While the rest of the world already said goodbye to the iconic nameplate, a completely new model came to China last year. As you probably know, the famous Lancer has been discontinued in North America and other parts of the world after 30 years of production.
The original model came way back in 1973. For all those years, we have seen five generations of it. The last international model has been discontinued last year. However, the nameplate is still present in China, though it is practically a completely different model. It came completely new last year, with the new design but on the same platform that has been in use for the last generation.
In terms of styling, there is a completely new look, characterized by plenty of novelties and distinctive details offered only in China. For the second year of production, we don’t expect bigger changes on 2019 Lancer.
2019 Mitsubishi Lancer redesign
It is pretty much for sure that the company won’t offer bigger changes for the 2019 Mitsubishi Lancer. Simply, this model will represent the second year model of the new generation and there is no need for modifications at the moment. This 4-door sedan will continue with the same design characteristics. Although this is a new Lancer, it actually has a lot in common with the previous generation, which was present all around the world. It rides on the same platform, featuring quite similar mechanics.
On the other side, there is a lot of new sheet metal, as well as a completely new cabin. The chassis might seem outdated to you, but preferences of Chinese drivers are a little bit different, so this model still has a lot of potential on this market. Besides Chine, it is available in Taiwan too, and next year could bring this model to some other Asians countries as well.
2019 Mitsubishi Lancer styling
While the platform has remained the same, sheet metal is completely new. The 2019 Mitsubishi Lancer will continue without bigger changes, features a styling that mostly follows Mitsubishi’s new design language. You can easily notice familiar elements of the current design language. There are a familiar “Dynamic Shield” grille, boomerang-like crease and narrower rear end. The new look seems more attractive and definitely provides better aerodynamics.
The interior design has been redesigned as well. There is a new dashboard layout, which not only that features a new look but also comes with new soft-touch materials, which leave the impression of a better quality. The cabin has a lot of premium flavor. Despite is it offered for developing markets, it comes with plenty of hi-tech features, including an 8-inch touchscreen.
2019 Mitsubishi Lancer engine
Under the hood of 2019 Mitsubishi Lancer, you will find a familiar unit. It is a well-known 1.8-liter gasoline engine, which has been under the hood of the previous generation too. This time, it comes with few updates which improve overall efficiency. You can count on a max output of 139 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. Such numbers definitely won’t give you some mind-blowing performances, but you can count on decent acceleration, combined with pretty good fuel economy.
When it comes to transmission, this engine comes with CVT. So far, this is the only configuration in the offer. Few reports suggest a new engine in the offer for the next year, probably an oil-burner. Still, there is no official confirmation, so you should take these reports with a dose of the reserve.
2019 Mitsubishi Lancer release date
The 2019 Mitsubishi Lancer definitely won’t feature bigger changes, so there is no need for some earlier arrival. We will see it at the end of 2018, probably in December.