2012 Mitsubishi Lancer | new car review

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 by

The Lancer is a vehicle available in many different flavours. Both the eight-generation and the ninth-generation Lancers are on sale in the Middle East as well as the bonkers Evolution version based on the latest generation.

The Lancer range starts with one the most basic sedans available, evolves a generation and then finishes with the fire-breathing Evolution X.

The common-or-garden Lancer is an aging model that traces its roots back 10 years. You’ll have seen plenty of them on local roads as hire cars, because it’s cheap and basic, with few mod cons. That’s the reason why it continues to sell here despite the fact that a new generation Lancer is also now available.

That version is known as the Lancer EX and has much-sharpened looks, improved build quality and much more equipment.

The basic Lancer is available in GL and GLX trims. The former features four wheels, a steering wheel and not much else, powered by a 1.3-litre, 90bhp engine. Upgrade to GLX and you get a 122bhp 1.6-litre engine but still not much in terms of features. Both come with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer EX

The Lancer EX was introduced as a 2008 model and starts with the 1.5-litre GLS model – keyless entry and 16-inch steel wheels being the key facts. Above that is the 2.0-litre, 155bhp range, starting with the GLX, which comes with a driver’s airbag, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. The GLS adds a sunroof and alloy wheels while the GT comes with power seats in the front and a sporty look.

Not as sporty as the Evolution X though. Commonly known as the Evo, this is rally-derived sports sedan with a high-tech all-wheel drive system and a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 295bhp. Bucket seats and leather are secondary to the raft of electronic wizardry that promise to tackle all sorts of terrain and corners at very high speeds.

Specifications

Price:

Lancer: AED 40,000 – AED 60,000
Lancer EX: AED 55,000 – AED 70,000
Lancer EVO: AED 150,000 – AED 180,000

Engines

Lancer

1.3-litre inline-4
Max power: 81bhp
Max torque: 120Nm

1.6-litre inline-4
Max power:97bhp
Max torque: 138Nm

Lancer EX

1.5-litre inline-4
Max power: 105bhp
Max torque: 145Nm

2-litre inline-4
Max power:
152bhp
Max torque: 198Nm

Lancer EVO

2-litre inline-4
Max power:
291bhp
Max torque: 366Nm

Transmission

Lancer
4-speed automatic
5-speed manual

Lancer EX
5-speed automatic (Lancer EX)
CVT

Lancer Evolution
6-speed automatic
5-speed manual

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