The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer receives a subtle visual update and some new features. Unfortunately for enthusiasts, the car’s turbocharged Ralliart trim has been canceled, following the demise of the high-performance Lancer Evolution.
Outside, the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer scores a new front fascia with a smoother, more cohesive look, as well as new LED running and fog lights. The car’s 16- and 18-inch alloy wheels have been redesigned, and GT models have a new chrome beltline accent. Moving inside, the car’s seats have new fabrics, and a reshaped center console new features a USB port.
We’re not surprised to see the Ralliart trim vanish. Mitsubishi noted that the Ralliart was a “low-volume” trim level, but we’ll miss the sporty model’s 237-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and a snappy six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
With the Ralliart turbo gone, the two remaining engine choices are a 148-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four relegated to the base ES model, and a 168-hp, 2.4-liter engine that is optional on the ES and standard on all other trim levels. The car’s continuously variable transmission is new and is said to provide better fuel-efficiency and improved acceleration; interestingly, Mitsubishi had already installed a revised CVT in the 2015 Lancer. A five-speed manual transmission remains available on the ES and GT trim levels.
Other changes concern the addition of more technologies. The base Lancer ES now features automatic climate control, fog lights, a color trip-computer display, and alloy wheels as standard; the new $1,700 Sun & Sound package (replacing last year’s Value package) adds a sunroof, a backup camera, and a Rockford Fosgate sound system with a 6.1-inch display. There are also two new trim levels available with the Lancer’s all-wheel-drive system, the ES AWC and SEL AWC. Last year, the Lancer offered AWD only on the SE and Ralliart trim levels.
Pricing for the revamped sedan has crept up slightly. The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer ES is now priced from $18,405 with a five-speed manual or $19,405 with the CVT, and $20,805 for the all-wheel-drive model. Pricing tops out at $24,305 for the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer GT with a CVT.