2016 Mitsubishi Lancer facelift brings extra equipment to ageing small car

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The Mitsubishi Lancer has received a facelift and a number of equipment upgrades for 2016 as the Japanese brand seeks to refresh its ageing small car. Next year will mark the current-generation Lancer’s 10th in our market, and with no successor planned, Mitsubishi has little option but to roll out small updates for its compact sedan and Sportback hatch models to maintain competitiveness with newer rivals. The 2016 range sees the high-grade Lancer XLS sedan depart, replaced by the cheaper and sportier GSR sedan. The entry-level ES Sport and mid-tier LS sedans carry over into the updated line-up. The price of the ES Sport manual, LS CVT and GSR Sportback manual variants rise $510, taking the Lancer’s entry price to $19,500 plus on-road costs. The ES Sport CVT and GSR Sportback CVT rise $10, with the latter topping the range at $24,000. The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer does away with the Ralliart-style grille of the MY15 version, trading it for a cleaner front bumper with integrated chrome upper and lower grilles. New LED daytime running lights, foglights and side skirts complete the exterior changes, while the cabin gains a high-contrast instrument cluster, a new front centre console with silver and black accents, and a new colour touchscreen audio system with DAB digital radio. The Lancer ES Sport also gains a reverse-view camera, along with a revised CVT, new-design 16-inch bright-finish alloy wheels with black inserts, and upgraded seat fabric. Over the ES Sport, the LS adds sports-tuned suspension, auto headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors, privacy glass, smart key, leather upholstery, heated front seats, power driver’s seat adjustment, new-design 18-inch alloys with black inserts, and chrome door handles, belt moulding and boot garnish. Both are powered by the brand’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 110kW of power and 197Nm of torque. The GSR sedan and Sportback variants upgrade to the bigger 125kW/226Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. In addition to the LS, the GSR gains steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters and a transmission sport mode, front and rear 16-inch ventilated brake discs, and front sports seats and pedals. The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sport, LS and GSR Sportback variants are available across Australia from today, while the GSR sedan will arrive in showrooms from January.   2016 Mitsubishi Lancer pricing (before on-road costs): ES Sport sedan manual $19,500 (+$510) ES Sport sedan CVT $21,000 (+$10) LS sedan CVT $23,500 (+$510) GSR sedan manual $22,500 (new variant) GSR Sportback manual $22,500 (+$510) GSR sedan CVT $24,000 (new variant) GSR Sportback CVT $24,000 (+$10)