Lancer is one of the Mitsubishi models that desperately need something new. When in mind that current generation is a decade old, everyone thought that Mitsubishi is preparing next generation of Lancer. Well, all expectations fell in water when Lancer received a facelift for 2016 model year. The recent facelift was more than enough to tell that we’ll have to be patient until something exclusively new comes from the Japanese. Model for 2017 also doesn’t bring any noticeable updates. But it has its pros. So, what can be said about 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer?
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer – Design
Facelift brought Ralliart-style grille, cleaner front bumper with chrome details on top and bottom. Mitsubishi also added LED daytime running lights, while new fog lights and side skirts completed exterior changes. So 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has nothing changed on the outside. It comes in four trim levels, ES, ES AWC, SE, and a new SEL. First two trims come with 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels, while higher ones come with 18-inch ones. ES is the base front-wheel drive, while AWC stands for All-Wheel Control, a 4WD system.
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer – Interior
Interior clearly shows how old it is, despite the fact that 2016 facelift brought new center console. The reason lies in low-quality materials, design, and finishing. In one word, it looks cheap. Even with added black trim and nicer cloth upholstery on lower trims, Lancer isn’t hiding its outdated interior. On the other hand, many features come standard on 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer. The dashboard has high-contrast gauges, and 6.1-inch LCD color multi-informational touchscreen and a rearview camera. The driver has a 6-way adjustable seat, while passenger has 4-way. Those seats have standard heating feature but only on two highest trims. There is also an optional sunroof and 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system on SE and SEL trim levels. As for the highest trim level, you’ll get auto on/off halogen headlights, leather seats, and leather shift knob.
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer – Engine Lineup
Only inline 4-cylinder engines are in 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer lineup. One is 2.0-liter with 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. This comes with five-speed manual transmission and it’s available only in base trim. All other trims have 2.4-liter one with 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes with six-speed CVT and AWC-4WD. CVT is also available on the base trim for $1.000 extra. Although nothing new is the store from the engine compartment, Mitsubishi is one of the rarest car makers that give 10 years powertrain warranty or 100.000 miles.
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer – Safety
But there is one segment where Lancer is hanging pretty good despite its age. And that is safety. While some car makers struggle to get good ratings, 2016 Lancer has them in all crash tests except small overlap which IIHS introduced later. It’s crucial to mention that 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer comes with 7 standard airbags including driver’s knee one. But in the field of safety, there is nothing new. So for 2017 model year we expect neither lower nor higher rating.
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer – Price
All in all, the automotive industry is pushing forward faster than anything. So Mitsubishi really needs to do something new with its 4-door sedan if they want to be competitive. Even if it’s packed good for the amount of money it costs. If you look at the new Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda 3 or Chevrolet Cruze, you’ll get the point. But even without major updates, Lancer will be bought by hardcore lovers or simply customers that want value for money. Check out the prices below. And yea, one more thing, bring back the EVO.
|Trim||EPA estimate MPG|
|ES 2.4 AWC||23/30||$20.295|
|SE 2.4 AWC||23/30||$21.095|
|SEL 2.4 AWC||23/30||$22.095|