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Lancer now CVT driven too

2008-07-09 07:50
Lancer CVT

Lancer CVT

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
Model Lancer CVT
Engine 2-litre DOHC
Power 114kW @ 6 000r/min
Torque 199Nm @ 4 250r/min
Transmission CVT
Zero To Hundred 10.3 sec
Top Speed 200km/h
Fuel Consumption 9.4l/100km
Boot Size 348-litres
ABS Yes, with EBD and BA
Tyres 205/60R16
Front Suspension Macpherson struts with coil springs
Rear Suspension Multi-link
Service Intervals 15 000km
Service Plan 5 year/100 000km
Price R197 000
Mitsubishi’s Lancer sedan range now has a constantly variable transmission option (CVT) locally; the perfect foil for blending performance and economy?

Available in 2.0 GLS specification, the new CVT transmission is the only two-pedal option in the Lancer range currently.

Best of both

Operating using a pair of cone-shaped pulleys connected by a belt the CVT transmission allows for infinite and nearly imperceptible variability between highest and lowest ratios – from first to sixth.

Running at high driveline efficiency reduces consumption and renders a relaxed driving experience without any of the ratio hunting associated with normal automatic gearboxes.

Drivers who prefer a more dynamic experience still have the option of using the gearlever tipshift function to override the CVT transmission – Mitsubishi claims full driver ratio hold and control in tipshift mode.

Plenty for the price

For the rest it’s standard Lancer. From the all-aluminium 2-litre DOHC engine producing 114kW at 6 000r/min and 199Nm at 4 250r/min to the sophisticated multi-link rear suspension set-up; the engineering details colour in a well-though out design.

Lancer CVT performance claims are 0-100 km/h in 10.3 seconds before reaching a true top speed of 200 km/h. More pointedly though, CVT addled combined cycle fuel consumption is claimed at 9.4l/100km.

Retaining Mitsubishi’s low centre of gravity design philosophy – 1370kg kerb weight – and the Lancer’s dynamic suspension - coil sprung MacPherson struts and stabiliser bars up front and a multi-link suspension set-up at the rear – herald a responsive driving experience.

Dynamic safety is catered for by ABS, EBD and Brake Assist stopping power, dual-stage frontal airbags, three-point seatbelts for all three rear occupants and ISOFIX child seat attachment points on the outer rear seats.

Equipment levels are good with MP3-compatible tuner/CD unit, automatic air conditioning, 60/40 split rear seat with centre armrest incorporating two cup holders and chromed inner door handles.

The latest Lancer blends a shark-nose front styling treatment reminiscent of the late 1990s Gallant with a strongly squared off rear. The high boot line is neatly proportioned and contains a load space of 348-litres - capacious, yet there is not a full size spare wheel.

  • The retail price is R197 000, which includes a 5-yr/100 000 km service plan.

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