2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Release Date and Specs

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is positioned as a sporty alternative to conventional economy sedans with its strong engines, and confident steering and steering. But then again, it lacks fuel economy and interior refinement that most of its alternatives offer. Buyers should look forward to its release date in August 2017.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer front view, exterior, silver color, headlights and grille

In order to keep the Lancer more attractive in the segment, the Japanese automaker has overhauled several outdated standard features and technologies as well as the CVT, and instead brought a number of new add-ons that promise to turn around the dwindling fortunes of the Lancer.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer front view, taillights and tailpipe

The truth is the automaker hasn’t offered the Mitsubishi Lancer any meaningful redesign for the past one decade, and as a result, the grey areas have started showing up. For instance, the thirsty base 2.0L four-cylinder engine trails behind its alternatives in terms of fuel economy consumption. Also, the Lancer suffers from lack of interior refinement and basic ergonomic issues.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer side view, silver color, alloy wheels

And to add insult to injury, Mitsubishi never seems to notice them or maybe they chose to ignore these pertinent ailments, which they have become good at for a decade now. Other faults include a tilt-only steering wheel, a coarse 2.0L engine, and a mediocre interior appointment.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer rear view, sxterior, taillights, tailpipe, white color

In all fairness, we don’t see anything appealing in the 2017 Lancer relative to its rivals. For instance, the 2017 Subaru Impreza – one of the segment’s best, offers impressive features in terms of fuel consumption, interior appointments, and overall exterior design. Other sleek alternatives include the 2017 Mazda 3, the 2017 Honda Civic, and the recently updated 2017 Ford Focus.

Trims Available – Mitsubishi Lancer

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer GT side view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

The small 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan is offered in four trims: ES, SE, SEL, and the GT. Both the Evo Xi and Evolution final edition are covered separately, while the Ralliart model has finally been laid to rest.

Interior Review & Exterior Changes – 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

The ES’s list of standard features includes a 60/40-split folding rear seat, remote keyless entry, LED running lights, Fuse voice controls, a color driver information display, a USB port, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, full power accessories, a CD player, cruise control, foglights, a four-speaker sound system, and automatic climate control.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer interior, steerilg vheew, gear shift knob, dashboard, lcd screen

The SE further adds HD and satellite radio, a rearview camera, two-tone alloy wheels, a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, keyless entry and ignition, and a six-speaker sound system.

Upgrading to the SEL gets you a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded interior trim, automatic headlights, a leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and automatic wipers.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer GT ,interior, steering wheel, leather seats, gear shift knob

Throwing in a nine-speaker sound system, a sport-tuned suspension system, 18-inch alloy wheels, a soft-touch trim, a rear spoiler, heated front seats, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

Individual options available include a 7-inch touchscreen interface, HD and satellite radio, a touchscreen display, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, Rockford Fostgate audio, LED foglights, and a 360-degree camera.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer side angle, exterior, headlights and alloy wheels

Interior wise, don’t expect the lancer to bowl you over with excitement. The gauges, controls, and the overall is generally plain. While there might be no major problem with that, the abundance of plastics cheapens the appearance of the cabin. Even so, the Mitsubishi Lancer still offers some cool features such as the upscale graphics of the 6.1-inch center touchscreen, and the voice activated navigation.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Engine Specs

Under the hood of the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer ES model is a four-cylinder 2.0L engine. The power – 148 horsepower and 145 lbs. ft. of torque gets routed to the wheels via the five-speed manual transmission system. The Continuously Variable Transmission system is optional.

Fuel economy ratings for the manual stand at 24/34/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 27/35/30 mpg with the CVT.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer engine

The rest of the trims get a four-cylinder 2.4L engine good for 168 horsepower and 167 lbs. ft. of torque. The standard transmission system provided for the SE, and SEL is the Continuously Variable Transmission system, and CVT/AWD pairing with the ES trim. A manual configured GT model returns 22/31/25 mpg, and 24/31/27 mpg with the Continuously Variable Transmission system.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer engine view

The upgraded suspension equipped on the Lancer offers a decent and confident handling quality. And buyers looking for better driving dynamics will find the GT sport-tuned suspension worthwhile.

Price & 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Release Date

As already mentioned at the beginning of this review, the new 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer will probably hit showrooms sometime in August 2017. As for its sticker price, sources point to a base MSRP of $17,595.

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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer side angle, exterior, silver color, headlights and alloy wheels

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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer side angle, exterior, alloy wheels

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer side view, alloy wheels, headlights

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Release Date, Review and Specs

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport spy photos have resurfaced only a year after it received substantial refreshments on its technologies and styling. When you look at the Outlander Sport and all that it offers, you might find yourself dumbfounded especially when you realize the kind of value you get with the price it comes with. If the previous model is anything to go by, it is highly unlikely that Mitsubishi will offer the new model any substantial makeover. Below, we’ve prepared a rendering that describes what you can expect from the new Outlander Sport SUV as we await its crucial details such as exterior and interior redesigns, and its release date.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport exterior, side view, alloy wheels

It is hard to say exactly the kind of changes the new model is poised to come with given the heavy camouflage claddings that cover most of the critical areas such as the front and rear profiles. But given the staggering rate at which vehicles have been improving, it is foolhardy to think the new model won’t to receive any. According to our rendering, the new model should get loads of revamped technologies and materials in addition to better driving dynamics and ride quality. With all these changes intact, the new model will be better placed to compete favorably with mainstream models.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport rear view, taillights and badges

Just like the previous model it is replacing, the newest Outlander Sport returns with exemplary safety features that include dual front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, driver’s knee airbag, and dual side-impact curtain airbags. Others include active stability and traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, electronic brake force distribution, hill start assist, adaptive cruise control, high-tech reinforced impact safety evolution, and anti-theft security alarm system.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport spy shots

Well, even with several refreshments, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport wasn’t without faults. For one, the base engine lacked the punch that it rival offered. The handling and steering were lifeless. The cabin was noisy and lacked up-market refinement like some of its rivals. The passenger and cargo volume were modest, while advanced safety technologies were conspicuously missing in action. That said, we expect the newest 2017 model to address most, if not all, of the issues that marred the previous model’s reputation and consequently made its rating nosedive to a disappointing “D”.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport front angle, headlights and grille

In stark contrast to the Outlander Sport, the segment offers well-reputed vehicles such as the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5. Others include the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Mazda CX-3, and the Honda HR-V. Let’s just hope Mitsubishi has gotten its senses right on the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2017. Meanwhile, buyers should just limit their options to the aforementioned rivals.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Release Date & Price

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport release date

It is too early to speculate about its release date and price at this juncture when even the prototype can hardly be sported. Rumors have however ruled out the possibility of a price increment. As such, the new model will go for sale for an MSRP starting from around $21,390. Its release date should be expected sometime in the latter half of 2017. Don’t be surprised to see it as a 2018 year model!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Exterior Pics

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

As already mentioned before, details about the exterior redesigns are, as of this writing, nonexistent. But since Mitsubishi has previously indicated it has no plans of redesigning the Outlander Sport from ground up, we expect most design cues to carry over unchanged. That said, we should therefore expect windshield wiper de-icer and LED headlights, power-folding side mirrors, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, lower door sections, LED position lights, and halogen headlights,

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Interior Photos

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport interior, gear shift knob and lcd screen

Relative to other compact crossovers within the segment, the Outlander Sport interior is outdated and bland. We however laud Mitsubishi for offering it a solid collection of convenience items at such a price, but that is the only positive complement we can offer. The surfaces are plastered with sub-par materials unlike its rivals that get attractive and better materials.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport interior, leather front seats

The passenger and cargo space is wanting. The backseat space is especially crowded and barely offers comfortable head- and legroom.

Available Trims

Four trims should be available for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport i.e. SEL, GT, SE, and ES.

Engine Specs

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport engine

Rumored to be available is a 2.0L four-cylinder rated at 148 horsepower, and a 2.4L four-cylinder good for 168 horsepower. With the base engine paired to a CVT, expect the Sport ES to check in at 27 mpg in combined city/highway cruising.

Safety

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport safety

We’re hopeful the new model will get latest safety technologies, if it is to favorably compete with its well-rounded and unforgiving rivals. The existing model earned a four out of five star rating as per the feds rating for crash impact safety protection.

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport exterior, front view, headlights, grille and badges

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport exterior, white color, front view, headlights

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport side angle, white color, alloy wheels

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport exterior, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport trunk and cargo space

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport interior, steering wheel and dashboard

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport interior, leather back seats

Mitsubishi Sold to Nissan

Carlos Ghosn – Mitsubishi’s Savior Or Ruthless Businessman?

CEO of Renault and Nissan, Chairman of AvtoVAZ and Renault-Nissan Alliance has come to Japan, yet again, to cut some costs. This time he hasn’t come to Japan to have anything with Renault (which he helped save in 1990’s) or Nissan (which he rose from ashes in 2000’s) but, as we can all assume, to copy paste his strategy in a town called Mizushima.

Road So Far

Mitsubishi is in a great pile of trouble. The company made a huge mistake and lied to their customers about the fuel consumption in a number of models, including two it made for Nissan and together with those models it reached the number of over 600,000 cars. Fortunately, those cars were sold only in Japan, so it wasn’t a international scandal like in some other cases (VW). That scandal came to surface in April and since then, their share price has fallen about 40%.

The savior appeared and everyone in Mitsubishi cheered, until they found out the name of the savior.

Nissan made a dill and paid 1.5 billion pounds for 34% share, which gave the partial control over their smaller Japanese rival. That was fine, but the man they sent was not a good news for people living in industrial towns, dependent of Mitsubishi. Everyone in that area knows of Carlos Ghosn. They know about thousands of unemployed in the streets, after the intervention of Carlos Ghosn. His revival plan from 1999 included the closing of five Nissan’s factories, cutting approximately 14% of employees and shrinking their supplier ranks by half. But that had to be done.

Mitsubishi had some other scandals in the past, (early 2000’s, covering of safety defects – caused some fatal crashes) and people already know what to do, and to do that in time. For example, a little city of Soja, has already courted food companies to build factories in their town, just as a backup plan, in case that automobile industry fails.

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Common People Suffers The Most

Ever since the “scandal” the shops related or connected to Mitsubishi are closing down and that caused the economic avalanche in that area. For example, in “the good times” there were shops with uniforms for the workers and fast food restaurants, but they don’t have any customers now, so they had to be closed. As a domino effect sea food, knitting and sewing, children’s toys and futons suppliers had to close too. Even karaoke bars are empty and ready to be rented.

Citizens of Mizushima and surrounding area are scared, and that is natural.

Suppliers are going to feel it first. Even now, at the beginning of everything, one of the suppliers, who asked to be anonymous, said that he cannot bring his finished components to Mitsubishi for the review like he did in the past. Nissan asked him to submit CAD renderings in advance. (computer assisted design). But he didn’t have that kind of a system, and even if he wanted to implement that kind of a system, he would have to spend additional 30 million yens and a couple of years to train his workers which is impossible. Instead he had to reform his company as a second tier company, which means that they would not be able to provide parts directly to the company, which again means that they will earn a lot less because of the “middle man”.

That is only one of the problems, and there will be lots more in the future. We could only take a look at the countries which went through all those cost savings, and people had to endure. There is place for fear, but not for any panic. Mitsubishi is in good hands, judging by the past.

Is The Fear Necessary?

I believe, and that is my own opinion, that Nissan is not going to hurt Mitsubishi. Those two companies were rivals, but I think that Ghosn doesn’t care about that at all. He is a true businessman and he actually knows what to do in problematic situations just like this one is. He is going to cut some unnecessary costs, sure, but he is not going to destroy Mitsubishi, but revive it in the best way he knows. Why? Because true businessmen doesn’t have emotions, but just smell of money running through their veins. Ghosn is going to order the sharing of platforms, engineering, engines, production facilities and parts. Ghosn himself has said that he sees billions of dollars in cooperation and purchasing, common platforms, cooperation in development and joint plant utilization but he was clear that Mitsubishi has total autonomy and that it won’t be controlled but rather supported by Nissan.

In the end Nissan and Mitsubishi are the main source of “mini cars” and that is the sort of a car that sells the most. So, sleep peacefully, Mizushima – Mitsubishi is going to shine yet again.