22 December 2004

Mitsubishi is bringing its biggest-selling passenger car in Europe to the UK. The Focus-rivalling Lancer, upon which the rally-bred Evo is loosely based, is slightly smaller than the outgoing Carisma hatch and will be launched as a saloon and estate next February. Prices will start from £9999 for the entry-level, 96bhp 1.6-litre saloon, as Mitsubishi tries to attract some of the buyers lost to the fast-growing Kia and Hyundai brands.

There’s a £500 premium for the estate, which is expected to take around two-thirds of sales, and another £500 for the four-speed auto, only available with the 1.6-litre engine. All cars get 15-inch alloys, metallic paint, air-con, CD player, rear spoiler and front fog lights. The range-topping 133bhp 2.0-litre Lancer Sport estate pitches in at £12,000, complete with Momo steering wheel and sports front seats, 16-inch alloys, CD autochanger and lowered suspension.

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