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Car reviews - Mitsubishi - Lancer - GLXi sedan

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21 Feb 2001

The Lancer is available as a sedan, coupe and wagon. The wagon has been carried over virtually unchanged from the previous range The coupe and sedan have a slippery, 0.30 co-efficient of drag Both coupe and sedan are available in GLi and GLXi trim levels GLi models are powered by a 69kW, 1.5-litre engine GLXi models come with a single camshaft, 16-valve, four-cylinder, 1.8-litre engine It develops 86kW at 4500rpm and 161Nm of torque at 4500rpm The Lancer sedan could be mistaken for a mini-Magna when seen from the rear Compared with the superseded model, the sedan is 20mm longer and 10mm taller Mitsubishi claims the taller body offers an additional 15mm of headroom in the front and 5mm more in the back Both engines are now positioned in the conventional east/west layout in the engine bay. Previously, the engines sat west/east The 1.8-litre, which has been carried over from the superseded range, develops the same power and torque figures. Maximum power is now developed at 500rpm lower in the rev range Swapping to an east/west layout has reduced acceleration and deceleration shocks The engine features a stainless steel exhaust manifold, the previous one was made from cast iron The engine mates to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The auto box uses "fuzzy logic" to maximise performance in all conditions Mitsubishi claims its four-speed auto is the most sophisticated in the class The Lancer uses a MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi- link set up at the rear All models get power-assisted rack and pinion steering All models come with 13-inch wheels and tyres, and a disc/drum setup GLi models only get a two-speaker radio, missing out on a cassette player

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