2016 Mitsubishi Lancer gets new look and standard features, loses Ralliart

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Mitsubishi has introduced next year’s iteration of the Lancer, with a series of updates inside and out.

From the front, the 2016 Lancer facelift remains a familiar sight with a restyled front end. The fascia features a redesigned front grille with that is now segmented into two courtesy of a horizontal bar that runs across the assembly. Elsewhere, C-shaped LED daytime running lights are to be found framing the fog lights.

Inside, the 2016 Lancer gains a redesigned front center console complete with a USB port and either a new display audio system or a new optional navigation system. All models regardless of trim level come standard with Bluetooth connectivity, automatic A/C, a multi-function steering wheel, fog lights, and automatic headlights.

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The base Lancer is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that makes 148 bhp and 197 Nm of torque. The other four trim levels ship with a 2.4-liter four-banger that’s tuned to deliver 168 ponies at 6,000 rpm and 226 Nm of twist at 4,100 rpm. Base and GT models are fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox, while ES, SE, and SEL trims get a CVT. The efficiency champ of the lineup is the base model, which reportedly returns 11.5 kmpl in the city and 15 kmpl on the highway when it’s ordered with a five-speed manual.

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Unfortunately, Mitsubishi has dropped the lukewarm Lancer Ralliart from its 2016 line-up, just as they have done for the Lancer Evolution. Slotting in between the Evo and the Lancer GT, the Ralliart offered all-wheel-drive, turbocharged power, and the Evo’s dual-clutch transmission, along with a dose of its big brother’s style.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer is scheduled to go on sale in the US in the coming weeks with a base price of $17,595. Check out the gallery below.

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