As one of the oldest sedans currently on offer, the Mitsubishi Lancer appears pretty outdated compared to the competition. Its successor has been speculated about for years now. However, the company put an end to these rumors by stating that the next-generation Lancer is out of the question. In that regard, don’t expect the 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer to bring about a revolution. Instead, it is due to receive a number of mild enhancements before it goes on sale in late 2017. However, the most recently spied 2018 Mitsubishi ASX sheds a new light on the company’s plans. As some sources speculate, the new ASX could be the base model for the replacement of the Lancer Evolution. Of course, we’ll be watching closely for any new info on that subject.
2018 Lancer Design and Features
Despite its old age, the current Lancer still offers a handsome exterior styling. It is one of those sedans that are often praised for sharp design and athletic looks. As for the 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer, expect it to offer only a handful of visual updates. Those include new exterior colors as well as fresh wheel designs. While base models should get 16-inch wheels in two-tone design, upper trims should come with 18-inch alloy wheels. When it comes to the interior, expect the new Lancer to receive even less notable enhancements. So, the cabin will once again come replete with low-quality plastics and a pretty bland interior design. The 6.1-inch touchscreen that has recently become standard on all models is among this car’s very few strong points. Rumor has it that the upcoming Lancer could benefit from extra interior colors. The outgoing model is currently available only in black tones.
2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Engine Specs
Expect no dramatic changes when it comes to the 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer’s mechanical department. It will retain its current range consisting of two four-cylinder powertrains. The familiar 2.0-liter unit will crank out 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The more powerful engine will come in the form of a 2.4-liter unit delivering 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter powertrain will be paired with manual transmission and front-wheel drive. Now, the 2.4-liter option will have a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive at its disposal.
We expect the entry level 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer to start at around $18,000. Unfortunately, such a price tag will make Mitsubishi’s sedan more expensive than the likes of Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte. Despite the rumors announcing the 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, this model is more likely to arrive at a later date.