Mitsubishi Lancer: middle class happiness
The main features of the design of the Lancer 9th generation – sportiness, excellent handling and bright personality. Many of their driving characteristics are taken from the super successful Mitsubishi Lavcer Evolution racing rally.
Mitsubishi Motors Europe, a division of the Japanese company Mitsubishi, for the first time in its history, hosted the European premiere of the new Lenovo 2004 model year at the Russian Auto Show 2003. Sales of the new “uhlans” began in Russia in August, even ahead of Europe, where cars began to be supplied from Japan only from September. By the way, this is one of the features – the Lancer is made exclusively at home, in contrast to the main competitors from Toyota and Nissan.
Over thirty years of presence in the Old World Mitsubishi Motors has been able to sell more than 700 thousand “Lancers”, mainly classic sedans and station wagons. In our country, the Mitsubishi brand last year came in second place among Japanese manufacturers and into fourth place among all new foreign cars (8167 cars in 2002 and 7082 in the first half of this year). The forecast for 2003 is even more optimistic – dealers plan to sell more than 15 thousand cars, of which 1,500 sedans and 100 station wagons will fall to the share of the new Lancers, and more than 7,000 cars next year. With such indicators, the Russian market now ranks fifth in Europe.
The main features of the design of the Lancer 9th generation – sportiness, excellent handling and bright personality. Many of their driving characteristics are taken from the super successful Mitsubishi Lavcer Evolution racing rally. For Russia, of the entire model range traditionally preferring sedans (almost half of all sales), and the rest of Europe (focus on stylish sports wagons) both of these body options are provided. Thus, Mitsubishi is increasingly moving away from the faceless in its mass 5-door hatchbacks, developing the popular segment of transport for an active lifestyle – “lifestyle station wagon”.
Two gasoline 16-valve engines with a volume of 1.3 (82 hp) and 1.6 (98 hp) provide the Lancer with decent acceleration to 100 km / h in 13 and 11 seconds, respectively. The gearboxes are a simple 5-step “mechanic” and 4-step sequential “automatic” INVECS-II Sports Mode, which is installed only on powerful versions. In the “sport” mode, the gearbox allows you to wield a lever manually. Both suspension – front McPherson and rear multi-link independent – with anti-roll bars. It is nice that ventilated disc brakes with a vacuum booster both on the front wheels and on the rear wheels are installed as standard in such an inexpensive car. 15-inch wheels, including light-alloy wheels on request, are shod with tires measuring 195 / 60R15.
Modern security systems include frontal air bags, power steering with progressive characteristics, ABS with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), protective shock bars in all doors, seat belts with pretensioners for the driver and front passenger. Body “Lancer” designed by proprietary technology RISE, which includes the front and rear zones of the programmed deformation, coupled with a strong power frame. Also in the basic package includes electric windows on all doors, adjustable steering wheel tilt and driver’s seat height, electronic immobilizer, multiparabolic halogen headlights. A full list of options for the new “Lancer” takes two pages in small print.
The average fuel consumption of the Lancer is 6.5 (with a 1.3 engine) and 8 liters (1.6) per “hundred”. It is a good result. For countries with a cold climate, Mitsubishi will additionally equip vehicles with high-capacity rechargeable batteries and heated front seats.
The wheelbase of the new “Lancer” is slightly larger, which made it possible to increase the space for the legs of the front and rear passengers, and by increasing the overall length, also in the head zone. Independent suspension of all wheels and the widespread use of soundproof materials, such as silicone door seals, significantly reduce the noise level. The rear seatbacks fold in the ratio of 60:40. Trim is unsophisticated and practical, as befits an economical compact car “for every day”: gray seat fabric and side upholstery, gray velor carpet. This, probably, should be an economical, inexpensive and reliable car for an average family.