enhancing the compact sedan’s value story. The SE trim level features all-wheel control, heated front seats, rearview camera and display audio with HD radio, while the new SEL trim level adds leather seats, rain sensing wipers with auto on/off headlights, auto-dimming mirror and more. The GT trim level is even more fun-to-drive with sport-tuned suspension, larger disc brakes, 18 inch two-tone alloy wheels, sunroof and rear spoiler, and is available as a 5-speed manual or with the new generation CVT8. Sportronic Steering wheel paddle shifters are available for the GT trim.

Other additions for the 2016 Lancer include new seat fabrics, a newly designed center console with built-in USB port, and two new colors—Diamond White Pearl and Alloy Silver. Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control system is now more readily available at the lower ES trim level, and a new generation CVT8 transmission improves performance and fuel economy.

Known for its commitment to safety, the Mitsubishi Lancer has been named an IIHS “Top Safety Pick” for seven years running in 2015, and continues its record of excellence with a comprehensive list of safety features/technologies in each Lancer model, such as Mitsubishi Motors advanced Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety body construction system. Additional piece of mind is offered by the brand’s industry-leading warranty that includes a fully transferable 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty; 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; 7-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty and a 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance.

– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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