Mitsubishi has added a new six-speed 1.8 litre common rail direct injection diesel engined version of their Lancer. It attracts just with €156 annual road tax will only help to increase the popularity of this iconic vehicle.
A two-time winner of the World Rally Championship, the Lancer is one of the most recognisable and popular vehicles in the Mitsubishi range with over 6,000 sold in Ireland since launch.
One highly equipped model will add to its appeal – it comes with over forty safety, styling and comfort features as standard including 16” alloy wheels, blue tooth phone connectivity with voice recognition, cruise control, multi function leather steering wheel and air conditioning.
Built to secure a 5 star EURO NCAP safety rating, the Lancer also comes with nine airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees, as well as active stability control, electronic traction control and an emergency stop signal system.
The Lancer features the brand new all-aluminum DOHC 16v 4-cylinder Common rail direct injection “low impact” Euro 5 Diesel engine, develops 150 bhp @ 3,000 rpm.
This 6-speed 1.8L engine features innovative technologies including a new variable geometry turbocharger and high-efficiency combustion characteristics. The highlight of this technology is Mitsubishi’s proprietary MIVEC variable valve timing system, a world first for a passenger car Diesel engine.
Taut and sharp, the Lancer again presents the new sharp visual identity for the brand, dubbed the “Jet Fighter grille”. Inspired by jet fighter intakes, this road-hugging grille is further distinguished by its “shark nose”.
The interior is characterised by clean and crisp surfaces, free of gimmicks and marked by careful attention to details, everything is within easy and intuitive reach in the cabin of the Lancer.
The Lancer has a good comprehensive safety packages, including nine airbags. Other passive safety features include 3-point ELR seatbelts in all seats. The Lancer also employs Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution ) uni-body that brings dramatic advances in multi-directional impact safety performance. As a fundamental starting point, this proprietary design disperses energy loads during side and rear impacts and controls distortion, enhancing occupant protection and also helping to protect the fuel system during a rear impact.
The 1.8L diesel is priced at €22,995 with €156 annual road tax (Tax Band B ) and fuel economy of 5.3L/100km (53MPG ).
Mitsubishi Motors Ireland expects to sell 700 new Lancer Diesel models in 2011.
Commenting on the new Lancer Diesel to the Advertiser, Robert Guy of Mitsubishi Motors Ireland said: “The Lancer is already one of our most popular vehicles so the addition of the 1.8L Clean Diesel engine to the range will only add to its appeal. The combination of a great specification, low running costs and superb styling will make for a great package.”