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Mitsubishi Lancer VRX

by Stephen Walker

19th September, 2008

Mitsubishi Lancer VRX 
Location: a little south of Nambour, QLD 
Image copyright: Next Car Pty Ltd 
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Lancer, one of the nation's most popular small cars, ever, is now even better.

First released in 1974 when Chrysler ran the Mitsubishi import business, the Mitsubishi Lancer has been a 'hit' ever since. Now into its umpteenth generation, the Lancer continues its success with a very stylish presentation. Already though, an upgrade is due in local Mitsubishi dealerships later this month. And a hatchback version is coming!

For this report, we road test the Mitsubishi Lancer VRX, fitted with the optional CVT automatic transmission.

We managed to treat ourselves to some 1,244 kms around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in the Effect Grey edition.

Firstly, some details on this important new model.

The motive power is supplied by a 2 litre, DOHC, 16 valve, 4 cylinder motor, which produces 113 kW of power at 6,000 and 198 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm.

On the combined cycle, the fuel consumption is rated at quite a satisfactory 8.5 litres per 100 kms for the automatic.

The transmission choices are a 5 speed manual and an optional 6 speed automatic (which features three overdrive ratios).

Standard equipment for the Lancer VRX includes a front air dam extension, rear spoiler, 18" alloy wheels, 6 disc audio system with MP3 compatibility, rain sensing wipers, dusk sensing headlights and sporty type seats in the front. A boost in the safety credibility stakes for the Lancer VRX is provided by seven airbags, including a 'knee' bag for the driver.

On the road, the new Lancer provided good performance, but certainly not startling performance ..... just good performance, which is a normal attribute in this segment of the market. Although the engine is certainly willing to be revved somewhat. The pleasing driving dynamics make the Lancer an easy car to manage.

The interior treated us to a solid driver's left footrest, alloy-look pedals, keyless ignition, good lighting for the front of the cabin, 7 airbags (as indicated above), cup holders in the front, paddle shifters (but only for those who desire/need them). The interior is comfy, that's for sure. We included a big drive and remained comfortable throughout.

Mitsubishi Lancer VRX 
Location: a little south of Nambour, QLD 
Image copyright: Next Car Pty Ltd 
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What about faults? There are just two disappointments with the Mitsubishi Lancer. And that is the difficulty to view the time and audio information panel during daylight. Additionally, we found the interior lighting somewhat unsatisfactory in the back seat.

The price of the Mitsubishi Lancer commences at $20,990 (RRP) for the Lancer ES manual. The Mitsubishi Lancer VRX starts at $29,790 (RRP) for the manual. The automatic version of the VRX is priced from $32,290 (RRP). The test car was fitted with pearlescent paint ($350) and a sunroof (available in a package).

The new Lancer is quite a stylish car, with a roomy interior and with the solid reputation of Mitsubishi. On the road, the Lancer demonstrated its willingness to comply. It all adds up to pinpoint the new Mitsubishi Lancer as one of the best small cars on the market. Little wonder that it sells so well.

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Other Mitsubishi content: here.

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