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Old 03-02-2007, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default First Drive: 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer (CanadianDriver.com)

First Drive: 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer (CanadianDriver.com)

http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/pw/08lancer.htm



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Santa Barbara, California - The attention-grabbing Concept X car that Mitsubishi has been schlepping around the auto show circuit since 2005 is pretty obviously a Concept Lancer. That was no secret. The question was, "Would the new Lancer actually look like this?"

The answer, happily, is "yes," although Mitsubishi designer Dan Sims does allow that it took a bit of convincing to get some of the more conservative Mitsubishi executives in Japan to sign on to the new design. "The styling is aggressive for Mitsubishi," he explained at its launch in Santa Barbara. "But in the end they went with it."

Good thing, too. From the side and rear you have something of the popular Acura TSX, and at the front, the provocative grille of the Concept X. From any angle, this is one of the nicest new designs of the past few years, and just the thing that Mitsubishi needs to make itself visible in the competitive compact segment (and if you're wondering about the legendary Lancer Evolution, we'll finally see that in Canada toward the end of this year, or in early 2008).

The 2008 Lancer ranges in price from $16,598 to $24,798, and is based on the same platform as the company's new 2007 Outlander (this is a "global" platform, developed in conjunction with DaimlerChrysler and Peugeot Citroen).

Under the hood is a 2.0-litre, all aluminum, dual overhead camshaft, four-cylinder engine that makes 152 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 146 foot pounds of torque at 4,250 rpm. Three transmission options are available, including a five-speed manual, CVT automatic and CVT "Sportronic" with paddle shifters.

Similarly, three levels of trim - DE, ES and GTS - determine the equipment, appearance and driving dynamics of the new Lancer. Wheels range in size from 16-inch steel to 18-inch, 10-spoke alloys, and the sporty GTS supplies front and side air dams, fog lights, a rear spoiler and chrome tailpipe tip.

The sporty GTS is not just air dams and spoilers, though. Although the full line of new Lancers is tuned for ride and handling, the GTS suspension receives different stabilizer bars and spring/shock damping rates, along with front brakes from the larger, heavier Outlander SUV (294 millimetre vented discs in front, versus 274 mm, with 302 mm solid discs at the rear for all trim levels). Consequently, it will reward drivers who want more responsive handling when the opportunity presents itself.

The 2008 Lancer is a little shorter than the model it replaces, but has a longer wheelbase, wider track and greater overall width. The result, in combination with its stiffer chassis and European-tuned suspension, is a better handling vehicle with more interior room than the outgoing model.

The Lancer is built around Mitsubishi's Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) unibody design, which disperses energy loads during side and rear crashes, and enhances occupant protection. Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard, as are side curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag. Anti-lock brakes are standard on the ES and GTS models, and optional on the DE.

Interior appointments look and feel expensive throughout the range. The GTS features an optional Sun and Sound package that combines a sunroof and 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system, with audio jack for an iPod or similar media player. Bluetooth cell phone interface with voice recognition is also available for the GTS and ES, and the GTS is exclusively available with Mitsubishi's FAST Key entry system (the keyfob can remain in your pocket or purse while unlocking the door and starting the vehicle).

While the five-speed manual provides crisp shifts and snappy acceleration, the CVT is more interesting because it's available with paddle shifters that simulate a six-speed gearbox. This "Sportronic" version of the CVT addresses a concern some people have (me included) with CVTs, which is their tendency to drone when accelerating. With the paddle shifters you can make this gearbox behave and sound like a sporty manual transmission when accelerating, with the added benefit that when traveling at highway speeds, you get quietness and fuel economy that typifies CVT transmissions. Of course, you don't have to shift at all if you don't want to.

Our short drive in the Lancer ES from Pismo Beach back to Santa Barbara was enough to whet the appetite for much more seat time in this eye-catching vehicle. Steering is sharp, with good "on-centre" feel from its hydraulic power steering assist, the ride is smooth and the cabin quiet and roomy.

Fuel economy is rated at 9.7/7.0 litres per 100 kilometres for the five-speed manual, 9.5/7.0 l/100km city/highway for the CVT and 9.6/6.9 l/100km city/highway for the Sportronic CVT. Regular grade fuel is recommended.

As far as looks go, design may not be everything, but it's a great start. This affordable small car has terrific lines, so why not have a little character with your compact? As mentioned earlier, look for the Lancer Evolution late this year or early next year, and also look for a Ralliart version once the new Lancer is established in the marketplace.

The 2008 Lancer is a leap ahead for Mitsubishi, reminiscent of the Mazda's introduction of the Mazda3 to replace its aging Protegé. This Lancer emphatically replaces and redefines the outgoing model.

At a glance: 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer


Available: March, 2007
Mitsubishi Lancer DE 5MT: $16,598
Mitsubishi Lancer ES 5MT: $19,698
Mitsubishi Lancer DE 5MT: $23,698
CVT transmission adds $1,100








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Old 03-02-2007, 07:17 PM   #2
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Pretty odd looking. Those tails are too weird. I think they did ok on the overall proportions but they really screwed up the detail. Evo version should look better. Is an alum engine planned for the evo, I think the 4g63 is due for retirement???
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:55 AM   #3
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I dunno... to me that is soooooo ugly. It's funny that they mention that the "Interior appointments look and feel expensive throughout the range" when I thought the exact opposite.

The front overhang is really pronounced there. It has a volvo feel about it.

I think the evo X looks nice though. For some reason I think that the car will just look silly when I see it IRL.
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:02 PM   #4
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That thing makes the new impreza look hot.
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:04 PM   #5
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I must agree that thing in that color, just looks Uoooogly!
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:11 PM   #6
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What r u talkin bout.. the new impreza is a bag of skunk poop compared to the GTS...
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:11 PM   #7
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looks nice... a canvas for people to work with..

gotta look at it for what it is guys.... Even the mules of the new impreza we have seen arent of the basement baller version...im sure it will come out looking just as, if not even more awkward than the lancer might look..
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:21 PM   #8
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Door cards look ultra cheap to me, and the dash is about 50/50. But it's pretty good for the coin, me thinks.
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:22 PM   #9
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I actually saw a car carrier full of the new Lancer on my way home to work a couple of days ago. looks nice in person.
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:27 PM   #10
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What r u talkin bout.. the new impreza is a bag of skunk poop compared to the GTS...
To each their own, I think this car looks horrible, they take a plain ass looking car and they make it look totally awkward. The rear looks like that zyepher thing that lincoln makes and the front looks like an ugly volvo, but again to each their own. I by no means think the new impreza is good looking, but compared to this its amazing.
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:34 PM   #11
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The rear end is a little high for my tastes, as well as the height of the rear quarter panel area.... if it was lower, i would be on the evo x band wagon right now.
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Old 03-29-2007, 01:00 PM   #12
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I gotta say the car looks fine from all angles but the back, it's just to tall for me, otherwise I say a nice design.
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Old 03-29-2007, 02:29 PM   #13
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That's a good amount of front overhang.....
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:18 PM   #14
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I'm pretty sure that is predicated by concessions to the AWD format in the Evo.
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:39 PM   #15
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Not a real fan of it although I do think that Mitsubishi did a great job compared to the last generation Lancer. Also I think that there was a mistake in the article in that last pricing bit. I think it is supposed to be the GTS that is going to go for $24 K.
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Old 03-29-2007, 04:18 PM   #16
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The pics here are of a base lancer, the GTS and Evo X look much better.
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Old 03-29-2007, 04:53 PM   #17
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Not a real fan of it although I do think that Mitsubishi did a great job compared to the last generation Lancer. Also I think that there was a mistake in the article in that last pricing bit. I think it is supposed to be the GTS that is going to go for $24 K.
I priced out a GTS (on the mitsubishi website) with all the bells and whistles and it came out to about $21k.

On another note, that's good news for anyone anticipating the turbo AWD RalliArt version. A loaded GTS price of $21k leaves lots of room for the RalliArt version to stay in WRX price territory.
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That's a good amount of front overhang.....
all cars... except european ones,
have good amount of overhangs front and back...

it still looks like it belongs to mid size cars... rather than compact cars...

although shorter overall, longer track might increase the turning radius...
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:23 AM   #19
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Default Lancer Evo in Canada?

I had heard that the Evo X would be available in Canada but Transport Canada has the Lancer Evolution 2007 on it's inadmissible import list (from the US).

We can get the STI up here but it starts at $10,400.00 more (after exchange).

It's not that difficult to import a new, or used car from the US and that's why I have bought 2 of my 4 cars from the US and imported them to Canada.

I guess us Canadians will have to wait to see whether Mitsubishi cares enough to give the Canadian Transport Agency a car it can live with, because based on their present list the 2007 Evo isn't going to be allowed to be imported.
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that interior looks sooooo cheap for a 2008 car. If the evo's interior is as bad as that.....
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European has nothing to do with it. Ever seen a Peugeot?



FWD cars have the engine forward of the front axle.. most have the majority of the transmission ahead of the front axle as well. This is so that most of the car's weight rests over the drive wheels. RWD cars with a 50/50 weight balance will have the front wheels pushed to the corners to spill more weight on to the rear wheels.
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Butt ass ugly.
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European has nothing to do with it. Ever seen a Peugeot?



FWD cars have the engine forward of the front axle.. most have the majority of the transmission ahead of the front axle as well. This is so that most of the car's weight rests over the drive wheels. RWD cars with a 50/50 weight balance will have the front wheels pushed to the corners to spill more weight on to the rear wheels.
yeah when i visit my country during summer lots of moded peugeot on the street they are awsome cars may not be as mod friendly as a honda but it can handle the power i always wonder why they are never here in the us
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:40 AM   #24
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Come to Dearborn Michigan. I see Peugeot's coming out of the Ford complex every day.
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If you want to see what the final interior will look like, even for the EVO X, go to a Mitsu dealer and sit in the highest model outlander and there you go. This interior is exactly like the lower end Outlander and it makes sense especially since the old outlander was the same way. The rockford fosgate MyGig thing is really nice... good screen on there too.
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