The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer lineup will continue to evolve for the new model year, adding fresh content and reconfigured option packages throughout the roster—but without affecting its starting price,which remains at $17,195.
First off, all models of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer will get new exterior mirrors that are now heated and feature integrated turn signals. From there, the entry point to the Lancer family, the Lancer ES, will welcome Mitsubishi's next-gen continuously variable transmission as a powertrain option. The new CVT will provide the same functionality as a traditional seven-speed automatic, although it doesn't appear to affect the car's fuel-efficiency ratings. The 2014 model is listed at 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway/29 mpg combined, and for now, Mitsu only notes that the 2015 version continues to get 34 mpg highway.
Other changes coming to the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer portfolio include:
A revised Value Package debuts for the ES, offering redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels, the automaker's FUSE hands-free technology with USB port, upgraded instrumentation, cabin enhancements like chrome door handles and soft-touch door trim, and rear disc brakes.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancers SE AWC—fitted with the automaker's All Wheel Control all-wheel-drive setup—adds fog lights and a new, sportier front fascia, along with FUSE tech, new 16-inch wheels and restyled instruments, all standard.
Cockpits of Lancer GTs will showcase white contrast stitching as a standard accent to its seats and doors, as well as a "Sun and Sound" Package with a power glass sunroof, high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps, and a premium audio system from Rockford Fosgate with nine speakers and 710 watts of power.
Currently the hi-po high-point of the Lancer team, the 2015 Ralliart cars gain standard equipment like automatic on/off HID headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels with a dark finish, the 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate sound system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, white contrast stitching in the cabin, and rain-sensing wipers.
Additionally, motivation remains the same as for 2014, as the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer ES starts with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit worth 148 hp/145 lb.-ft. of torque, the SE-AWC and GT up the ante to 168 hp/167 lb.-ft. of torque, courtesy of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder powerplant, and the Ralliart tops the roster with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo that serves up 237 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque.
And they're all slated to arrive in U.S. Mitsubishi dealerships just a bit later this year.
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