2016 Mitsubishi Lancer - This is still it....

This, is the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer. Details of it has just been released for all to see. 

It is basically the same car we first saw in 2007. It is a facelift. In fact it is the first real facelift since the car first came out in 2007. The one they had a few years ago was some bits here and there with the same bumpers and stuff. This one you get a new front bumper with integrated DRLs (more than previously) on the outside and inside you get a very, very, very, very, oh you get my point slightly redesigned center console with an upgraded infotainment system. The rear of the car seems to have remained the same...bumper and all.

The changes inside are so miniscule that I had to stare at the pics of the dashboard before and after the change. It is only underneath that all new Lancer models get the full chassis safety package - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), a seven air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS),

Anyway, this car is soldiering on to at least 2018 with high performance Lancer Evolution X and the Ralliart versions dropped by 2016 (the Evo X is on its swan song wherever its sold). So what you see may be what we will get in the very near future if and when Mitsubishi Malaysia brings it in. I suppose you already know that Mitsubishi has changed its focus to its pickups, SUVs and electric vehicles instead of normal passenger cars. This is why the Lancer has stayed in production for a period longer than most Japanese manufacturers usually keep their models in production.

I'm sorry folks, you basically get a new front bumper, a new radio, some painted trim in the middle of the front dashboard and tons of safety features as standard but its basically the same car. This is the best Mitsu can do for now. Not that its a bad thing. It is a nice looking car in the first place and its styling does not seem that dated even today. Don't know about 2018 though.

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