The Lancer from Japanese auto manufacturer Mitsubishi has been around for a time centering in on a decade. The car maker seems to have trust in the automobile that it has decided to roll out the 2017 Mitsubishi Evolution.
A quick look at online sources tells us that this name is practically the opposite of what the manufacturer rolled off the line for the awaiting customers. Despite the Evolution tag in the name of this Mitsubishi Lancer, the car shows little significant change from what its predecessors have offered in terms of aesthetics.
This, however, does not mean that we should sweep this compact sedan under the rug and move on. Offered in four variants, this 2017 Mitsubishi Evolution still manages to hold its own in a field that is littered with compact sedans.
Mitsubishi offers the new 2017 Evo in the form of the ES 2.0 as the base variant. Upgrades include the ES 2.4 AWC, SE 2.4 AWC and the high end SEL 2.4 AWC. The main difference here is the capacity of the power unit and the wheel control.
Exterior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Evolution
According to Mitsubishi, the new 2017 Evolution – also known as the Lancer Evolution – is all classic lines and stunning colors. This is a fact we cannot bring ourselves to refute. One look at this compact sedan and one readily identifies it as a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to the front end of the 2017 Mitsubishi Evo. The hood of the car does not appear to have given the designers any obvious headaches. Just a couple of aerodynamic lines extending back into the A pillars.
The front grill, however, still has that characteristic Lancer appearance. The honeycomb grill is halved by the bumper which extends at the sides to house rather large foglight recesses. The three diamond Mitsubishi insignia adorns this grill.
Automatic on and off halogen lights are standard headlights in the high end trim. These are coupled with LED running lights throughout all the variants. Aesthetically, this comes off as a rather striking look that tends towards a growl-esque appearance.
The side view of this new Mitsubishi Evolution leaves nothing to write home about save for a striking line that floats along the level of the door handles.
The C pillars gently slope and morph into the classic short and sharp rear end that is typical of Lancer Evo. The rear combination tail lights are high mounted and wrap around the side a bit. This leaves the rest of the rear quite bare, but this is the classic Evo look.
The ES 2.0 and the ES 2.4 AWC are fitted with 16 inch two tone alloy wheels whereas the top end pair of variants are given the 18 inchers.
Mitsubishi switches it up a little among the trims when it comes to the power units. Looking at their nomenclature, one can tell how the different variants are wired for power.
The base trim, the ES 2.0, is fitted with a 2 liter dual overhead camshaft engine with 16 valves. The rest of the variants are fitted with a similar engine, the only difference being the displacement which is 2.4 liters.
The 2.4L engine in the top end trims manages to generate a maximum horsepower of 168 at 6000 revs per minute. The torque from this amounts to 167 pound-feet at 4100 revs per minute.
On the other hand, the 2.0L engine in the 2017 Mitsubishi Evolution base variant belches out a maximum 148 horsepower at 6000 rpm as well as torque of 145 pound-feet at 4200 rpm.
The engine in the ES 2.0 is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox as a standard feature. One can, however, opt for the continuous variable transmission which is standard in the rest of the trims.
In the higher three variants, Mitsubishi installed its four wheel drive system known as the All Wheel Control (AWC).
The Interior of the new 2017 Evolution
In an instrumented test conducted by Andrew Wendler, the Mitsubishi Evolution was found to be lacking in the interior quality department. The dash and the central hub of this compact sedan have a fairly large amount of plastic used in them.
This does not give off a classy finish expected of a car that has been around the block for over a decade.
Despite the material quality, however, the cabin of the 2017 Evo still manages to look quite presentable. This is further accentuated by the light filtering in from the sunroof.
To enhance the ambience of this interior, the car makers offer 710 Watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system. This is an option in the low end and top end trim only. As standard, Mitsubishi offers a 4 speaker system for the low end trim pair. The high end pair receive a standard 6 speaker system.
This audio system is linked to a 6.1 inch touch panel display with a rear view camera. This is sure to help when backing out of the driveway or reverse parking.
The accessories also include a FUSE Hands-free Link System. This has Bluetooth as well as a USB port for direct plug in.
The seats in the cabin are basic at best. Just performing their sole purpose of letting you sit. They do not possess the hugging quality that is found in the compact sedan’s competitors.
The Japanese auto manufacturers have a slapped a $17,795 starting price on the ES 2.0. The ES 2.4 AWC starts off at $20,295 whereas the SE 2.4 AWC goes for $21,095.
The top end trim SEL 2.4 AWC starts off at $22,095.
2017 Mitsubishi Evolution Specs
- Wheelbase: 103.7 inches
- Length: 182.1 inches
- Width: 69.4 inches
- Max Speed: 125 miles per hour
- 0-60 mph: 8.0 seconds
- Passenger volume: 5 passengers/94 cubic feet
- Storage volume: 12 cubic feet
- Curb weight: 2888 pounds for ES 2.0 | 3142 pounds for others
- MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: 27mpg city and 34mpg highway for ES 2.0 | 23mpg city and 30mpg highway for others
- Available exterior colors: Alloy Silver, Rally Red, Octane Blue, Labrador Black, Mercury Gray, Diamond White
- Towing capacity: N/A
- Release date