New Mitsubishi Grand Lancer or Lancer launched recently for the Asian markets could turn the fortunes of the Japanese brand in India in the near future
Ever since the buyout of Mitsubishi by Nissan, talks of its revival in India have been on the rise. We are hearing rumours that Mitsubishi could use the Renault-Nissan alliance’s CMF-A global architecture to make its presence truly felt in India’s entry-level segments or that the upcoming Mitsubishi SUVs will have the same underpinnings of Nissan’s big compact crossovers.
While the legitimacy of these speculations does not worth debating about, one thing for certain is Mitsubishi will be making a strong comeback in the near future and hit the chords hard with the help of Renault-Nissan’s established profile in the domestic market in recent years. Our wisest suggestion for them is why fix that ain’t broke?
Yes, the product that took Mitsubishi into the mainstream frame of automakers in the bygone years was the Lancer and recently there has been a new version out for the Asian markets like China and Malaysia. Although the Lancer’s production stopped in many parts of the world, Mitsubishi is clearly not giving up on the model yet. With years of rallying experience and embodying the true sporting spirit of a sedan, the new Lancer has been designed in-line with the latest design cues from the Japanese brand.
It bears a three-slated prominent Dynamic Shield grille assembly that leads into ultra-sleek LED headlamps while carrying the brand logo in the middle. The dashing chrome lining on either ends do elevate the sporty appeal of the sedan. The front bumper has larger air intakes with honeycomb mesh pattern while the rounded fog lamps are housed under the chrome lines.
The smooth flowing side profile comprises of sporty 18-inch alloy wheels and at the back the inverted L shaped LED tail lamps, rear diffuser and the signature boot-lid mounted spoiler complete a rather stylish package. On the new Lancer, Mitsubishi has made changes to the cabin as well with the likes of a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, all-black leather seats and multi-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls and at the back paddle shifters.
The all-important power source is a 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine which is good enough to develop a maximum power output of 138 bhp and 176 Nm peak torque. It is coupled with a CVT automatic with manual mode. The new Lancer makes for a promising case to enter into the lucrative premium compact sedan space in India. Let us say, if it’s priced between Rs. 15 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh would you not buy it? We certainly bet most of you would!
Mitsubishi Grand Lancer Images
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