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MITSUBISHI-LANSER CEDIA

Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia / "> Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia

In May this year, Japan hosted the presentation of the new model “Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia /”> Mitsubishi Lancer Sedia. As you might guess, the new product is another round in the evolution of the well-known in Europe, and we have the “Lancer.” With only one caveat : this car is intended exclusively for the domestic market, where it replaced the Mirage model, while in Europe they will continue to sell cars of the previous generation by the end of the year, and we will see the new Lancer designed for the Old World no earlier than spring 2001. It will be created on base "Lancer Sedia", but still with differences from a purebred "Japanese". For example, "Lancer Sedia" is equipped with engines with direct fuel injection GDI in volume of 1.5 and 1.8 liters, while in Europe will begin to supply less powerful car with an engine of 1.3 liters. And the appearance of the European version, apparently, will be less pompous.

Despite the increased size, "Lancer Cedia" will give odds to many passenger cars regarding fuel consumption. The secret here is the combination of GDI engines with the INVECS-III CVT transmission, which constantly and smoothly changes the gear ratio depending on driving conditions and loads. This transmission also adapts to the driving style of the driver and allows him to effectively brake the engine.

Even greater opportunities are provided to the owner of the car by the INVECS-III Sport Mode system, which is present only on the Lancer Sedia with a station wagon. With it, the driver can choose one of six fixed gear ratios, wielding the lever just like in a car with a manual gearbox. In addition, the Sport Mode is also provided here - in fact, an analog of the “overdrive” in automatic transmissions. It is curious that the modifications of the "Lancer Sedia" neither with the "automatic" nor with the manual gearbox are provided at all! However, conservative car enthusiasts should not be scared: the usual “mechanics” will also be installed on the European “Lancer”.