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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer: At A Glance (Press Release)

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer: At A Glance

Mitsubishi’s versatile and stylish Lancer mid-size sports sedan lineup gains numerous materials and amenities upgrades for the 2012 model year. But the most significant change is the introduction of a new low-priced Lancer model that offers the convenience and performance all-wheel drive.

New for the 2012 model year is the Mitsubishi Lancer SE, an affordably priced model that includes the company’s famed All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive system. Specially designed for the Snowbelt states, the SE includes heated front seats and side view mirrors; 16-inch alloy wheels; upgrade dark silver instrument panel trim and unique black and beige trim seating fabric; and a chrome lower grille. Powering the SE is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine connected to a smooth-operating continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

The entry-level Lancer DE model is packed with a long list of standard equipment including a sensuous sounding 4 speaker, 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with digital signal processor, speed-compensated volume and equalization control; power door locks and windows with driver-side auto down/up; anti-theft engine immobilizer; remote keyless entry; auto-off halogen headlamps with DRLs. And while the DE may be the lowest-priced model and the Lancer lineup, the vehicle includes such stylish touches as chrome-trimmed A/C outlet knobs, a blacked-out front grille and stylish side air dams.

The Lancer DE features a new wheel cover design for its 16-inch rims for 2012 and is powered by the venerable 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) that makes a full 148 horsepower. While a 5-speed manual transmission is the standard unit on the Lancer DE, a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) is available as an option.

The best-selling Lancer ES features all of the content included on the DE, but adds further quality amenities. New for the very economical and efficient ES model this year is a redesigned 16-inch wheel cover for the base model along with improved interior fabric and instrument panel trim. A Deluxe Package available on the ES futures handsome touches including a chrome lower grille section and improved door trim.

Adding to the Lancer DE and ES model’s outstanding value is the impressive highway fuel economy that these feature-packed versions have to offer with an EPA-rated 33 mpg.

The sporty 2012 Lancer GT (formerly the GTS model) gains numerous new luxury and appearance upgrades including the addition of the eye-catching front fascia from the Lancer Ralliart, redesigned interior fabric and gloss-black instrument panel trim and a fresh new 18-inch alloy wheel design. Furthermore, the Touring Package now features a handy backup camera with a monitor built into the auto-dimming rearview mirror (optional navigation system also includes backup camera).

The 2012 Lancer GT’s stout 168 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine comes with a crisp-shifting 5-speed manual as standard, with a high-tech continuously variable transmission (CVT) with INVEC-III and Sportronic® shifting with magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters is also available. Standard features on the GT include sport front bucket seats, automatic climate control and a rear spoiler.

For exceptional athleticism in high-style, the outstanding Lancer Ralliart includes many of the advanced performance technologies equipped on Mitsubishi’s remarkable Lancer Evolution exotic car. These include full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC) with Active Center Differential (ACD) and front helical limited-slip differential, rear limited-slip differential and Hill Start Assist (HSA). The Lancer Ralliart delivers a power-packed turbocharged punch of 237 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled MIVEC-equipped inline-4 engine and rapid-shifting 6-speed automated manual Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) – essentially a slightly detuned version of the incredible Lancer Evolution’s exceptional drivetrain.

Like the Lancer GT, the 2012 Lancer Ralliart receives an upgraded interior fabric and gloss-black instrument panel trim, along with a backup camera with rearview mirror monitor for the Touring Package (optional navigation system also includes backup camera).

A full complement of Mitsubishi safety technologies are found on every Lancer model sold including advanced dual-stage front air bags with occupant seat position sensor; side-impact head protection curtain air bags (front and rear); front seat-mounted side air bags; driver’s side knee air bag; anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL); and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Key Specifications
Wheelbase: 103.7 in.
Length: 180.0 in.
Height: 58.7 in.
Width: 69.4 in.
Engine: 2.0-liter aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 148 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 146 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission or continuously-variable transmission (CVT)

Major Standard Features (2.0L DE)
• 140-Watt AM/FM/CD audio system with digital signal processing, MP3 playback capability and four speakers
• Electric assist power steering
• Adjustable rear head restraints (x3)
• Anti-theft engine immobilizer
• Auto-off halogen headlamps with DRLs
• Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, curtain side air bags, driver’s knee air bag, and front seat mounted side-impact air bags
• Power windows and folding side view mirrors
• Side air dam
• RISE chassis construction
• Tilt-adjustable steering column
• Trunk lid inner trim
• Remote keyless entry
• Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
• Active Stability Control (ASC)

2.0L ES model adds over DE:
• 16-inch alloy wheels
• Electric assist power steering
• 60:40 split folding rear seat with folding armrest and cupholders
• Air conditioning with micron cabin air filtration
• Anti-theft security alarm system
• Center floor console box with armrest
• Chrome grille, color-keyed outer door handles and side view mirrors
• Floor mats
• Front map lamps
• Height-adjustable driver’s seat
• Rear seat heater floor ducts
• MP3/auxiliary stereo input jack
• Steering wheel-mounted illuminated cruise and audio control switches

SE model adds over ES:
• Full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC)
• 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine
• Continuously-variable transmission (CVT)
• Heated front seats and side mirrors
• Chrome lower grille and rear badge

Key Specifications – Lancer GT
Engine: 2.4-liter aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 168 bhp @ 6,000 rpm (161 bhp PZEV in Calif.)
Torque: 167 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual or CVT with 6-step Sportronic ® mode using magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters

2.4L GT model adds over ES:
• 18-in. alloy wheels
• FUSE HandsFree Link System™
• 6-speaker audio system
• Automatic climate control system
• Chrome exhaust finisher
• Fog lights
• Front air dams
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
• Leather-wrapped parking brake
• High-contrast multi-color LCD instrument display
• Rear spoiler
• Sport bucket seats (front)
• Sportronic steering wheel-mounted magnesium shifter paddles (with optional continuously-variable transmission)
• Sport-tuned suspension and including front strut tower brace

Key specifications – Lancer Ralliart
Engine: 2.0-liter inline 4 DOHC MIVEC; intercooled/turbocharged
Horsepower: 237 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 253 @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission: TC-SST automated manual with magnesium steering column-mounted shifter paddles
Wheels: 18 x 7.5 in. cast alloy
Tires: 215/45R18 Yokohama ADVAN asymmetrical performance tires

Turbo Ralliart model adds over GT:

• Full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC) with Active Center Differential (ACD)
• Front helical and rear mechanical limited-slip differentials
• Hill Start Assist (HSA)
• FUSE HandsFree Link System™
• FAST-key with panic feature
• Premium sport fabric seating surfaces
• Leather-wrapped sport type steering wheel
• Leather-wrapped shift knob with shift boot
• Dual exhaust with finisher
• Aluminum hood with heat extractor vent
• Chrome side lower door molding

Lancer Options:
Alloy Wheel Package (ES model) adds: 16-in. alloy wheels and Rear disc brakes.

Deluxe Package (must combine Alloy Wheel Package) adds: FUSE HandsFree Link System™; Power glass sunroof; FAST-key entry system; Leather-wrapped steering wheel; USB port.

GTS Touring Package adds: Leather seating surfaces & shift knob with front seat heaters; 710-Watt Rockford-Fosgate® Punch ® Premium Sound System including 10-in. subwoofer; SIRIUS® satellite radio with 3-month paid service; 6 CD/MP3 in-dash head unit; Auto-off Bi-Xenon HID headlamps; Rain-sensing wipers; Auto on/off headlamp control; Power glass sunroof; Rear lip spoiler (replaces rear wing spoiler).

Ralliart touring package adds: Leather seating surfaces with front seat heaters; 710-Watt Rockford-Fosgate® Punch ® Premium Sound System including 10-in. subwoofer; 6 CD/MP3 in-dash head unit; Auto-off Bi-Xenon HID headlamps; Rain-sensing wipers; Auto on/off headlamp control; Power glass sunroof; Rear lip spoiler (replaces rear wing spoiler).

Port Option Packages:
Navigation Package (ES, GTS, Ralliart models) adds: 40GB HDD-based navigation system with Music Server, Real Time Traffic (lifetime at no cost) and a 7-in. touch-screen display that replaces the standard audio head unit.

Sport Aero Package (DE and ES models) adds: Rear wing spoiler; Front air dam; Exhaust finisher; Fog lights.

Sport Accent Package (ES and GTS models) adds: Black upper grille; Black front bumper film; Rear diffuser.

Popular Equipment Package I (ES and GTS models) adds: Alloy fuel door; Aluminum scuff plates; Trunk mat; Wheel locks.

Popular Equipment Package II (DE model) adds: Alloy fuel door; Aluminum scuff plates; Trunk mat.

Chrome Package (ES and GTS models) adds: Chrome lower grille garnish; Chrome mirror covers; Chrome trunk trim; Chrome door handle covers.

Interior Sport Package (ES, GTS and Ralliart models) adds: Aluminum shift knob; Aluminum brake grip.

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