Test: Mitsubishi Lancer GLX 1.6

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Test: Lancer GLX
TEST: MITSUBISHI LANCER GLX 1.6 CVT

Images: Tom
Words: Jason
Car: Eon Automart Malaysia

I believe this car needs no introduction, meet the Mitsubishi Lancer, now in its ninth-generation of a heritage that began in 1973 with the first Lancer. In case you’re wondering, there’s no typographical error, the word Evolution isn’t missing and we did indeed take the Mitsubishi Lancer for a spin. Why, you ask? The Evolution series is indeed a force to be reckoned with, conquering tarmac and gravel alike, but today, we look at the platform that forms the basis of that evolution.

Long have the Lancer lived in the shadow of is sibling, but have you ever pondered on the fact that the Evolution is a great car today because it was based on something that was good to begin with? The Lancer was designed as a compact sedan; a passenger car for everyday use, and in my opinion, it did that extremely well. Ask yourself, if the Lancer wasn’t able to do that right, would there be an Evolution today?

What makes the Lancer a good passenger car then? For starters, the car is a looker; not in that loud, screaming kind of way, but it’s handsome and oozes a sporty feel, thanks to the bodykit fitted to it. On the inside, it feels roomy due to the great visibility all around, and it’s spacious too, as four adults can be seated comfortably in the cabin while squeezing a fifth is still within the boundaries comfort. The dash area is simple, with conventional placement of all the dials and meters. Surely, the designers at Mitsubishi could have went with something more radical and different, but I believe the objective wasn’t to stand out, rather, it was to present the instrument panel in a manner where majority of the drivers are accustomed to; in short, to make the driver feel at home. The rest of the interior is set in a shade of grey and black, which is nothing to scream about, but the seats do offer sufficient support and it’s comfortable enough for extended drives.

Talking about drive, the Lancer certainly drives well; in fact, it drives too well, till the point that I didn’t even notice the gear shift. The car felt like its gearbox had only 1 speed as there were no jolts during shifts, but in actual fact, it’s a 6-speed CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) paired with Mitsubishi’s INVECS-III (Intelligent & Innovative Vehicle Electronic System), a system that automatically selects the optimal gear ratio based on driving style and road conditions. This setup contributed greatly to the fuel efficiency of the car, and it is apparent in our tests as the full tank of petrol lasted us for over 500km, despite our aggressive driving style, where we pushed the car beyond the 160km/h mark. Even at such speeds, cabin comfort is rather impressive, as engine, road and wind noise were reduced to acceptable levels thanks to the cabin insulation, making long haul journeys more pleasant. Handling however, was a little nervous at those speeds; though it can’t be blamed as we aren’t supposed to be traveling that fast to begin with. Around the city, the suspension performed gracefully, though the occasional bumps were felt, no thanks to the road works department. Given the road conditions in our country, the Lancer certainly cushioned the ride significantly. Why do I say this? Because in another car on the same stretch road, I felt like I was in a train.

Understeer is apparent while attempting to push the car to its limits, but overall I felt confident with the car as the feedback from the steering is intuitive. The Lancer’s turning radius of 4.9m makes it one of the more maneuverable vehicles in its class, and it’s rather impressive in my opinion, given its size.

Safety is high on Mitsubishi’s list, as the Lancer is furnished with anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake-pressure distribution (EBD). Passive safety came in the form of dual airbags, 3 point emergency locking retractor (ELR) seatbelts which automatically engage and retract during sudden stops, a collapsible steering column, and a reinforced impact safety evolution (RISE) body, which has front and rear crumple zones that absorbs impact and diffuses damage while the cabin and doors are reinforced with rigid beams that hold its shape as it redirects impact energy away from the passengers. All these safety features incorporated in the Lancer certainly gives one peace of mind.

For its current asking price of RM99,800.00, its certainly a well packaged offering. Given the strong competition in its class, we urge you to get a test drive and not just disregard it as the Evo’s little brother, as if you were to look at it from another perspective, its actually Evo’s big brother. The Evo does what it’s intended to do very well, and likewise, the Lancer doesn’t fail to impress in its own right.

For enquiries or test drives, please contact:

MITSUBISHI MOTORS MALAYSIA SDN. BHD

Contact:
1-800-88-3003

Website:
Mitsubishi

Sales Contact:
Dylan Chang
016 2233771

Alxand Lee
012 6178118

Richard Leong
012 6934325

Halaluddin
012 2172334

For enquiries or test drives, please contact:

MITSUBISHI MOTORS MALAYSIA SDN. BHD

Contact:
1-800-88-3003

Website:
Mitsubishi

Sales Contact:
Dylan Chang
016 2233771

Alxand Lee
012 6178118

Richard Leong
012 6934325

Halaluddin
012 2172334

 

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et5

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Thks Tom
Cant compare to your mega E30 though. : )
 

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Although it may not be as competitive as others in the market, I would still give two thumbs up.
 

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Thanks for the great write up tom!
As a supporter of mitsubishi and also as a member of MLOC (mitsubishi lancer owner club). many thanks for the great write up and cool pics!!!!
 

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Honestly, the first time i ever switch opinions about the lancer is during my visit to KLIMS... went up, sit in it, fondle around, i conclude it's interior is better made than those of Altis.... which looked bland all round. But, i believe the new Civic had upped the ante by such a huge margin, lancer, coupled with its less 'attractive' branding as a family saloon in malaysia. I believe sales for this vehicle is in the flops.

Tom, nice nice pics. Autocar Asean should source your pics rather than their crappy, ad-hoc, camera-phone-like pics. ... hear that Autocar?
 

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dude... to be honest i think it's better than wat the guys in mitsubishi marketing team need to learn from u... salutes u
 

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now in m'sia we only got the 1.6L(auto) SOHC 16valves only, spec defers from markets, s'pore got manual n auto, US got 2.4 mivec... it's all depend on market demand...
 

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anyway, the one we got over here, no doubt it beat other 1.6 in local market in term of power design n value... where to get cbu 1.6 less tham rm100,000??? plus with 5 years warranty, more than 36 service center nation wide plus 24 hour back up service! plus good in maintainance, lower fuel consumption n service charges, for your info it cost only around rm 130 for a normal routine service at 10,000km!!!
 

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so, if u doubt the power the comfort the ride, give me a call, i'll send the car over for you to test drive it... but sorry dudes, can't send the evo9 for test drive :) haha just incase you guys ask me it, but other model of mitsubishi car range here, i can fix it, namely the L200 pickup, colt 1.5 mivec, outlander 2.4 mivecsuv, grandis 2.4 mivec mpv...

LEE, 012-6178118
 

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MITSUBISHI THE BEST !! i love it very much.....but cant hot in MALAYSIA ler??
 

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how much its cost which all included the insurance and etc...oni got one spec....where can i check the car and also to test drive also
 

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Read the article. everything you need is very clearly stated. if not, please Mitsubishi. their contact is also clearly stated.

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how much its cost which all included the insurance and etc...oni got one spec....where can i check the car and also to test drive also
 

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Looks like Mitsubishi has put in alot into this Lancer to have a sport in the car market for Malaysia...
 

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the pictures are a lil bit too dark for me.. personally i don't really like the 'v' shaped front grill.. but then it's worth the asking price of the car with all that features thrown into it.. well, it's not an evo..
 

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great article and like the article suggests the lancer is very underrated. I have a modified 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer US spec and i'm very happy with it!

true, the base lancers will not perform like its brother the Evolution but the lancer has alot of potential! here in the US we have turbocharged lancers both in automatic and manual pushing well up to 280hp with basic bolt ons. As aftermarket support grows for the lancer market Lancer owners are able to push the envelope little by little.

My car club has just finished swapping over a Galant 2.4 motor into one of our 2002 Lancers and within a month it will be going under the knife one more time to get a turbo installed. We also have another lancer thats going to have a built motor and individual throttle bodies and a custom programmable ecu.

its good to see some support from other countries in regards to the base lancer.

 

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runsir said:
great article and like the article suggests the lancer is very underrated. I have a modified 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer US spec and i'm very happy with it!

true, the base lancers will not perform like its brother the Evolution but the lancer has alot of potential! here in the US we have turbocharged lancers both in automatic and manual pushing well up to 280hp with basic bolt ons. As aftermarket support grows for the lancer market Lancer owners are able to push the envelope little by little.

My car club has just finished swapping over a Galant 2.4 motor into one of our 2002 Lancers and within a month it will be going under the knife one more time to get a turbo installed. We also have another lancer thats going to have a built motor and individual throttle bodies and a custom programmable ecu.

its good to see some support from other countries in regards to the base lancer.


haven't seen a modified lancer here in malaysia b4.. nice car u have there but the butt is kinda ugly.. no offense dude..