Monday, July 13, 2009

Mitsubishi Lancer Test Drive

Jimisar Autotrade Sdn Bhd. launched it's Mitsubishi 3S centre last weekend. Located at Lot 5364, Block 16, KCLD, Jalan Sherif Masahor (opposite Jalan Hup Kee), the new 3S showroom is one of the most prominent motor showrooms in Kuching.

A: Jimisar selling Honda cars
B: Jimisar selling Mitsubishi cars

Me and my sidekick, Allen went to visit this showroom. Partly I also wanted to test drive the not so new Mitsubishi Lancer.

Lancer 2.0GT

The impressive showroom features customer friendly facilities such as spacious showroom, customer lounge with free WiFi connection and Astro, discussion corner, fully equipped service center and dedicated delivery bay (which was still being painted when we were there last weekend), all designed for customer comfort and convenience.

And during the 4 days promo period, they also set up a driving simulator for interested customers and their kids to hone their driving skills.

Ok, back to Lancer. The Mitsubishi Lancer that we get here in Malaysia is the CBU version, in other words it's directly imported from Japan. So the version that we have here is definitely same as the ones Japanese drive on their roads! Cool?

Actually the Lancer comes in two variation, the GLS version and the sportier GT version. According to the brochure and spec sheet, the only difference between the two variations are the GT comes with 18" alloy rims, black leather interior, "badder" spoiler.

I only got to test-drive the GLS version as the GT version is only for display purposes in the showroom.

But nonetheless I enjoyed myself throughout the brief but sweet test drive session (which only lasted 3 minutes). The sales officer who entertained us told me that due to some company policy, the pre-determined test drive route is between the BDC and Hui Sing Garden roundabouts. I was a little hesitant when I maneuvered out of the premise of the showroom, but once I got past the first roundabout... hahaha...the devil in me surfaced.

Down with the accelerator and going through the shift paddles were FUN! Well to say it's fun would be an understatement. Exhilarating is the more appropriate word. Before I knew it, I was up to 150km/h. Despite all that, I do feel that the car a little heavy overall and could improve on the handling. As I was busy driving, Allen who sat beside me snapped away with his 50D.

The cockpit

Plush ventilated leather seats which can hold any butts firmly

Polka dots

I would definitely prefer the GT version compared to the GLS version but the price difference between these 2 variants is a whopping RM8500. Well, the extras in the GT does not justify that extra money we have to pay to get it. So I think I will just settle for the GLS version (that is if I can afford to get one at all).

For the time being, I will just have to settle with this

Took this shot while I was in Ho Chi Minh City last year. I am sure this will be a real head-turner.


vell said...

Yo.. Bro change your car liao... said...

wow... never had the chance...

Louis said...

[vell] u pay i drive? thank u. :P

[tmot] wanna test drive my 70 year old tanker?

allen said...

your shot nice leh.. :P

yinkoon said...

i like the tank part. take that on the road no policeman will give u a summon. =P

if they block the road just rolled their proton over and over again. =)

Louis said...

[allen] thank youssss... where are your shots. post them up liao. :)show'em the power of 50D.

[yinkoon] hahaha...exactly. i saw once in top gear or fifth gear, they featured a celebrity who actually owns a private tanker. damn, it's more badass than a Hummer.

allen said...

my shots not so nice leh. :-s
no feel in shooting car. LOL!

Louis said...

[allen] ok...maybe we go test drive honda civic one of these weekends. :)