The FINANCIAL -- The Mitsubishi Lancer for 2009 delivers thrilling dynamics, "class-up" value, advanced safety and cutting-edge user-technology in an aggressively styled package.
"The new Lancer brings the bold, dynamic lines of the new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution to the showroom, with a shark-nosed front end, a distinct wedge-like profile and crisp, taut lines. Lancer is available as the value-minded DE, the well-equipped ES and the sport-tuned GTS. Recently announced is the Lancer Ralliart, specifications available separately." Mitsubishi reports.
The 2009 Lancer is based on the performance-engineered global platform that also forms the foundation of the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV. Lancer DE and ES models are powered by a 2.0-liter 152 hp aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine (143 hp PZEV in Calif.) teamed to either a 5-speed manual transmission or available continuously variable transmission (CVT).
New for 2009, the GTS model receives a more powerful 2.4-liter 168hp aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine. When equipped with the CVT, the Lancer GTS exclusively features a 6-step Sportronic mode using magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters.
The Lancer ES projects a refined appearance with 5-spoke 16-in. alloy wheels, color-keyed door handles and mirrors and a chrome grille surround. The GTS has more aggressive styling, with 18-in. alloy wheels, front and side air dams, fog lights, a rear spoiler and a chrome tailpipe tip. The GTS features sport-tuned suspension, larger disc brakes.
Each Lancer model is distinguished by its own distinct seating materials and interior trim. Clean, crisp surfaces and high-quality materials characterize the Lancer's interior. For 2009, the GTS is equipped with standard high-contrast meters to enhance its upscale, sporty feel.
Standard safety features for all Lancer models include an advanced dual front air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with occupant sensors, standard front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags, a driver's knee air bag, plus a tire pressure monitor system. The ES and GTS models add a standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), which is available for the DE.
For 2009, the FAST Key (Freehand Advanced Security Transmitter) entry system is now included in the optional Sun and Sound Package available for the ES and GTS. FAST Key allows the driver to unlock the vehicle simply by having the remote in a pocket or purse and grasping the handle on either of the front doors. The package also includes a 650-Watt (max.), Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system plus a power glass sunroof and SIRIUS Satellite Radio with 6- month pre-paid subscription.
The GTS features a standard Bluetooth wireless technology cell phone interface system with voice recognition for hands-free calling (available for the ES). The GTS is exclusively available with the optional navigation system that includes a 30-gigabyte hard drive navigation system with digital music server and Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System.