Mitsubishi Lancer Review

Posted on 20. Jun, 2007 by in Auto News

In "The Blue-Eyed Salaryman," American author Niall Murtagh charts his fourteen-year career inside Mitsubishi Japan. When Murtagh is transferred to Osaka, he concludes that the Tokyo part of the company focused on great visionary research projects, while Osaka requires practical applications. And there you have it: the dichotomy that accounts for Mitsubishi progress in the automotive arena. You have visionary products like the Evo with very little practical purpose, and boring products like the Outlander with very little vision. So where does fit the new Lancer?

Never mind the subtext that you're reading this! Designing a good looking small car is not easy nowadays. You need to maximize interior space, can accommodate an expansion complement of airbags and facilitate fuel efficiency (with aerodynamic force plate forms to the slippery slope to suppositories chic). Things can go wrong regarding the Honda Civic sedan. Or the previous Lancer, which was as sexy as flossing. This Mitsubishi nailed design team.

The Lancer's proportions and details are spot on. The high beltline gives the impression of the size of the outside yet allows occupants feel surrounded and secure. The Lancer new front end copied Audi current hover and make it work, the opening flanked with a series of angry eyes headlights and halved the otherwise gaping maw with a correspondingly wide bumper. Mitsu ripped the taillight design of the Alfa 156 – a beautiful machine that Americans never get the chance to ignore.

The new Lancer is not a breathtaking design per se– It's nicer than drop-dead gorgeous. But it is a stunning development for Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi Lancer is what the Nissan Altima was five years ago. Radical reskin that rises immediately plain-Jane model from zero to hero Unfortunately, the remaining parallel inside.

Thanks Mitsu PR paparazzi, the Lancer cabin looks very avant-garde. The flacks concentrated on the wheel perfectly in both diameter and thickness (albeit with stereo buttons and Bluetooth phone controls littered). They lifted the Lancer sports bike-inspired teachings. They marked their slick stereo, neatly integrated into the dashboard, with precise and Teutonic buttonology.

Off-camera, the new Lancer is the interior of the time-warp again. It is a generic Japanese hodgepodge with some of the worst automotive plastics on U.S. consumers, as A Flock of Seagulls first feel crapped on Top 40 radio with curvaceous switch, as they were fixed with thumbtacks made inflicted. The seats are nicely supportive, but why Mitsu the mouse fur industry is decided by covering the Lancer-chairs and roof supports with rodent pelts both an aesthetic and ethical dilemma.

Driving the base model Lancer is an eye-opening experience, especially when you consider that (1) the Evo X is heavenly obvious and (2) that's what they started with?

The Lancer is to control only a horrible little car for sportster and commuters alike. In pursuit of a compliant ride Mitsu has the base car with a suspension of Twinkies was equipped. Potholes send the car jerking in a fit of confusion. And then there's the body roll. Lots and lots of body roll. Fast corners? Out of the question. (Fast corners you her bitch.) Within minutes of taking command, has to go back my need for speed. I was trying to just over from point A to point B in the space of a single day.

Yes, I know: the Lancer is a compact car. But it could be the only car sold in America, an entry-level model Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Elantra make it as a sports sedan may seem. And the Lancer achieved 21/29 mpg. How economical is it?

The all-new Lancer 2.0-liter engine rated at 152 horses (at an unreachable 6000 rpm). I swear, one quarter are bolted for greener pastures. A wide open throttle just kicks the CVT humming sound up a notch. It's not about a boy-racer. It's about a character, the driver need to apologize when you try it.

What really sucks the life out of the Lancer (and sucks in general): its continuously variable transmission. Unless you opt for the top-o-the-line GTS with fake switch points, the CVT is always locked into the box mode. It is no fun.

The new Lancer is a research project gone horribly wrong. On paper, it is an excellent vehicle: 150 hp, many safety features (seven airbags, including the now popular driver's knee airbag), gadgets galore and racy good looks. But it's all show and no go.

Climb with Mitsubishi American operations only from the sea of red ink, it is a pity that the company had to benchmark the competition "driving dynamics. The imminent take-no-prisoners Evo version will no doubt sort that out, but after sampling the base Lancer, Mitsubishi I highly doubt the ability to rescue the American ambitions in the dustbin of history.