The Mitsubishi Lancer is returning to Asian markets with an all-new design and mind you, this isn’t a mere facelift. We are talking about a full-blown rework from the ground up. Though India may not feature in the list of countries where the new Lancer is going to make its debut, a lot of Asian markets and China are on the cards. Named the Mitsubishi Grand Lancer, the sedan was scheduled to be unveiled on April 6. But the recent images which popped up online because of a leak from the promotional film that was aired at a Mitsubishi meeting at Macau, the company decided to release the first official pics a tad early.
The new-generation car is a modern day take on the identifiable Lancer design. The styling is more aggressive than the previous model though. Make no mistake, this isn’t a supercar-killer like one of those tarmac-scorchers from the Lancer Evolution series. But it certainly “looks” like it can take on the next-door boy racer’s puny little sports car. The Dynamic Shield design up front, the lavish chrome treatment on the front fascia and that those bold character lines running across the sides from the front wheel arch to the back – all those add more character and aggression to the sedan’s looks. The revised rear gets new taillights, reverse lights and a single rain/fog light also add to the form and function departments. The new footwear comprises of a set of silver and black alloys which lend the sedan a more sporty appearance.
The interior too has gone through a round of revisions with an optional digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Dual-zone automatic climate control comes standard in the top-of-the-line Mitsubishi Grand Lancer. A 1.8-liter SOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder unit that produces 138bhp of power is the engine on offer and it comes mated with a CVT transmission case.
Chances of the Mitsubishi Grand Lancer making it to India? None.