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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer (ES, DE, GTS, Ralliart) review


The new 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer mid-size sports sedan

Mitsubishi's versatile and stylish Lancer mid-size sports sedan lineup gains numerous materials and amenities upgrades for the 2012 model year. But the most significant change is the introduction of a new low-priced Lancer model that offers the convenience and performance all-wheel drive.
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New for the 2012 model year is the Mitsubishi Lancer SE, an affordably priced model that includes the company’s famed All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive system. Specially designed for the Snowbelt states, the SE includes heated front seats and side view mirrors; 16-inch alloy wheels; upgrade dark silver instrument panel trim and unique black and beige trim seating fabric; and a chrome lower grille. Powering the SE is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine connected to a smooth-operating continuously-variable transmission (CVT).
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The entry-level Lancer DE model is packed with a long list of standard equipment including a sensuous sounding 4 speaker, 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with digital signal processor, speed-compensated volume and equalization control; power door locks and windows with driver-side auto down/up; anti-theft engine immobilizer; remote keyless entry; auto-off halogen headlamps with DRLs. And while the DE may be the lowest-priced model and the Lancer lineup, the vehicle includes such stylish touches as chrome-trimmed A/C outlet knobs, a blacked-out front grille and stylish side air dams.
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The Lancer DE features a new wheel cover design for its 16-inch rims for 2012 and is powered by the venerable 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) that makes a full 148 horsepower, accompanied by a rifle bolt-smooth 5-speed manual transmission.
The best-selling Lancer ES features all of the content included on the DE, but adds further quality amenities. New for the very economical and efficient ES model this year is a redesigned 16-inch wheel cover for the base model along with improved interior fabric and instrument panel trim. A Deluxe Package available on the ES futures handsome touches including a chrome lower grille section and improved door trim.
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Adding to the Lancer DE and ES model’s outstanding value is the impressive highway fuel economy that these feature-packed versions have to offer with an EPA-rated 34 mpg.
The sporty 2012 Lancer GT (formerly the GTS model) gains numerous new luxury and appearance upgrades including the addition of the eye-catching front fascia from the Lancer Ralliart, redesigned interior fabric and gloss-black instrument panel trim and a fresh new 18-inch alloy wheel design. Furthermore, the Touring Package now features a handy backup camera with a monitor built into the auto-dimming rearview mirror (optional navigation system also includes backup camera).
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The 2012 Lancer GT’s stout 168 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine comes with a crisp-shifting 5-speed manual as standard, with a high-tech continuously variable transmission (CVT) with INVEC-III and Sportronic® shifting with magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters is also available. Standard features on the GT include sport front bucket seats, automatic climate control and a rear spoiler.
For exceptional athleticism in high-style, the outstanding Lancer Ralliart includes many of the advanced performance technologies equipped on Mitsubishi’s remarkable Lancer Evolution exotic car. These include full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC) with Active Center Differential (ACD) and front helical limited-slip differential, rear limited-slip differential and Hill Start Assist (HSA). The Lancer Ralliart delivers a power-packed turbocharged punch of 237 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled MIVEC-equipped inline-4 engine and rapid-shifting 6-speed automated manual Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) – essentially a slightly detuned version of the incredible Lancer Evolution’s exceptional drivetrain.
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Like the Lancer GT, the 2012 Lancer Ralliart receives an upgraded interior fabric and gloss-black instrument panel trim, along with a backup camera with rearview mirror monitor for the Touring Package (optional navigation system also includes backup camera).
A full complement of Mitsubishi safety technologies are found on every Lancer model sold including advanced dual-stage front air bags with occupant seat position sensor; side-impact head protection curtain air bags (front and rear); front seat-mounted side air bags; driver's side knee air bag; anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL); and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
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Key Specifications
Wheelbase: 103.7 in.
Length: 180.0 in.
Height: 58.7 in.
Width: 69.4 in.
Engine: 2.0-liter aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 148 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 146 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission or continuously-variable transmission (CVT)
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Major Standard Features (2.0L DE)
140-Watt AM/FM/CD audio system with digital signal processing, MP3 playback capability and four speakers
Electric assist power steering
Adjustable rear head restraints (x3)
Anti-theft engine immobilizer
Auto-off halogen headlamps with DRLs
Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, curtain side air bags, driver's knee air bag, and front seat mounted side-impact air bags
Power windows and folding side view mirrors
Side air dam
RISE chassis construction
Tilt-adjustable steering column
Trunk lid inner trim
Remote keyless entry
Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Active Stability Control (ASC)
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2.0L ES model adds over DE:
16-inch alloy wheels
Electric assist power steering
60:40 split folding rear seat with folding armrest and cupholders
Air conditioning with micron cabin air filtration
Anti-theft security alarm system
Center floor console box with armrest
Chrome grille, color-keyed outer door handles and side view mirrors
Floor mats
Front map lamps
Height-adjustable driver’s seat
Rear seat heater floor ducts
MP3/auxiliary stereo input jack
Steering wheel-mounted illuminated cruise and audio control switches
SE model adds over ES:
Full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC)
2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine
Continuously-variable transmission (CVT)
Heated front seats and side mirrors
Chrome lower grille and rear badge
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Key Specifications - Lancer GT
Engine: 2.4-liter aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 168 bhp @ 6,000 rpm (161 bhp PZEV in Calif.)
Torque: 167 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual or CVT with 6-step Sportronic ® mode using magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters
2.4L GT model adds over ES:
18-in. alloy wheels
FUSE HandsFree Link System™
6-speaker audio system
Automatic climate control system
Chrome exhaust finisher
Fog lights
Front air dams
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Leather-wrapped parking brake
High-contrast multi-color LCD instrument display
Rear spoiler
Sport bucket seats (front)
Sportronic steering wheel-mounted magnesium shifter paddles (with optional continuously-variable transmission)
Sport-tuned suspension and including front strut tower brace
Key specifications - Lancer Ralliart
Engine: 2.0-liter inline 4 DOHC MIVEC; intercooled/turbocharged
Horsepower: 237 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 253 @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission: TC-SST automated manual with magnesium steering column-mounted shifter paddles
Wheels: 18 x 7.5 in. cast alloy
Tires: 215/45R18 Yokohama ADVAN asymmetrical performance tires
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Turbo Ralliart model adds over GT:
Full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC) with Active Center Differential (ACD)
Front helical and rear mechanical limited-slip differentials
Hill Start Assist (HSA)
FUSE HandsFree Link System™
FAST-key with panic feature
Premium sport fabric seating surfaces
Leather-wrapped sport type steering wheel
Leather-wrapped shift knob with shift boot
Dual exhaust with finisher
Aluminum hood with heat extractor vent
Chrome side lower door molding
Lancer Options:
Alloy Wheel Package (ES model) adds: 16-in. alloy wheels and Rear disc brakes.
Deluxe Package (must combine Alloy Wheel Package) adds: FUSE HandsFree Link System™; Power glass sunroof; FAST-key entry system; Leather-wrapped steering wheel; USB port.
GTS Touring Package adds: Leather seating surfaces & shift knob with front seat heaters; 710-Watt Rockford-Fosgate® Punch ® Premium Sound System including 10-in. subwoofer; SIRIUS® satellite radio with 3-month paid service; 6 CD/MP3 in-dash head unit; Auto-off Bi-Xenon HID headlamps; Rain-sensing wipers; Auto on/off headlamp control; Power glass sunroof; Rear lip spoiler (replaces rear wing spoiler).
Ralliart touring package adds: Leather seating surfaces with front seat heaters; 710-Watt Rockford-Fosgate® Punch ® Premium Sound System including 10-in. subwoofer; 6 CD/MP3 in-dash head unit; Auto-off Bi-Xenon HID headlamps; Rain-sensing wipers; Auto on/off headlamp control; Power glass sunroof; Rear lip spoiler (replaces rear wing spoiler).
Port Option Packages:
Navigation Package (ES, GTS, Ralliart models) adds: 40GB HDD-based navigation system with Music Server, Real Time Traffic (lifetime at no cost) and a 7-in. touch-screen display that replaces the standard audio head unit.
Sport Aero Package (DE and ES models) adds: Rear wing spoiler; Front air dam; Exhaust finisher; Fog lights.
Sport Accent Package (ES and GTS models) adds: Black upper grille; Black front bumper film; Rear diffuser.
Popular Equipment Package I (ES and GTS models) adds: Alloy fuel door; Aluminum scuff plates; Trunk mat; Wheel locks.
Popular Equipment Package II (DE model) adds: Alloy fuel door; Aluminum scuff plates; Trunk mat.
Chrome Package (ES and GTS models) adds: Chrome lower grille garnish; Chrome mirror covers; Chrome trunk trim; Chrome door handle covers.
Interior Sport Package (ES, GTS and Ralliart models) adds: Aluminum shift knob; Aluminum brake grip.

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