First reported earlier this year, the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer facelift has finally been unveiled in the US. Changes are relatively small both outside and in on the rejuvenated C-segment sedan – probably a move made by the Japanese car manufacturer to keep the Lancer relevant prior to the arrival of the next-gen model. Development of the new car was delayed after plans to use a Renault model as a base stalled.

As mentioned, the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer facelift remains a familiar sight with a restyled front end. The fascia features a redesigned front grille with that is now segmented into two courtesy of a horizontal bar that runs across the assembly. Elsewhere, C-shaped LED daytime running lights are to be found framing the fog lights.


Additionally, two new colour schemes are added to the palette with Alloy Silver and Diamond White Pearl. The costlier GT variant adds on 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, larger disc brakes, sport-tuned suspension, a sunroof and a rear spoiler. On the inside, the base architecture remains more or less unchanged.

Upgrades over the pre-facelift model include new upholstery and a redesigned centre console that features a built-in USB port. The entry-level ES trim is now equipped as standard with automatic climate control, a colour multi-info display screen and a FUSE Bluetooth hands-free system.


The SE trim model, on the other hand, adds on more standard equipment such as “all-wheel control”, heated front seats, a reverse camera and an upgraded audio system with HD radio. Moving up to the SEL model nets owners leather seats, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers as well as auto dimming mirrors.

No mechanical changes have been touted, though. The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer facelift will soldier on with the same four-cylinder MIVEC petrol engine. With that said, the refreshed Lancer is equipped with a “new-generation” CVT8 transmission that is said to improve performance and fuel efficiency.