Mitsubishi may finally be putting its long-serving ninth-generation Lancer to pasture this year, but the Taiwanese market is having none of that. In fact, demand is so strong there that the company has given the C-segment sedan a thorough revamp, renaming it the Mitsubishi Grand Lancer.

Although the original’s sharp lines can still be seen, the new car features the brand’s distinctive new Dynamic Shield corporate look, with a chrome lined front-mask that’s reminiscent of the latest Outlander, as well as optional automatic LED headlights. Along the sides, there are more dynamic character lines that frame the new faux fender vents, while the beltline now has an upward kink towards the rear.

Moving to the rear, the Grand Lancer gains new C-shaped tail lights, a number plate recess that has moved up into the bootlid and a more aggressive bumper design. New two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels have also been added to the range-topping model.

The interior has also been given a significant makeover, with a new dashboard similar in design to the Triton. Big additions include a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and digital TV, as well as a customisable Smart Dashboard digital instrument cluster; both are optional. There’s also now dual-zone automatic climate control for the top variant.

All models are powered by a 1.8 litre SOHC MIVEC naturally-aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine that develops 140 PS and 176 Nm, sent to the front wheels via a INVECS-III CVT. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 15.7 km per litre. Under the skin, the Grand Lancer has been given improvements in terms of noise vibration and harshness on all but the base model.

Safety-wise, all variants come standard with ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill-start assist, ISOFIX rear child seat anchors and up to six airbags. Prices start at NT$679,000 (RM97,900) for the entry-level Elegant, rising up to NT$719,000 (RM103,700) for the Classic, NT$749,000 (RM108,000) for the Luxury, NT$769,000 (RM110,900) for the Fashion and NT$819,000 (RM118,100) for the Flagship.