CJ Mitsubishi Lancer at 6 years old: gains update, told to soldier on

By this stage most car makers would be rolling out a new model or a facelifted version, but the CJ Mitsubishi Lancer just keeps soldering on, albeit with a few specification and pricing changes to keep it competitive in the most crowded segment in Australia.

The revised CJ Lancer range kicks off at A$19,990 for the ES; a 5-speed manual is standard, while the automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) adds A$2,250 to the asking price. There’s no price difference between the 4-door sedan and the 5-door hatch. Under the hood there’s 110kW/197Nm 2-litre petrol engine sending power to the front wheels.

Standard equipment on the ES includes 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows, front and rear arm rests, leather highlights, tilt-only adjustable steering wheel, and a multi-function trip computer. The audio system features 4 speakers, Bluetooth for both streaming and hands-free, CD player, AM/FM radio, auxiliary jack, steering wheel audio controls and USB port. There’s also a rear spoiler for the hatch.

Next step up is the A$23,990 LX, which, like ES, is powered by a 2-litre petrol motor, has a 5-speed manual as standard and a CVT as a $A2,250 option; sedan and hatch are again the same price. Extra kit on the ES includes reversing sensors and camera, heated sports front seats with leather trim, electronic adjustment for the driver’s seat, leather steering wheel, climate control air-con, chrome highlights on the exterior, proximity entry key and push button start. The audio system is upgraded with addition of 2 extra speakers (bringing the total to 6), a 6.1-inch touchscreen and reversing camera.

The A$29,990 VRX offers a bit more go thanks to a larger 2.4-litre petrol engine with 125kW of power and 226Nm of torque. Again this all goes to front wheels via a standard 5-speed auto or the optional CVT (A$2,250). In addition to this the VRX gains 18-inch alloy wheels, chromed grille, rear spoiler, front fog lights, tinted windows, and chromed exhaust tips. The audio system features a Rockford Fosgate head unit, 7-inch touchscreen, 8 speakers, subwoofer and satellite navigation.

At the top of regular Lancer pile is the A$39,990 Ralliart, which, under its vented bonnet, has a 177kW/343Nm turbocharged 2-litre petrol engine spitting fire and fury to all four wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Ralliart is further distinguished by more aggressive front and rear bumpers, unique 18-inch alloys, twin chromed exhaust tips, alloy pedals, 3-spoke leather steering wheel, leather covered gear knob, electronically folding wing mirrors, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, and Datadot markings.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]