The current iteration of the Lancer is the oldest sedan available on the market. It made its debut way back in 2007. With its outdated interior and lackluster engine options, the Lancer lags behind most of its competitors. It has long been speculated that the company is due to launch the next-generation Lancer sometime soon. However, these rumors turned out to be unsubstantiated. It seems that we won’t see its successor go on sale at all. Instead, the 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer is likely to receive a number of subtle enhancements. We expect the refreshed model to hit the market in the second half of 2017.
2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Redesign
When it comes to exterior styling, the Lancer sedan still looks relatively fresh despite its age. It offers a sharp design and a generally athletic appearance. That is especially the case with those models that sport a sleek rear spoiler. Now, the 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer will get a couple of new body paints as well as new wheel designs. Entry-level models will sport 16-inch two-tone sets of wheels, while upper trims should offer 18-inch alloys. Sadly, the latest round of interior upgrades won’t have a greater impact on the cabin design. The Lancer will once again get a pretty bland passenger space filled with hard plastics. One of the very few upsides will come with the 6.1-inch touchscreen display that has recently become standard on all models. We also expect the 2018 Lancer to receive additional interior colors. The outgoing model is currently available only in black.
There will be no surprises when it comes to the Lancer’s engine range. It will once again go on sale with a choice of two four-cylinders under its hood. The base 2.0-liter unit will put out 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Those who opt for more power should probably go for the 2.4-liter engine making 168 hp and 167 lb-ft. Manual transmission and front-wheel drive will be offered with the base 2.0-liter powertrain. The more potent 2.4-liter will be mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.
2018 Lancer Pricing
Entry-level Lancer will cost around $18,600, which is still higher than the starting price of the Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra. To put things into perspective, both of the mentioned rivals are fresher and more amply equipped than Mitsubishi’s sedan. As for the rumored 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, it’s highly unlikely to make it to production.