While it may look the same on the outside, it seems the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer EX has quietly received some changes under the bonnet. And it quietly went on sale in the UAE without telling anyone.
The aging Mitsubishi Lancer EX, first introduced in 2008, got some minor trim changes for 2010. From the 2013 model-year onwards, it still comes with a choice of two four-cylinder engines, but a new 1.6-litre 4-cylinder has replaced the older 1.5-litre motor, while the existing 2.0-litre 4-cylinder carries on without changes.
The new 115 hp 1.6-litre still comes mated to a 4-speed automatic, and only comes in basic GLX trim. Features include power steering, locally-installed CD/MP3 player with 4 speakers, manual a/c, keyless entry, 16-inch steel wheels with covers, power windows and even colour-coded bumpers, but only a driver’s airbag.
The basic GLX, mid-range GLS and top GT trims can be had with the 152 hp 2.0-litre, mated to a CVT automatic. The GLS and GT are differentiated by a body kit, while the latter additionally gets 18-inch alloys and sports seats, among other bits. The kit seems to have a new front bumper.
UAE prices start at Dhs 54,900 at the moment, although it could increase in the future, as previous Lancer EX prices have see-sawed considerably, based on demand, or lack of it. Incidentally, this Japan-sourced car is a different model from the Taiwan-sourced Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis that was launched late last year with a 1.8-litre engine.
Keep track of prices and updates in the Mitsubishi Lancer EX buyer guide.
Press photos may not match GCC-spec version exactly.