- The Washington Times - Friday, June 6, 2008

Mitsubishi’s 2009 Lancer is now upgraded. This compact sports sedan is built on the Mitsubishi’s global platform, and comes in three trims; the modest fuel-efficient DE, the graciously equipped mid trim ES and the sport-tuned performance GTS, with a new, more powerful engine.

All Lancers are front-wheel drive and all trims come with color-keyed door handles and side mirrors, with auto-off halogen headlights to highlight a sleek, sporty design. Some family resemblance appears with the Lancer’s tapered, shark-nosed front end and chrome grille framing. A rear spoiler and chrome exhaust cap finish the aesthetics of the GTS trim.

Each trim has its own interior material and trim accent contrasts to compliment the interior. A rounded dash sports individually hooded analog gauges, with a center digital cluster.

Lancer DE and ES trims come equipped with a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine paired with a 5-speed manual shift transmission, or an optional CVT.

The performance-minded GTS comes with a new 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine delivering 168-horsepower and paired a manual transmission or optional Continuously Variable Transmission, with Sportronic steering wheel paddle shifters.

The GTS model also comes with a beefier, sport-tuned suspension along with a front strut tower brace.

The ES and GTS trims come standard with anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution, both of which are optional for the DE trim level. DE versions get standard 16 inch steel wheels, with 16 inch alloys on the ES.

The sport tuned GTS comes standard with 18 inch alloy wheels.

All models come with a standard safety package that includes front side-impact and side-curtain air bags, driver knee air bag, front passenger occupant sensor, and tire pressure monitoring system.

All come with power windows and folding side mirrors, auto-off halogen headlights, tilt steering column, and 4-speaker audio system with MP3 capability; GTS’s have a 6-speaker audio system.

ES also gets standard height-adjustable driver’s seat, steering wheel with Bluetooth pre-wiring, steering wheel mounted cruise and audio controls.

The GTS package adds fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, sport bucket seats, sport-tuned suspension and a rear spoiler, as well as standard Bluetooth Hands-free cell phone wiring, with voice recognition.

A 30 GB hard drive navigation system with touch screen and digital music server is available.

An available Sun and Sound Package for the ES and GTS trims features a 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system, power glass sunroof, Sirius satellite radio with a six month complimentary subscription and Mitsubishi’s FAST key.

Equipping the ES with a Sport Package brings a large rear spoiler, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a chrome exhaust cap.

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