Lancer

1973

Lancer

The Lancer is a compact passenger car launched in February 1973. It is named after a soldier of the cavalry regiment armed with a lance in the knightly age in Europe. The styling was aerodynamically oriented, giving the Lancer a long low "aero nose" with superior drag characteristics, a tumblehome, and wide turn-under proportion. It used a strong and safe monocoque body structure. The Lancer was powered by engines using Mitsubishi Clean Air technology and was the first 1973 model to be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as using a low-pollution engine. With tilt-adjust steering column, a 45 L fuel tank, all-season ventilation, disc brakes and vacuum booster assist for the master cylinder, the Lancer offered fatigue-free driving and reliability even on longer trips. In August 1973, the Lancer 1600GSR powered by the twin carburetor engine (110 PS) joined the lineup. In 1974, this model was piloted to overall victory in its debut Safari Rally by "Flying Sikh" Joginder Singh. The Lancer with its strong and lightweight body went on to notch up victory after victory against its more powerful rivals and vividly stamped the Mitsubishi name on the world rally scene.

Overall length 3960mm
Overall width 1525mm
Overall height 1360mm
Engines 1.2L / 1.4L / 1.6L