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A 2.4 MIVEC engine from Outlander and Grandis transforms Mitsubishi's Lancer sedan

26 Aug 2005

MITSUBISHI’S Lancer has long had attracted a strong following in the small car class, thanks to youthful styling, a larger than average interior, competitive pricing and Lancer’s rally heritage. Now that package has improved significantly via a MY2006 upgrade that includes subtle styling updates, more equipment and, most importantly, a 2.4-litre MIVEC engine from Grandis and Outlander. The new mill elevates the Lancer driving experience significantly and matches the Mazda3 SP23 as the most powerful small sedan in its class.
Model release date: 1 September 2005 to 1 September 2007

Previous model

Mitsubishi CE Lancer

Released: July 1996
Ended: September 2004
Family Tree: Lancer

The Lancer MIVEC range represents a MY2006 engine and equipment upgrade for the CH Lancer - rather than a midlife facelift, which is yet to come. Based on the new sedan and wagon-only CG Lancer (launched here in Julymid-2004 (CE Lancer GLXi sedan pictured). The last Lancer hatch was discontinued in July 1996 and, though an updated CB model, was sold as a CC alongside all-new CC Lancer sedans and coupes. Prior to the MY2006 2.4 MIVEC update tested here, all Lancers were powered by a 92kW/173Nm SOHC four.

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