1 Aug 1998
A minor facelift, featuring a new grille, more standard features, revised cabin trim and the availability of a Tiptronic-style four-speed auto in the MR Coupe, signalled the CE II.
In October ’99 Mitsubishi the 86kW 1.8L engine became standard in the GLi sedan and optional in the GLi coupe, while a sporty body-kitted VR-X limited edition became available.
In May ’01, 100 206kW Lancer Ralliart Evolution VI 4WD sedans went on sale, along with a much tamer LRX-1 sedan and coupe bodykit special.
In May ’02 a locally engineered Lancer Cabriolet was launched, based on the 1.8L GLXi coupe.
From July ’02 the next generation CG Lancer 2.0L range supplemented the CE sedan (and eventually replaced it in early '03), coupe and wagon range, with the RG Colt finally replacing the latter in September 2004.