The Mitsubishi has unveiled their plans of releasing the next generation of Lancer concept. Mitsubishi Lancer is best known for its awesome performance and luxurious styling. Adopting an elegant mid-size Sedan design, the car is going to enter the market as 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer. The automaker is planning to make the car more elegant and therefore it will adopt a sportier appearance ditching the previous conventional platform. The Japanese automaker is mainly targeting the North American market with the upcoming Lancer model. Though its full details have not yet been unveiled, consumers should expect impressive upgrades on the exterior and interior styling. There are also better powertrain options lined up under the hood. Expect the new 2017 Lancer to arrive in four trim levels including the base ES, SE, SEL, and GT.
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer – Platform and Design:
The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is going to feature a distinctive exterior styling adopting high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum for the body structure. Lightweight materials have been used to improve its aerodynamic performance and enhance fuel efficiency. The front end will receive a new monochrome aluminum brightened grille and adaptive beam LED headlights. There are sufficient air intakes to allow for proper engine cooling.
The rear end looks more elegant with the presence of LED indicators and a new rear bumper. The base ES model will ride on a 16-inch alloy wheel while those opting for higher trim levels will enjoy enhanced road stability with 18-inch alloy wheels. Automatic wipers and automatic rearview camera and auto-dimming are standard on the SE and SEL models.
Inside the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer, the base trim level will feature plenty of luxurious and comfortable features and equipment. Expect a great deal of new and upgraded infotainment system. The four-door styled sedan will feature spacious cabin with sufficient headroom and legroom to accommodate 5 adults. This will also enhance comfortable long distance driving.
Standard features include keyless ignition and entry, adaptive cruise control, automatic climate control, 4-speaker audio system with HD satellite radio, USB port interface, Bluetooth smartphone and audio integration. ES trim level adds 6.1-inch touchscreen display, six-speaker sound system.
The top class model, SEL trim level offers 7-inch touchscreen display and comfortable leather upholstery on the seats. The upcoming 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer also comes with plenty of driver assistance and safety features including line departure warning system, blind spot warning system, parking assist, automatic emergency braking system, premium air bags and safety belts among others.
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer – Performance of Engine:
Under the hood, the base 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer ES trim level will be powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. This powertrain is capable of producing up to about 148 hp at 145 lb-ft of torque. Power will be sent to a standard front-wheel drive system via a five-speed manual transmission though you can opt for Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
When under manual transmission, you get the fuel efficiency of 24 mpg city drive, 34 highway drive and a combined EPA of about 28 miles per gallon. CVT transmission delivers 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and a combined of 30 mpg. Other trim levels including SE, SEL and GT will be powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC engine rated at 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. CVT transmission and all-wheel drive (AWD) are standard for SE and SEL models while GT model features a manual configuration.
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer – Expected Launch and Price:
The Mitsubishi has not yet announced their official release date and exact pricing for the upcoming 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer concept. However, it is highly anticipated that the manufacturer will release the car towards the end of this year or in the first quarter of 2017. The base model will cost around $18,500 while higher trims levels will go for up to $23,500.