Ahead of its official launch later this year, images of the China-bound have been leaked, thereby hinting on how the new Lancer from Mitsubishi might turn out to be. Reports indicate that the new model is likely to be rechristened as the ‘Mitsubishi Grand Lancer’. In India, the Lancer has always been a popular name among car enthusiasts, however the vehicle had been discontinued in the country a few years back. Owing to plans of discontinuing the current model, the new model is likely to come forth as its replacement.
Reports indicate that the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer will be powered by a 1.8-litre MIVEC petrol engine that puts out 138bhp and 176Nm of torque. The fairly powerful engine will come mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. The sedan will be offered with all modern safety equipment such as seven airbags, active stability control (ASC), traction control (TCL), hill-start assist (HSA), emergency stop signal system (ESS) and accident warning system (AWS).
Based on what can be seen we believe that the upcoming model will be based on the X-shaped fascia concept that give it a slightly aggressive look. The rear is expected to get a reversed C-shaped tail lamp that gives it a sportier feel. The sides have neat body lines and for freshness it comes with new alloy wheels. Inside, the vehicle gets 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, three spoke multifunction steering wheel, 10.2-inch digital instrument panel and reverse parking camera for convenience. The new model might also offer additional cabin space to occupants along with better quality upholstery.
India is unlikely to get the new Mitsubishi Lancer anytime soon. Plans if any, it will be known at a later date. More details about the vehicle will be known post its official unveiling in the international market.