The 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer is positioned as a sporty alternative to conventional economy sedans with its strong engines, and confident steering and steering. But then again, it lacks fuel economy and interior refinement that most of its alternatives offer. Buyers should look forward to its release date in August 2018.
In order to keep the Lancer more attractive in the segment, the Japanese automaker has overhauled several outdated standard features and technologies as well as the CVT, and instead brought a number of new add-ons that promise to turn around the dwindling fortunes of the Lancer.
The truth is the automaker hasn’t offered the Mitsubishi Lancer any meaningful redesign for the past one decade, and as a result, the grey areas have started showing up. For instance, the thirsty base 2.0L four-cylinder engine trails behind its alternatives in terms of fuel economy consumption. Also, the Lancer suffers from lack of interior refinement and basic ergonomic issues.
And to add insult to injury, Mitsubishi never seems to notice them or maybe they chose to ignore these pertinent ailments, which they have become good at for a decade now. Other faults include a tilt-only steering wheel, a coarse 2.0L engine, and a mediocre interior appointment.
In all fairness, we don’t see anything appealing in the 2018 Lancer relative to its rivals. For instance, the 2018 Subaru Impreza – one of the segment’s best, offers impressive features in terms of fuel consumption, interior appointments, and overall exterior design. Other sleek alternatives include the 2018 Mazda 3, the 2018 Honda Civic, and the recently updated 2018 Ford Focus.
Trims Available – Mitsubishi Lancer
The small 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan is offered in four trims: ES, SE, SEL, and the GT. Both the Evo Xi and Evolution final edition are covered separately, while the Ralliart model has finally been laid to rest.
Interior Review & Exterior Changes – 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer
The ES’s list of standard features includes a 60/40-split folding rear seat, remote keyless entry, LED running lights, Fuse voice controls, a color driver information display, a USB port, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, full power accessories, a CD player, cruise control, foglights, a four-speaker sound system, and automatic climate control.
The SE further adds HD and satellite radio, a rearview camera, two-tone alloy wheels, a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, keyless entry and ignition, and a six-speaker sound system.
Upgrading to the SEL gets you a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded interior trim, automatic headlights, a leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and automatic wipers.
Throwing in a nine-speaker sound system, a sport-tuned suspension system, 18-inch alloy wheels, a soft-touch trim, a rear spoiler, heated front seats, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
Individual options available include a 7-inch touchscreen interface, HD and satellite radio, a touchscreen display, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, Rockford Fostgate audio, LED foglights, and a 360-degree camera.
Interior wise, don’t expect the lancer to bowl you over with excitement. The gauges, controls, and the overall is generally plain. While there might be no major problem with that, the abundance of plastics cheapens the appearance of the cabin. Even so, the Mitsubishi Lancer still offers some cool features such as the upscale graphics of the 6.1-inch center touchscreen, and the voice activated navigation.
2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer ES model is a four-cylinder 2.0L engine. The power – 148 horsepower and 145 lbs. ft. of torque gets routed to the wheels via the five-speed manual transmission system. The Continuously Variable Transmission system is optional.
Fuel economy ratings for the manual stand at 24/34/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 27/35/30 mpg with the CVT.
The rest of the trims get a four-cylinder 2.4L engine good for 168 horsepower and 167 lbs. ft. of torque. The standard transmission system provided for the SE, and SEL is the Continuously Variable Transmission system, and CVT/AWD pairing with the ES trim. A manual configured GT model returns 22/31/25 mpg, and 24/31/27 mpg with the Continuously Variable Transmission system.
The upgraded suspension equipped on the Lancer offers a decent and confident handling quality. And buyers looking for better driving dynamics will find the GT sport-tuned suspension worthwhile.
Price & 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Release Date
As already mentioned at the beginning of this review, the new 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer will probably hit showrooms sometime in August 2018. As for its sticker price, sources point to a base MSRP of $17,595.