Mitsubishi Lancer

The Mitsubishi Lancer has a long history dating back to its introduction in 1973. At this time, it was sold internationally under various names through cross-licensing agreements with other vehicle manufacturers. However, it is still globally known as the Mitsubishi Lancer, even in the domestic Japanese market, where it is sold as the Galant Fortis.

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Mitsubishi Lancer Origins

The Mitsubishi Lancer was released as a two-door coupe and as a four-door sedan. There was also a brief appearance of the wagon style Lancer/Mirage hatchback in 1984 and again in the mid-1990s. These three main body styles remain in production today. It grew to become one of Mitsubishi’s most popular cars since its introduction, selling over six million units worldwide.

About the Mitsubishi Lancer

The Mitsubishi Lancer had an original purpose of serving the midsize family car market. It later went on to achieve a long and successful career competing on the international rally circuit. This reputation gave birth to the Ralliart models that were made available in many countries as an alternative to the high-performance Evolution model.

Aside from its success in the rally circuit, many other factors contributed to the Mitsubishi Lancer’s popularity. Not only were the two-door versions well-received amongst young buyers, but its relative affordability and value were also some of the main reasons why the Mitsubishi Lancer experienced great success across all markets.

Due to its ongoing popularity, a huge demand for aftermarket products led previous models to maintain a decent resale value. Many performance enthusiasts choose to upgrade the Lancer’s mechanical aspects such as the exhaust, make engine swaps from previous turbo GSR models, and even design body modifications to achieve the appearance of the Lancer Evolution model. The Lancer Evolution, or the ""Evo,"" is priced outside many people’s budgets and is reserved mainly for the high-performance sports car market.

Mitsubishi Lancer Features

The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer offers a new midrange trim: the SE model, which offers some optional features such as a rear view camera and soft-touch front door panels. This sub model also comes with other interior and exterior accents to improve styling from the DE and ES base models. Other variants of the 2012 Lancer include the GT and Ralliart releases. The DE base model comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full-power accessories, automatic headlights, and a four-speaker CD player system. The ES model features the same interior offerings and additional exterior chrome accents, as well as some luxuries like air-conditioning, cruise control, armrests, driver audio controls, an auxiliary audio jack, and keyless entry. The ES also comes with upgraded 16-inch alloy wheels and disc brakes instead of the drum brakes found on the DE model.

The new SE and GT models have many features in common but the GT is only available as a front-wheel drive. Both feature beefed up exterior body modifications like a front lip, rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, and fog lights. Inside, there is an upgraded sport trim with leather interior accents, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a voice-controlled onboard computer, a full-color gauge cluster, and Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. In addition, these two sport models feature quick-shift paddles on the steering wheel.

For those looking for an all-wheel drive experience, the Ralliart variant, while a far cry from the high-end Evolution model, still offers many performance enhancements. It comes fitted with a powerful 237 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, a dual-clutch manual transmission, and an active limited slip differential for superb handling. The SE and GT models both utilize a 2.4-liter 168 hp engine, but the SE uses an all-wheel drive system. A 2.0-liter 148 hp engine powers the DE and ES models, which is notably above average compared to other vehicles in its class. This is another reason for the Lancer’s popularity, particularly with young car buyers. Its value and style offerings are almost unrivalled.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

The Mitsubishi Lancer built nine generations in total, each encompassing major changes throughout the years. The first generation Lancer was created to offer a midsize alternative to the larger Mitsubishi counterpart, the Galant. The second generation Lancer was first unveiled in Japan as the Lancer EX. It was released with two engine variants and saw the MCA-JET and Mitsubishi’s Silent Shaft Technology used for the first time. Moreover, the introduction of the 1800GSR and GT turbocharged options marked the beginning of the Lancer’s performance history.

The third generation model from 1982 to 1983 was a brief special release dubbed the Lancer Fiore. It was based on the Colt/Mirage hatchback series and used this guise in different international markets, but was essentially a Lancer. 1983 saw the introduction of the C10 series that utilized the latest in computer enhanced engine management systems and electronic fuel injection.1988 was the beginning of a more aerodynamic style Lancer. This fifth generation Lancer lasted till 1991 and took design cues from the Galant.

In 1991, Mitsubishi decided to create distinctive styles to set the Lancer and Colt/Mirage apart. This was the most notable change for the sixth generation. 1995 saw minor styling changes for the seventh generation and the emergence of the two-door coupe that was marketed towards young people. Finally, the eighth generation model introduced in the year 2000 was called the Lancer Cedia in the U.S. This model was given a style facelift to resemble the Evolution model more closely.

Select a Mitsubishi Lancer Year

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

The Mitsubishi Lancer is one of the few models that have improved with every generation, starting from its debut as an uninspired and boring sedan to the current-generation Lancer, with its shark nose fascia.

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

Mitsubishi's Fuse voice-activated media system enters its sophomore season riding along with the Lancer.

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is a ninth-generation, four-door family sedan manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan

Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes with EBD are now standard on all Lancer models. Moreover, every Lancer for 2010 receives revised taillamps with black extensions, an eight-inch pole antenna, and new side air dams. The new Evolution MR Touring ups the premium quotient with a power sunroof, rear lip spoiler, automatic on/off headlamps, insulated front windshield glass, improved sound insulation, and leather-trimmed upholstery with heated front seats.

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

The Mitsubishi Lancer is a mid-size family vehicle first introduced in 1973 and still in production by the Mitsubishi corporation today.

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

The Mitsubishi Lancer is completely redesigned in the 2008 model year.

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

Sporty looks and its attention to detail set the 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer apart from its competitors.

2005 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

The 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact sedan suited for small families and those who are looking for the convenience of a sedan in a smaller size.

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

The Mitsubishi Lancer was originally introduced to replace the retiring Mirage model in the 2002 model year.

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

2002 Mitsubishi Lancer

Compact, Sedan

The Lancer is Mitsubishi’s 2002 replacement for the Mirage sedan and is available only as a hatchback.