Lancer

1988

Lancer

The 5-door hatchback Lancer launched in June 1988 was the successor to the model sold as the Lancer EX and the Lancer Fiore in Japan. While presenting a three-box silhouette distinguished by its 3-dimensional wrap around rear window, the Lancer was in fact a 5-door hatchback sedan in which the large trunk lid and rear window opened together. The engine lineup comprised five units: 1.3L, 1.5L, 1.6L DOHC, 1.6L DOHC turbo and 1.8L diesel. Though derived from the Mirage body, the Lancer had attractive exclusive body lines similar to the styling language employed on the Galant. True to its “active sedan” development theme, the Lancer was equipped with many high-performance and high-function features including: a 145PS 1.6 L intercooled turbo engine, full-time four-wheel drive with viscous coupling center differential, dual-mode suspension that allowed the driver to switch between a handling/stability bias and ride comfort, as well as split double-action rear seats that folded down to produce a flat surface into the trunk. The Lancer also adopted measures to prevent the driver-induced misoperation problems affecting automatic transmission that had become a social issue from around 1987 and included an ignition key interlock, a shift lock button and a "reverse selected" audible alert.

Overall length 4235 mm
Overall width 1670 mm
Overall height 1405 mm
Engines 1.3 L, 1.5 L, 1.6 L, 1.6 turbo, 1.8 L diesel