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Remembering The Mitsubishi Cedia In India

Here in India, it takes more than just a car launch to be successful. Well, there were cars in the Indian market that were very promising just not promising enough to top the sales charts. One such vehicle was the Mitsubishi Cedia. It’s difficult to wonder that here in India usually the cars that were meant to be driver’s cars failed the most, pretty strange. Keeping that thought aside, let’s have a look at what was the iconic Mitsubishi Cedia like.


The Mitsubishi Lancer Sucessor

Mitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi Lancer

Before getting started, let’s have a background. In India, Mitsubishi Lancer was among the first sedans from this Japanese carmaker. Though the lancer was a mouth-watering vehicle, because of limited service and relatively higher price tang, Lancer didn’t go through.

Next in the line for India, Mitsubishi launched the Cedia in the country in 2006. Mitsubishi Cedia was essentially a rebadged lancer. But how? Well, Cedia in the international market was badged as Lancer.

Mitsubishi Cedia: The Engine

6 iconic Indian rally stage cars
Mitsubishi Cedia

Engine Specifications

Engine 4-cyl, In-line, 16-valve SOHC 1,999cc Petrol
Power 115ps@5,250rpm
Torque 175Nm@4,250rpm
Transmission 5-speed Manual

Back then under the hood of the Cedia was a big 2.0-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine that was capable of generating a peak power of 115ps. Also, being a longer stoke engine, the engine had a peak torque output of 175Nm. That is a lot for a naturally aspirated engine. Also, this was the very same engine that was used in profession rally racing and rally stages, of course with intensive modifications.

 What were the exterior and interior of Mitsubishi Cedia like?

Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia vs Cedia Sports Front Fascia
Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia vs Cedia Sports Front Fascia

Well at the time of the Cedia’s launch, the sedan was launched with two variants, a conventional Cedia and the other Cedia Sports.

  • There wasn’t much difference in terms of exterior styling except the addition of a boot spoiler in one, you know who. Next, the alloy wheels were a little different this sums everything up.
  • The drastic change was on the inside. Where the conventional Cedia came with a beige interior and the Cedia sports? Yes, you may have guessed it right, it was all black with red accents on the Cedia Sports. The right sporty colors.
  • Next, where the conventional Cedia has a 4-spoke steering wheel, the one in the Cedia Sports was a 3-spoke unit from MOMO.
  • Additionally, the Cedia sports came with aluminum pedals for a premium feel and at that time, both the variants came with a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The system sported Bluetooth connectivity and also navigation. In 2006, are you kidding? That was Mitsubishi.

Soon after due to limited car sales, the sedan was discontinued in 2013. Also, at the time of its launch both the variants, was priced at around Rs. 8 Lakh (ex-showroom).

Let us know in the comment section below, what do you think of this vehicle?

Utkarsh Bhardwaj
Technical Content Strategist at GoMechanic | Big Time Petrolhead with the passion for building cars and driving those beauties.

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