At last . . . Mitsubishi gets a diesel for Lancer saloon
It has waited a long time for it but Mitsubishi finally has a diesel engine for its Lancer saloon.
It will make all the difference.
The 1.8-litre pegs road tax to €156 and squeezes fuel consumption to 5.3l/100km (53mpg).
The Japanese-built motor will cost €22,995 ex-works. That appears to be a bit stiff, but the company has packed in a lot of equipment and steered away, thankfully, from a whole lot of confusing spec levels.
And there is a three-year/100,000km warranty.
Standard equipment includes air con; 16-inch alloys; Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition; cruise control and multi-function leather steering wheel; nine airbags (including one for driver's knees); electronic traction control; front fogs; and an emergency stop signal system.
The new 150bhp 1.8-litre diesel pairs up with a six-speed gearbox and embraces the company's variable valve timing system, which Mitsubishi claims is a world first for a diesel engine in a passenger car.
A long time coming but sounds like it might have been worth the wait.
We'll just have to wait and see.
Mitsubishi expects to sell 700 next year.