In 2015 Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko said that the Lancer, along with the Pajero, will not see another generation anytime soon. Despite that, the automaker has breathed life into their long-running C-Segment sedan with a recent facelift, introduced to the Philippines late last year.
This year, however, the Lancer gets yet another update in the form of the Taiwan-spec Grand Lancer. It boasts new front and rear fascias, sheetmetal changes, as well as a new interior.
At the front, it now adapts the marque's corporate look, dubbed the Dynamic Shield design. The front end is now more rounded off and is complemented by a new hood and new headlights. Its fenders are new too, along with more pronounced character lines on its side.
Moving to the rear, the Grand Lancer gets a totally new look compared to the current model. Tailights now form an 'inverted L' look and the license plate holder has now been moved higher. Bumpers have also been redesigned to accommodate the changes made to the rear. The Grand Lancer also rides on a new set of alloy wheels.
Inside, the dashboard gets a significant redesign as well. The center interface is totally new with a bigger screen, vertical aircon vents and a repositioned climate control system. Interior door panels are also new for the Grand Lancer, so is the gear selector.
The instrument cluster does away with the analogue set-up. In its place is an all-digital layout that houses speed, engine revs, trip and vehicle information. Judging from the photos, this appears to be a feature for the top of the line model. According to the leak, noise isolation has been improve with the addition of sound deadening materials in its panels.
Powering the Grand Lancer is a 1.8 liter engine Mitsubishi calls the 4J10. The SOHC mill produces 140 PS and 175 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a continuously variable transmission.