Lancer Celeste

1975

Lancer Celeste

Introduced as the successor to the Galant Coupe FTO in March 1975, the Lancer Celeste took its place in the lineup as the coupe variant of the first-generation Lancer, the Celeste designation coming from the Latin for blue sky. Addressing consumer demand at the time for convenient and versatile cars, the Lancer Celeste used a hatchback design in which a large rear gate was added to the fastback back-window. The model was distinguished by its beautiful and high-performance styling with its low aerodynamic drag born of numerous wind tunnel evaluations. The roomy trunk space could be expanded into a very spacious compartment with luxurious carpeting by lowering the rear seatback. The Lancer Celeste was first offered with 1.4 L and 1.6 L engines, the 1600 MCL-GL unit having clearing Japan's 1975 emission regulations. On its launch, the synergy between the Lancer's performance in rallies and Lancer Celeste's styling caught the hearts and minds of younger drivers while the practicality of the hatchback gate attracted the family consumer group. In June 1979 the 2.0 L engine was added to the lineup and the compact body-plus-large capacity engine formula saw it gain popularity in the United States, particularly among young women drivers.

Overall length 4115mm
Overall width 1610mm
Overall height 1340mm
Engines 1.4L / 1.6L