While the latest Evo X steals the headlines, the accepted Lancer is the absolute surprise. As able-bodied as actuality a abundant ancestors car, it shares the aforementioned able administration and agog dynamics of its high-performance brother, and the economical 2.0-litre agent agent adds to the appeal. The Mitsubishi is a big advance over its predecessor, and offers a genuine, absorbing another to boilerplate ancestors cars.
Living in the shadow of a added acknowledged brother is not abundant fun – as antagonism disciplinarian Ralf Schumacher knows.
The antecedent Mitsubishi Lancer suffered a agnate problem. While the turbocharged four-wheel-drive Evo alternative enjoyed a biased following, the accepted car achromatic into the background. However, the Japanese close affairs to change that by ensuring its latest Lancer has a afterpiece affiliation with the added able flagship.
That is anon credible from the newcomer’s looks – there’s abundant added accord amid the two variants. The Lancer shares the advancing administration of its illustrious stablemate, and abounding of the adventurous details, too.
All models appear with beautiful admixture auto and a rear spoiler, forth with the distinctive grille. We collection the four-door saloon version, although a five-door bear – badged the Sportback – will additionally be accessible from the summer. This will anatomy the base for a 240bhp Ralliart hot bear appropriate copy due after in the year.
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Until then, agent choices comprise a 1.8-litre petrol and a Volkswagen-sourced 2.0-litre agent – and it’s the closing which absolutely impresses.
The aforementioned assemblage is acclimated in Mitsubishi’s Grandis and Outlander, so it’s not the newest agent around. But it packs a able bite and gives the Lancer appropriate pace. Due to accomplished babble insulation, it’s quiet on the move and the accepted bugbears about agent ballyhoo and a abridgement of clarification aren’t applicative here.
The oil-burner is akin to a six-speed manual that’s abundant to use, acknowledgment to a abbreviate and absolute shift. It’s not the aforementioned gearbox as in the Evo, which gets a five-speed unit, but it’s every bit as slick. Engineers accept acutely approved adamantine to accord the Lancer a adventurous feel from abaft the wheel, and the after-effects are impressive. On agee B-roads, the able-bodied counterbalanced anatomy and active attributes accomplish it fun.
It’s sure-footed, and there’s affluence of grip, while anatomy cycle is kept in analysis through the bends. The accommodation is a rather close ride, although it’s far from crashy, and deals with asperous surfaces abundantly enough.
Big improvements accept been fabricated to the cabin. Build affection is good, if not absolutely up to class-leading standards, while the controls are simple, attractive and able-bodied organised.
There’s appropriate allowance inside, abnormally for rear passengers. But what will absolutely address are the aggressive prices and acceptable equipment. When the five-door archetypal arrives, it will alpha at £12,499 for the 1.5, while the agent costs from £15,499.
RIVAL: Volvo S40 2.0DThis was one of the cars that Mitsubishi acclimated as a criterion for its new model. The S40 has the bend on quality, but can’t attempt with the Lancer’s acceptable kit.