Marketed under various names around the globe, the Mitsubishi Lancer has long been a staple of Mitsubishi’s model lineup, selling over six million units between its launch in 1973 and 2008, spanning nine generations. Now, however, production of the Lancer is ending this upcoming August after a nearly-45-year run. Join us as we celebrate Mitsubishi Lancer history over the years as it approaches the end of its run.
In February of 1973, the original Mitsubishi Lancer launched to fill a gap between what was termed the Minica kei car and the Galant. By 1975, there were five available body styles: a two- and four-door sedan, two-door coupe, five-door station wagon, and the Lancer Celeste hatchback. Over the years, the design was streamlined to be more aerodynamic, and newer iterations came with more performance prowess, causing it to sell well in Europe. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Lancer’s body was derived from the Mitsubishi Mirage, with the Mirage being the hatchback variant while the Lancer was solely a sedan.
In 2005, the last generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show as the Concept X model. The Lancer and Lancer Evolution X shortly after made their way to the USA.
The Lancer’s history spans several decades, and we at Mountaineer Mitsubishi are happy to still have it on our lot while supplies last.
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The Lancer has had a long-standing, solid spot in the Mitsubishi lineup as an efficient, comfortable, sporty sedan. However, for the 2017 model year, Mitsubishi is giving Lancer lovers even more to look forward to. With the Limited Edition Lancer, drivers will get access to all kinds of comforts and features standard on a new trim that’s never been seen before. For a unique ride that’s packed with value and intriguing features, look no further than the 2017 Limited Edition Lancer.
The Limited Edition trim will be just above the base ES model, with new touches including bold black accents on the upper front grille, door mirrors, 16-inch wheels, and roof. The unique black design continues in the interior, which also features red contrast stitching. Limited Edition Lancer drivers will also get a standard 6.5-inch color touchscreen with Smartphone Link for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in addition to the attractive gloss black finishing in the cabin and Limited Edition badging.
If you’re interested in checking out the Limited Edition Lancer and possibly taking one for a test drive, feel free to visit us at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. This stunning vehicle will only be available through the end of 2017, so don’t wait to see one for yourself!
Earlier this year, Mitsubishi announced that it will be saying a fond farewell to the Lancer model, a compact car that the automaker has been proudly producing for more than 40 years.
The Lancer is going out on a high note, however, with Mitsubishi releasing a final, special edition line of the vehicle, called the “Final Edition.” The automaker had announced that there were to be 1,000 units of this commemorative car headed to Japan, and now they’ve added 150 more for Australia.
It appears that the Final Edition variant will be red, based on these promotional images from Japan. This model is a true tribute to the Lancer, combining the line’s classic styling with small, modern accents.
Will we get any Mitsubishi Lancer Final Edition models here in the United States? We have our fingers crossed. Will you miss the Mitsubishi Lancer? Let us know what you think in the comments.