All full of aspiration
The Lancer range continues to maintain its position in the top 10, writes Paul Pottinger
ATOP 10 sales finisher in 2010, the three-year-old CJ series Lancer continues to rate with those who want four cylinders but must have four doors, just like a ‘‘real’’ family car.
There’s a Lancer hatch, too, but the sedan’s the one you tend to see on the street.
This makes sense, especially for a Mitsubishi man for whom the brand’s V6 family car is a lamented casualty of the times.
The Aspire, which sits atop the naturally aspirated Lancer range ( there are the turbocharged Ralliarts, and, ultimately, the Evolution series), is a sort of down-sized Verada to the lesser Lancer’s mini Magna.
But with its barmy boy racer bits, the VRX, which is priced fractionally beneath the Aspire, is a sort of faux Evo for half the money and a fraction of the ability.
A LARGE helping of fruit and a smart sticker price see the VRX right among the top echelons of its mainly Japanese, small-to-medium sized rivals. Buyers of lesser variants are encouraged to stretch that bit further financially.