More Herbs for Mitsubishi Lancer
News Editor - 25/8/2005
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer
The VR-X's new rear apron looks good,
while the rear end in general is better
VR-X models have all the right visual cues
Step inside the new 2006 Lancer
Mitsubishis popular Lancer sedan has been riding high
in the sales stakes in the fiercely competitive small market
segment, and is now set to increase its attractiveness to
Australian motorists with the release of the 2006 model year
upgrade that introduces a 2.4 litre MIVEC (Mitsubishis
proprietory variable valve timing) engine to the range.
Increasing power by 25% to 115kW @ 5750rpm, and torque by
27% to 220Nm @ 3500rpm, the 2.4 litre engine was initially
introduced to Australia with the release of the Grandis people-mover
in May 2004, and was also placed in the Outlander SUV later
the same year.
It has proved to be a great engine in those applications,
and is sure to provide dazzling performance in Lancer due
to its much lighter weight. It is standard on luxury LS and
and sporty VR-X models, and optional on entry level ES models
and is also Euro 3 compliant.
The MIVEC system provides the engine with intake cams for
a low-speed mode (in which the two intake valves of each cylinder
have a different lift) and intake cams for a high-speed mode
(in which both intake valves have equally high lift), and
it selects the cams as necessary.
When the engine speed is relatively low the valve-lift difference
boosts in-cylinder flows, thereby stabilising combustion and
giving low fuel consumption, low emissions and high torque.
When the engine speed becomes relatively high, increases in
the valve-open duration and valve lift give relatively large
air intake volumes and increased output.
In order to satisfy budget conscious consumers Mitsubishi
is retaining its trusty 2.0 litre 16-valve SOHC fuel-injected
four-cylinder engine in the ES entry model. This engine generates
92kW of power at 5500rpm and 173Nm of torque at 4250rpm.
However, it is not only an engine story with the latest Lancer
upgrade. The model line-up has been overhauled, and the top-of-the-line
Exceed has been deleted. Other models now get additional features
on top of their already extensive list.
The ES gets a chrome rim on the grille on the outside, while
a sporty black mono-tone interior trim treatment, driver vanity
mirror with ticket holder and cruise control have been added
as standard features.
The 2.4 litre ES gets 15 wheels with ABS with EBD,
full wheel covers, power windows (on all windows), white-faced
instrument cluster and optional 4-speed automatic with Sports
Mode sequential shifting option as standard equipment.
Mid-range LS also comes in for a freshen-up and gets the
chrome rim on the grille, 15 alloy wheels and standard
sized bumpers front and rear (the rear was formerly an extended
bumper) for a sportier external appearance.
Inside, a drivers vanity mirror with ticket holder,
black mono-tone trim treatment, 4-spoke leather-wrapped steering
wheel, gear-shift knob and handbrake lever grip, cloth centre
console lid, black woodprint instrument panel garnish and
dark titanium-look centre panel have all been added for a
more luxurious, integrated look. A 2-DIN premium AM/FM audio
system with a 6-CD in-dash stacker and six speakers, automatic
climate control air conditioning and an air pollen filter
complete the interior package.
The sporty VR-X models will now look even sportier with their
Evo-influenced mesh grille and standard sized bumpers (the
rear was formerly and extended bumper). Inside, a drivers
vanity mirror with ticket holder, black mono-tone interior
trim, sporty front seats with see-through head rests, aluminium
sports pedals, cloth centre console lid, and silver mesh instrument
panel garnish have all been added. . A 2-DIN premium AM/FM
audio system with a 6-CD in-dash stacker with six speakers
, automatic climate control air conditioning and an air pollen
filter have also been added.
When added to Lancers already impressive list of standard
features power steering, power mirrors, remote keyless
entry, engine immobiliser, driver and passenger air bags,
independent suspension, variable intermittent wipers, 3-point
front ELR seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiters,
adjustable front seat belt anchorage points, and 3-point ELR
/ ALR rear seat belts in all positions it makes an
impressive value for money story.
The introduction of the 2.4 litre engine has also seen an
upgrading of the braking package, with 276mm ventilated disc
brakes fitted to the front, and 262mm solid discs fitted to
the rear to ensure safe, consistent, straight-line braking
in all situations. ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
(EBD) is fitted as standard on all 2.4 litre models.
The colour palette has been revised with two new colours
added. It is now White Solid, Yellow Solid, Red Solid (new
colour), Cool Silver Metallic, Effect Grey Mica (new colour),
Dark Blue Mica, and Black Mica.
Sedan 2.0L: $19,990 ($21,990 auto)
Sedan 2.4L: $20,990 ($23,490 auto)
Wagon 2.4L: $23,490 ($25,990 auto)
Sedan 2.4L: $24,490 ($26,990 auto)
Sedan 2.4L $28,990 ($31,490 auto)
Wagon 2.4L $31,490 ($33,990 auto)