Mitsubishi has just announced the 2011 upgrades and pricing for their ever-popular Mitsubishi Lancer hatch and sedan range.
Perhaps the highlight for Lancer fans is a whole new model … the SX … designed to sit between the entry-level ES and the more expensive VR variant. There have also been a number of changes to interior and exterior specifications across the Lancer range.
Safety enhancements across the range include updated brake assist system and an improved power window safety system.
All variants in the Lancer range now feature ASTC as well as ABS, EBD and BA. A total of seven airbags is standard on all Mitsubishi Lancers, providing a five-star ANCAP safety rating – all models receive SRS driver and passenger airbags, driver knee airbag and side and curtain airbags as standard.
Creature comforts within the cabin have also been upgraded with the fitment of an improved sound insulation system, USB port, colour LCD display and welcome lights on all variants.
Bluetooth 2.0 is offered as standard with the VR, VRX and Ralliart models and i-Pod cables are offered on all variants when coupled with MMCS (an intergrated media and communications system).
The new SX model sits comfortably between the ES and the VR variants with a number of specification changes above the ES. Leather steering wheel with audio controls, rear spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheels are standard on the SX with the full range of Mitsubishi paint colours available and the stylish addition of unique SX badging.
The Lancer SX, ES and VR receive the 2.0-litre dual overhead cam MIVEC four-cylinder engine which delivers 113kW of power @ 6000 rpm and 198 Nm of torque at 4250 rpm.
VRX variants and the Aspire sedan receive the 2.4-litre engine, which generates 125 kW of power @ 6,000 rpm and 226 Nm of torque @ 4,100 rpm.
Lancer Ralliart variants feature the Lancer Evolution’s inter-cooled and turbo-charged 2.0-litre MIVEC engine, unchanged from the previous model, which delivers 177kW @ 6,000rpm and 343 Nm of torque @ 2500 – 4,750 rpm.
The Lancer SX, ES, VR, VRX and Aspire are available now at over 200 Mitsubishi dealerships Australia-wide while the Ralliart is only available from specialized dealerships.
And the bottom line? Lancer fans will already know that the Mitsubishi Lancer has one of the widest range of prices for any model anywhere. So if you’re not a Mitsubishi Lancer fan don’t be surprised when I tell you that prices for the entry-level Lancer ES Sedan and Sportback 2.0-litre manual start at $21,490 (plus dealer and statutory charges) and $22,490 (plus dealer and statutory charges) for the Lancer SX Sedan and Sportback.
Prices peak at $74,390 (plus dealer and statutory charges) for the 2.0-litre MR TC-SST Lancer Evolution
And then of course there are options that will cost even more.