2016 Mitsubishi Lancer gets new look, more features, value pricing
The wraps have come off of a mildly restyled and repackaged 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer, and the compact sedan hits showrooms later this fall with a bolder look and an enhanced selection of comfort/convenience/safety standards for all models in the lineup. Subtle but effective exterior changes to the Lancer include edgier grille and front fascia treatments including new LED running lights. All variants now feature new alloy wheels, 16-inch on the ES, SE and new SEL trim grade and 18-inchers on the now top-line GT. Yes, the potent but pricey Lancer Ralliart has been dropped.
The entry point for the 2016 Lancer family remains the front-drive ES 2.0, which opens at $18,405 when its 2.0-liter/148-horsepower 4-cylinder is backed by the standard 5-speed manual transmission, or $19,405 when paired with a new-generation CVT continuously variable automatic with six "virtual" gears. Although those figures reflect a $200 bump from 2015, the base variant now comes with Mitsu's FUSE hands-free connectivity and control system, automatic climate control, fog lamps and new LED daytime running lights. Like its siblings, the ES also gets enhanced interior fabrics and a redesigned center console with a USB port. Arguably the most notable change for the 2016 ES grade is the availability of all-wheel drive. Fitted with the 2.4-liter/168-horse MIVAC four, CVT automatic and All Wheel Control, the new ES 2.4 AWC will start at $20,805.
Moving up a rung on the Lancer ladder, the CVT-equipped SE 2.4 AWC offers additional creature comforts like heated front seats, display audio sound package and a rearview camera for $21,805 while a new Lancer SEL 2.4 AWC that starts at $22,805 richens the mix with upgrades like leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors and auto headlamps. At the top of the range, the front-drive only Lancer GT 2.4 shares the same 168-hp engine but boasts a tauter suspension, bigger wheels/tires and the choice of a 5-speed manual transmission ($23,305) or optional CVT fitted with steering-wheel-mounted shifter paddles ($24,405). All Lancer ES models can be fitted with the Sun and Sound Package. Priced at $1,750, it includes a power glass sunroof, 710-watt/9-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, 6.1-inch Touch Panel Display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 3-month complimentary subscription and more. The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer family is set to go on sale in mid-November.