2015 Mitsubishi Lancer gains new CVT, more content

A new CVT highlights the Lancer\'s 2015 model year changes.

An all-new design way back in 2007, the Mitsubishi Lancer is one of the oldest compacts on the market, but a handful of updates for 2015 should spruce up the aging model somewhat.

Chief among the changes is a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a ratio spread that's roughly analogous to a seven-speed automatic. Available with the 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder as a $900 dollar option, replacing the standard five-speed manual, the CVT will likely improve the Lancer's fuel economy, though we'll have to wait for official ratings to be sure.

At present, the CVT-equipped Lancer is rated at 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, figures that put it near the back of pack in terms of segment efficiency.

Other model year news includes the addition of new content in the way of standard features and options packages.

The entry-level Lancer ES benefits from a new Value Package that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, soft-touch upper door panel trim, chrome interior door handles, a reworked instrument cluster display and Mitsubishi's FUSE connectivity system.

The Lancer SE AWC, which brings a 168 horsepower 2.4-liter four and all-wheel-drive, gains all of the kit from the Value Package in addition to a six-speaker sound system a new model-specific front fascia. The Lancer GT benefits from new white contrast seat and door stitching and a new Sun and Sound Package with a sunroof, HID headlights and a nine-speaker, 710-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system.

The Lancer GT receives the aforementioned HID headlights and Rock Fosgate audio setup, while also getting 18-inch dark alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, rain sensing windshield wipers and an auto-dimming rearview mirrors.

All 2015 Lancers gain new heated side view mirrors with turn indicators.

Pricing for the 2015 Lancer, which will continue to be offered in sedan and Sportback bodystyles, has not yet been announced. Exactly what the new model year will hold in store for the Lancer Evolution is also unknown.

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