Mitsubishi Lancer Review
Watch Out Verna and VentoThursday, September 12, 2013
Mitsubishi Motors is a Japanese automobile manufacturer founded on April 22, 1970 with headquarters in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. During 2011, it was the sixth biggest automobile manufacturer in Japan and the sixteenth biggest manufacturer worldwide. The company started the production of Lancer in 1973 and it was sold under different names worldwide. From its introduction in 1973, over six million vehicles have been sold till 2008. In India Mitsubishi Motors has a joint venture with Hindustan Motors since 1998. The plant is located in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu that mainly makes the out-dated models wounded up by Mitsubishi elsewhere.
Mitsubishi is soon expected to launch the next generation Lancer in India. This new Lancer will be available in diesel engine as well as petrol engine. The 2.0-liter MIVEC( Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control System) engine will be making 1998cc of displacement. The power generated by this petrol engine will be 152 bhp at 6000 rpm and the maximum torque produced will be 199 Nm at 4250 rpm. This engine will be having MPI (multi point fuel injection) system and 16-valves in DOHC (Direct Over Head Camshaft) configuration.
The diesel engine of new Lancer will be making 1968cc of displacement. The power generated by this engine will be 140 bhp at 4000 rpm and the torque thus produced will be 310 Nm at 1750 rpm. The dimensions of this sedan will be 4570mm in length, 1760mm in width 1490mm in height and minimum ground clearance of 147mm. The front suspension will be McPherson strut while the rear suspension will be multi-link shock absorber. The electronically distributed brakes will be planted in the new Lancer with Ventilated disc brake in front and drum brake in the rear tires. It will be having 5-speed, continuous variable, manual transmission. This Lancer will be equipped rack and pinion type steering wheel that will be hydraulic power assisted. It will be equipped with automatic climate control air conditioner with rear AC ducts and heating option. There will be two 12V power outlets for charging of mobile phones or laptops. It is expected that the average mileage of new Lancer will be 12kmpl (on highways) and 10kmpl (in city). The kerb weight of Lancer Diesel will be 1450kg whereas the weight of Lancer petrol will be 1325kg.
For the purpose of entertainment, it will be equipped with dash integrated music system that will be supporting CDs, MP3, AM/FM played over four speakers and option for Aux-in & USB. The steering wheel will be having mounted controls of music player. The trunk and boot lid will be having remote control from inside the sedan. All the windows of new Lancer will be electrically powered and the front windows will be having auto up/down feature. The security systems installed on the new Lancer will be dual front air bags, parking sensors, traction control, EBD with ABS, engine immobilizer, ELR seat belts, anti-theft alarm system, child safety door locks and tire pressure monitoring system. The instrument cluster will be having multi-information display LCD, trip meter, odometer, average fuel consumption, distance to empty, service reminder and low fuel warning lamp. The cabin and the trunk both will be provided with light for convenience. This new Lancer will be feature rich and will give a tough competition to its rival in the same segment. For better view in dark or while driving in the night, the new Lancer will be having HID headlamps with follow me home feature. The front grille will be broadened so as to increase the air intake for cooling. This new sedan might also be having 18-inch alloy wheels. The expected ex-showroom price of this Lancer is around 10 lakh to 11 lakh, depending upon choice of engine.