Lancer EX

1979

Lancer EX

The second-generation Lancer was developed to an "optimized size, optimized quality" concept and launched in April 1979. It was given the EX designation, for Exceed, to signify that it literally went beyond conventional models in its class. With clean styling composed of straight lines and flat surfaces, the Lancer EX used a hexagonal body cross-section that gave it larger windows and more interior space. It was initially offered with MCA-JET system engines. Also new was the 4-link rear suspension and more responsive steering. In October 1981, an 1.8L turbo model, later to be affectionately known as the "LanTurbo", was introduced. Using an engine with electronically controlled fuel injection and a TC05 turbocharger made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, this high-performance model developed 135 PS and accelerated from 0 to 400 m in 16.0 seconds. The stripe on the oversize front airdam skirt bore the letters TURBO in mirror writing that the driver in front would read the right way round in their rearview mirror as the Lancer EX Turbo closed in from behind.

Overall length 4225mm
Overall width 1620mm
Overall height 1395mm
Engines 1.4L / 1.6L