The ninth-generation Mitsubishi Lancer is on its way out elsewhere in the world, but it’ll be living on in Taiwan in the form of the new Grand Lancer. The Taiwan only model gets a thorough makeover that should see it going on for a few years.
The face-lift sees the Lancer get the brand’s chrome trimmed ‘Dynamic Shield’ front end with optional automatic LED headlights. The sides gain new character lines and new faux fender vents, while the belt-line now has an upward, subtle kink towards the rear.
The rear end of the Grand Lancer gains new C-shaped tail lights, a number plate recess that has moved up into the boot lid and a more aggressive bumper design. The range-topping variant also gets new two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels.
The interior has also been given a significant makeover, with a all-new dashboard design. Highlights include a 10.2-inch all-digital instrument panel (Smart Dashboard; optional), a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, a reversing camera, and a 8-inch touch screen equipped infotainment system (optional). Top variants also get dual-zone automatic climate control.
Standard safety equipment the new Lancer will include six airbags, stability control, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Hill-Start Assist (HSA), an emergency brake warning system, Accident Warning System (AWS) and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors.
The Grand Lancer is powered by a 1.8 litre, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 140 PS and 176 Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT, while combined fuel consumption is rated at 15.7 kpl. Prices start at NT$679,000 (INR 14.7 lakh) for the entry-level Elegant variant, rising up to NT$819,000 (INR 17.74 lakh) for the Flagship variant.