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Mitsubishi Lancer 2007 and earlier

cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
edited April 2014 in Mitsubishi
I saw this sedan at the 2001 New York auto show and I really liked it. Seemed like a very competent compact car; a little different from the typical Civic and Corolla. I guess it's slated to replace the Mirage...?

I've sent away for a Lancer brochure from Mitsubishi but I was wondering if anyone in Town Hall has any information about this upcoming model. I'm putting it on my shopping list.

Thanks. Happy motoring.


  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    It's unfortunate but there isn't much interest on these boards re: the soon to be ended Mirage or the new Lancer. I agree with you, it seems to be a decent compact car. And as I have no brand loyalty to Honda, Toyota, etal., I too will put the new Lancer on my list of potential compact cars to test drive when the time comes to buy.
  • kostamojen2kostamojen2 Posts: 284
    Im kinda interested in it, but the 120hp isnt to exciting... And the OZ Rally isnt even close to being anything more than the base sedan w/ minor body kit and aftermarket rims... (Wheres the Evo or at least an incarnation of the EVO?!)

    But, It looks to stack well up against the field... Namely the Civic and Focus.

    How was the rather wierrdly-perportioned roofline in person?
  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    Glad to see there is some interest in this car :)

    The roofline is high. It's a tallish car; picture a Toyota Echo that has gone to finishing school. The roof is high but long and the car doesn't look like it will fall over. Plus, the 15" wheels do a better job of filling out the wheel wells so the car doesn't look like a toy.

    As a result of the high roof the passenger compartment is huge. I think it is a bit bigger than the Civic and it really puts the Corolla away. I think the Elantra comes close for interior size. Plus, the interior materials used were top-notch. Even had a fold-down armrest for the back seat and some decent-looking plood on the dash.

    Agree with above statement about the OZ rally model. Better to save your money and go for the LS (no stick, though). You'll probably have to wait for the Evo VII to arrive in 2003 for some true fun.

    I think overall the Lancer may be a worthy competitor to the Civic/Corolla and certainly nicer inside and out than the Neon or Cavalier. I still see some Tredias and Cordias around every now and then. Mitsu must be doing something right with reliability.

    If I see/hear any news about the Lancer I will post here. I read Mitsu is planning a big ad blitz before the Lancer goes on sale.

  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Anyone know if Mitsu is going to sell a Lancer coupe? Or are they killing the Mirage coupe completely? I certainly hope not, because the Mirage coupe is one of the only competitors to the Civic coupe and it is a nice sporty car. Plus, I see a lot more Mirage coupes on the road than I do the sedan. I think it would be a mistake to kill the better selling model and having a coupe would be in line with Mitsu's sportier persona.
  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    Just a sedan for now.
  • kostamojen2kostamojen2 Posts: 284
    Drove one, walked away disgusted... Sporty my [non-permissible content removed]! That thing couldnt even take bumps without trying to bounce off the road! Im sure the lancer will be a much sportier, more rounded car considering the chasis and multi-link suspension.

    BTW, Coupes are going the way of the dodo, cause the rest of the world could care less... Us americans need to step up to the program and realize 2-doors does not mean anything :P
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    from the pictures ive seen (yellow lancer OZ edition) the car looks sorta odd. it maybe the color, or the grille, i dont know. i think it should be a competant car, but that grille doesnt work for me...
  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    Anyone know when the Lancer will hit dealer showrooms?
  • gurumikegurumike Posts: 442
    I think the regular car is out this fall with the Evo VII comming in the latter part of next year. Can't wait! I just blew off getting a WRX and got a 330i instead as the STi comes out end next year so I really can't wait for the end of the 2 year lease! But which will be the car to pick?? Evo 7 or Sti? Damn!!
  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    Board is way too quiet, no other Mitsu fans? I like Mitsu -- too many Honda this, Toyota thats on the road. Mitsu stands out from the import crowd -- and it's cars are actually made in Japan unlike the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, etc...
  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171 has a new review of the 2002 Lancer. They are lukewarm to it. Edmunds, will you have a review soon?
  • mitsugstmitsugst Posts: 41


    I just found this great site which has great comparisons and reviews on the new Lancer Evo. I like his views since he is an unbiased source from Hong Kong, and sticks to facts, not feelings. His entire site rocks, and he gets no income from it what-so-ever.

    Main Page:


    Review of Evo:

    < GSR>

    The editor feels that Evos performance is much better than the Subaru WRX, and also even better than the Subaru Sti. The only drawback on Evo compared to the Sti is that the Evo has a 5-speed while the Sti has a 6-speed (WRX has 5-speed), and the Evo rides a little rougher. He feels that the Sti is the REAL competitor to the Evo. I feel the same since they should come out in the US at about the same time (some time in 2002) and equivalent performance.

    Who really cares though, the Impreza is as ugly as sin, and the EVO rocks!

    I think the only thing left to consider is the reliability. With the new Mitsubishi restructuring and Global market targeting, you never know.

  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    More information that other Lancer reviews I've read elswhere. The car will stand out from the Hondas, Toyotas, Hyundais that are all over, simply because Mitsu has been a lower-volume seller. The car looks good, exceptional level of content on even the base car..all I need to know is has mileage. As to the EVO, that is of no interest to me. I am looking for a solid, reliable daily commuter. Anyway, it's good to see Edmunds review one of the 'second-tier' Japanese car companies.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
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  • patpat Posts: 10,421's just-published "First Drive" of the 2002 Lancer is available by following the link in the Additional Resources box on the left sidebar of this page.

    Here is an excerpt from the article written by John DiPietro:
      "Devoid of gimmickry, the style of the Lancer is purposeful and clean. The large, classy grille and headlights reminded some of us of a Lexus'. And the smooth profile and simple taillight treatment furthered the impression of an upscale appearance. Mitsubishi gave the interior a more luxurious feel, as well, with upgraded materials along with woodtone and metallic accents for the dash and center console."
    Take a look and let us know what you think.

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  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    Judging by the lack of posters, I'd say Mitsu is gonna have a hard time reaching potential buyers who are considering other imports in this class. Me, I'm looking for something that not every third person in the US of A buys, so I will test drive the Lancer come August.
  • wie_gehtswie_gehts Posts: 30
    The Mitsu Mirage has always been called "Lancer" in Europe and probably in Japan, too. Therefore, I conclude the Lancer is simply the next Mirage with a uniform name for all countries now. I must admit, it looks very nice in the picture. would definitely give it a try as everyone seems to have a boring Civic or Corolla.
    Also, in Europe they sell the Mitsu Charisma which is sort of in between the Mirage/Lancer and Galant. This car is based on the Volvo S40 platform and built in Holland.
  • russthelmrussthelm Posts: 1
    I am investigating the aftermarket potential of the new Lancer. While its hp rating is low, I feel there will be a lot of people who buy them for the low cost and uniqueness. One advantage is that it will share some parts with its Evolution VII counterpart. I have not seen its engine code yet, but if it is a 4G63 there may be some things that can be done there too. If there is enough interest, I will probably sell some parts for it (I dislike Honda and Toyota, so I want to get into something that other people are not). I just thought I would throw this out and see what some peoples response is.

  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    Anyone know what kind of mileage the Lancer is supposed to get?
  • mitsugstmitsugst Posts: 41
    From the Autoweek web site:

    "Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII coming to U.S.?

    Even though the company says it's still under study, Rhys Millen, Mitsubishi's factory-sponsored driver, says the Lancer Evolution VII will be sold in the United States next year.

    Mitsubishi's American sales arm showed a Japan- market version of the all- wheel-drive, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 276-hp rally car at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, but would not confirm its intentions to sell the Evo here.

    Its official stance is "maybe." U.S.-market test cars are having difficulty with crash testing because of the car's front-mounted intercooler, one source said."


    Like I said before, the Lancer EVO VII is coming in 2002 as a 2003 model. Let all rejoice, and lets gets people talking. COME ON PEOPLE!
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    You should consider the Mazda Protege! Especially the ES.

    As good as either of these two, and very reliable, much sportier drive, better engine, and IMHO, a nicer interior. Not to mention more space in the back seat and a larger trunk. And lots of standard 'options' that you'd have to pay extra for in the Honda or Toyota.
  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    Like most folk, I'm looking for a solid daily commuter, not some gussied-up rally car. But if stop light racing in your thing, okay by me.
  • russthelm

    although i didn't go to the japan site to check the exact engine code for the lancer (as opposed to evo), but from, stroke/bore is way off. plus it's a sohc
  • somebody was asking...

    5-Speed Manual (City/Highway) 29/41
    4-Speed Automatic (City/Highway) 27/39
    Crankcase (qt.) 3.7
    Coolant System (gal.) 1.6
    Fuel Tank (gal.) 13.2
    Recommended Fuel Regular Unleaded Regular Unleaded Regular Unleaded
  • lancer cedia and evo 7 only have same door panels from a sheetmetal point
  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    I've read that the Lancer will go on sale in August but I have not seen one on dealer lots yet or even on a car carrier. Anyone got a sighting to report?
  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    Dan Jedlicka gives the Lancer a solid 7 in this week's review at msn.carpoint. Given the lack of response in this forum, I must be among the few folks out in the real world who are anticipating test driving the new Lancer. Well, that's okay by me. Gimme a solid daily driver that every third person in the US doesn't own.
  • While out looking for the right car we passed our local Mitsubishi dealership he has a yellow one in the shop for it's destination service and inspection. He also has a white one and a black one the white and black models are possibly the Rally edition.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I recently purchased a Hyundai Elantra GLS. I compared it with a number of cars, specifically the Corolla/Prizm and the Civic. I'd really wondered whether Japanese companies were losing it. Although the Corolla S I drove is in its last two years, I really think that Toyota products have regressed since the last '93-'96? generation. The Hyundai was much, much nicer, more modern, etc.

    I've gotta say, however, that the Lancer is a very, very attractive car. I've owned a number of Mitsubishi products in the eighties and I think that this is a very nice change from the last generation car. Hopefully between this and the new Nissan Altima, we'll finally be getting some interesting Japanese cars back in the mix.
  • otis12otis12 Posts: 171
    OK, progress at last. Went by my local Mitsu dealer in Central NJ but no Lancers were visible on the lot or in the showroom. Anyone got window sticker info...specifically MSRP and EPA mileage info?
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