2020 Mitsubishi Evo Lancer, Evolution, Brochure – What we have here are new photos of the next-generation Grand Lancer that will hit the Chinese, Taiwanese, and few other Asian markets. The Lancer is not so popular in Europe, but the Japanese automaker has decided to try out the model in other parts of the world.
The Grand Lancer is a European-specs Lancer with a different interior and exterior. The new bodywork includes Mitsubishi’s latest “Dynamic Shield” front grille, a sharper rear end, and a boomerang-shaped crease on the sides.
2020 Mitsubishi Evo DESIGN Exterior
The exterior appearance is mostly the same. The Lancer has seen some minor tweaks here and there but nothing major, it’s the same design from almost ten years ago when this generation was unveiled. Regarding competitiveness, it hasn’t kept its edge over the rivals. The robust and sharp design is still there, but the competitors have improved and upped the game so much that without a significant facelift it still looks mundane. Credits where credits are due, however, it’s still undoubtedly a lot better than the old generation it replaced.
The significant changes here are present at the front and rear fascia. The grille at the front has chromed surroundings and is flanked by the brand-new LED daytime running lights. There are a couple more color options which have been added to the color palette, but none of them are new, just a variation of the already known black, gray, blue, red and white. The most used colors for virtually any vehicle model. The addition of few more colors would be a massive change since it would be possible to distinguish it further and make it a lot more attractive option for potential buyers in the segment.
Elsewhere there are standard aluminum alloys and fog lights across the entire line-up, something that was extra previously. Hey, it may not be much, but every little thing adds up. It’s certainly getting there, but we feel like the Lancer is far beyond fixing with just a few simple tweaks. Mitsubishi needs an all-new generation, but with the current state of the world’s and economy, it’s unlikely that we’ll get to see that anytime soon. That doesn’t bode well for the Lancer or the 2020 Mitsubishi Evo for that matter. On top of that, we need to add the recent acquisition that Nissan made; they bought a significant chunk of actions.
2020 Mitsubishi Evo Interior
The interior continues the same trend of disappointment at this point. It’s not that it’s super sick, but the lack of features makes it antique to the competitors. Never mind direct rivals, most modern city cars costing a lot less than the Lancer have more equipment. You know a car is necessary when a tilt-adjustable steering column is one of the things listed as standard. I mean what’s next, a standard steering wheel? Come on Mitsubishi, step up your game. Either offer something else or don’t mention stuff that indeed shouldn’t be said. It is 2016, of course, things like seatbelts and an adjustable steering column are going to be standard.
One slightly redeeming feature is the improved infotainment system. It now has a standard Bluetooth feature (it took them long enough), and it’s a bit better to use. As for the rest of the cabin, it’s the same as the one introduced in 2007 which is saying something. Remember when we told the Lancer feels an entire generation behind the rest? We weren’t kidding; we meant it.
Thankfully the fabric for the seats is a bit better than before, and the large screen dominating the center stack is better than ever. There’s no denying this still feels like an economy car thanks to the cheap and harsh plastics scattered everywhere throughout the cabin, but if you know the Lancer, you’re already used to that.
2020 Mitsubishi Evo Engine
The hood hides the same 2.0-liter engine developing just 148 hp. It is standard on the Lancer model, but a 2.4-liter is available on the higher trim levels as well as the Lancer GT. It’s slightly better developing 168 horsepower but still nothing to write home about. Both are kind of old engines, surpassed by much better, turbocharged units which are not only smaller and more efficient but faster and lighter too. Not to mention more reliable.
The engines send power via a CVT gearbox, but there is a manual option (five-speed) for the base model and the GT. Force is transmitted to the front wheels in standard guise but can be redirected to all four should you get the Lancer with all-wheel drive.
If you do want AWD, you will have to go for the CVT gearbox as well, making the manual and AWD a non-viable option. Real shame. Lancer and CVT, who would want that combo? The 2020 Mitsubishi Evo was a fire-spitting monster, popping on upshifts and crackling on downshifts. It was super quick thanks to its 4WD system and was generally praised as a rally car for the road. The road going standard Lancer these days is anything but. It’s merely a shadow of its former glory. It’s dull to drive, and although it gets the job done, it’s a far cry from being a driver’s car.
2020 Mitsubishi Evo Price
Should you still want, one base price starts at $17,600. If you are a hardcore fan, you will buy it and then spend few extra grand to get it properly tuned. This is something we could see many times and could hear many positives about this. For other people, this is not an option, and because of that, we do not predict bright future for the 2020 Mitsubishi Evo