What is it?
This is the Mitsubishi Lancer 1.5 SE, a new entry-level version of the saloon car powered by the 1.5-litre MIVEC VVT engine previously found only at the base of the hatchback range.
It gets a decent amount of standard kit, including 16-inch alloys, curtain and driver's knee airbags, air conditioning, Bluetooth and iPod compatibility.
Mitsubishi claims the modest four-cylinder petrol engine will get the saloon from 0-62mph in 11.6sec, while returning 44mpg combined and emitting 153g/km of CO2.
With the launch of the new Mazda 3 this summer, it was only a matter of time before Mitsubishi decided to prop up the Lancer range with a budget offering. The car was originally intended as a direct competitor to the Mazda's predecessor, and it is no coincidence that the 1.5 SE significantly undercuts the cheapest 3.
What's it like?
Considering the Lancer's generous proportions, and the modest power of the 1.5-litre engine, first impressions of the car are not bad.
Progress around town is predictably leisurely, but the Lancer doesn't feel drastically underpowered at slow speeds. Drive with economy in mind and Mitsubishi's quoted fuel consumption figure is easily attainable.