Earlier this year, Mitsubishi was looking for a manufacturing partner to develop the next-gen Lancer, and while talks are still seemingly going on, the automaker has given the current model a slight refresh for the 2016 model year.
The current generation launched back in 2007 for the 2008 model year and hasn’t seen much in the way of design changes. For 2016, Mitsubishi has added a laundry list of new standard features, updated technology, and next-gen CVT8 transmission.
In terms of design, the overall shape remains the same, while the majority of attention has been paid to the front fascia. The grille keeps the same trapezoidal shape, but now features a body-color strip separating the upper and lower sections. The foglights have also been redesigned, with new vertical LED daytime running lights.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer will be offered in four trim levels: ES, SE, SEL, and GT. The ES will feature a standard FUSE Hands-free Link System, automatic climate control, foglights, alloy wheels, and the new LED DRLs. The SE adds all-wheel control, heated front seats, a rearview camera, and display audio. The SEL model offers standard leather seats, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, and more. The top-of-the-line GT gets a sport-tuned suspension, larger disc brakes, a rear spoiler, sunroof, and 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels among other upgrades.
For the past seven years, the Lancer has been an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and Mitsubishi expects the 2016 model to continue in that vein with safety features like Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety body construction system.