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Mitsubishi Lancer GTS 2011

With aggressive, muscular sheetmetal that closely mimics that of the head-turning design of the one-of-a-kind, ultra-high-performance Lancer Evolution sports sedan, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is one of the most stylish 4-doors available in its price segment.

And with four models to choose from - the very affordable Lancer DE, the well-equipped Lancer ES, the more powerful Lancer GTS (all three models featuring front-wheel drive) and the super athletic all-wheel drive Lancer Ralliart - it's no wonder that this sports sedan is the best-selling 4-door in Mitsubishi's expansive model lineup.

With aggressive, muscular sheetmetal that closely mimics that of the head-turning design of the one-of-a-kind, ultra-high-performance Lancer Evolution sports sedan, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is unquestionably one of the most stylish 4-doors available in its price segment.

And with four models to choose from - the very affordable Lancer DE, the well-equipped Lancer ES, the more powerful Lancer GTS (all three models featuring front-wheel drive) and the super athletic all-wheel drive Lancer Ralliart - it's no wonder that this sports sedan is the best-selling 4-door in Mitsubishi's expansive model lineup.

Several key changes take place across the Lancer model lineup for the 2011 model year. The Lancer DE and ES models receive a new advanced fuel-saving technology in the form of new electric assist power steering. The performance-oriented Lancer GTS and Ralliart editions now boast a convenient USB port for plugging in a memory stick or easy iPod ® access, plus this dynamic automotive duo gain Mitsubishi's remarkable FUSE HandsFree Link System™ that allows for hands-free access to Bluetooth®-enabled cell phones, an iPod ®, or a USB drive with the use of simple voice commands.

What's more, every 2011 Lancer model sees its highway fuel economy improve over last year's models, with the Lancer DE & ES increasing to an impressive 33 miles per gallon.

The exceptionally well-engineered global platform underpinning the Lancer sedan has proven to be so robust in both quality and structural rigidity that this chassis serves as the foundation for not only the high-performance Lancer Evolution but also the very popular Mitsubishi Outlander crossover utility vehicle (CUV).

Though it may be low on price, consumers will be pleasantly surprised by the base Lancer DE's standard equipment package that includes a sensuous sounding 4 speaker, 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with digital signal processor, speed compensated volume and equalization control; power door locks and windows with driver-side auto down/up; anti-theft engine immobilizer; remote keyless entry; auto-off halogen headlamps; a blacked-out front grille and stylish side air dams.

The Lancer ES model features all of the content included on the DE but adds further amenities including air conditioning with micron cabin air filtration; a chrome grille, color-keyed outer door handles and side view mirrors; height-adjustable driver's seat; anti-theft security alarm system; a steering wheel with illuminated audio and cruise control switches; 60:40 split folding rear seat with folding armrest and cupholders.

A capable, normally-aspirated 16-valve 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine featuring Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) for optimized power production, improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions that produces a full 152 horsepower (143 bhp PZEV in California) is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission in both the Lancer DE and ES models. A continuously-variable transmission (CVT) is available as an option.

The Lancer GTS sees a 20 horsepower boost in power (to an output of 168 hp) thanks to a larger-displacement 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. A smooth-shifting 5-speed manual gearbox comes standard, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with INVEC-III and Sportronic® shifting with magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters is also available. The GTS adds a slew of upgrades over the ES model including automatic climate control; sport front bucket seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake; 18-in. alloy wheels; rear spoiler and front air dams; FUSE Hands-Free Link System™; chrome exhaust finisher; fog lights; FAST-key; a 6-speaker audio system and a more capable sport-tuned suspension including a front strut tower brace.

At the top of the Lancer performance food chain resides the remarkable Ralliart model, featuring a 237 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled MIVEC-equipped inline-4 engine and rapid-shifting 6-speed automated manual Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST). This Ralliart version of the Lancer is also equipped with many of the advanced active electronic driver aids found on the legendary Lancer Evolution, including full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC) with Active Center Differential (ACD) a front helical limited-slip differential, rear limited-slip differential and Hill Start Assist (HSA) technology that, once the driver removes their foot from the brake pedal, holds the vehicle in a stationary position on a slope for several seconds until the driver depresses the accelerator pedal.

Other thoughtful touches included on the Ralliart are leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, shift knob and shift boot; and aluminum hood with heat extractor vent; chrome side lower door molding; premium sport fabric seating surfaces and Mitsubishi's FAST-key with panic feature.

All Lancer sedans feature a full spectrum of Mitsubishi safety technologies including advanced dual-stage front air bags with occupant seat position sensor; side-impact head protection curtain air bags (front and rear); front seat-mounted side air bags; driver's side knee air bag; anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL); and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Key Specifications – DE and ES
Wheelbase: 103.7 in.
Length: 180.0 in.
Height: 58.7 in.
Width: 69.4 in.
Engine: 2.0-liter aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 152 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 146 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission or continuously-variable transmission (CVT)
EPA Fuel Economy City Hwy
Lancer DE 24 33
Lancer ES (MT) 24 33
Lancer ES (CVT) 25 33

Major Standard Features (2.0L DE)

  • 140-Watt AM/FM/CD audio system with digital signal processing, MP3 playback capability and four speakers
  • Electric assist power steering
  • Adjustable rear head restraints (x3)
  • Anti-theft engine immobilizer
  • Auto-off halogen headlamps
  • Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, curtain side air bags, driver's knee air bag, and front seat mounted side-impact air bags
  • Power windows and folding side view mirrors
  • Side air dam
  • RISE chassis construction
  • Tilt-adjustable steering column
  • Trunk lid inner trim
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Active Stability Control (ASC)
  • Floor mats

 

Mitsubishi Lancer GTS 2011

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