1 Sep 1992
Bigger, faster, roomier and more modern, the CC series lost the three-door hatch but gained a two-door coupe, four-door station wagon and a whole new audience of small car buyers.
The range also featured a four-door sedan, while the five-door hatchback was in fact the CB series carried over.
But the big news was the arrival of the 145kW 1.8L turbocharged 4WD GSR high-performance sedan, which preceded the iconic Subaru Impreza WRX by two years.
All other Lancers shared a 65kW 1.5L engine (GL), 77kW 1.6L EFI engine (GLXi hatch) or 86kW 1.8L EFI engine (GLXi sedan and coupe, EL and GLi/Executive wagon, and luxury SEi sedan).
The 1.5L unit offered a three-speed auto option to the standard five-speed manual gearbox, while a four-speed auto was available on the larger engines.
In May ’95 power steering became standard across the range, ahead of a minor facelift.
Interestingly, although the CC range was replaced in Mitsubishi’s line-up by the redesigned CE series from July ’96, it has lived on as the Malaysian-built Proton Wira/Persona in four-door sedan and unique CC five-door hatchback guise, and as the three-door Satria hatchback.
The latter is the three-door Mitsubishi CC Mirage series from 1991-’95, not sold here.
Meanwhile, the CC wagon carried on virtually unchanged as the CE wagon.
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Mitsubishi 1992 Lancer GSR AWD sedan