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Mitsubishi Lancer gets new look, better value for 2016

The front fascia has been restyled with new daytime running lights and a reshaped grille.

Mitsubishi's Lancer has received a facelift and revised option packages for the 2016 model year.

The sedan features a new front fascia with LED daytime running light strips placed in the reshaped foglight surrounds. The bumper has a slightly more angular shape, while the lower grille has been tweaked with less chrome than the 2015 model.

The base price has been increased by a modest $200 to $17,595, however Mitsubishi claims the entry-level Lancer now ships with a much longer list of standard features. The ES trim adds a voice-recognition system, automatic climate control, fog lights, alloy wheels and the new LED DRLs.

Buyers looking for all-wheel drive can step up to the SE trim, while the SEL package adds leather seats, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming mirror, among other features.

The GT variant is the sportiest of the standard Lancers, featuring sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, sunroof, spoiler and a choice between a five-speed manual gearbox or a new-generation continuously variable transmission.

Other changes for 2016 include new seat fabrics, a revamped center console with integrated USB, and Diamond White Pearl and Alloy Silver in the exterior color palette.

The company has not yet announced a specific launch date for the facelifted Lancer.

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