The new 'MITSU' Lancer EX - The 9th Generation Lancer
What better way to experience a new city than in the passenger seat of a luxury vehicle. Windows down, cozying into the leather seat and stereo blaring – thank you, Mitsubishi for providing a demo unit of the 2011 Lancer to Carsanook! Magazine so I could take my first drive through Bangkok in style!
The Lancer is a high-power sports sedan that is the perfect car for this generation of families. Our demo unit was "elephant white" with a smooth, black leather interior and many luxury touches such as an all-leather steering wheel, not plastic. It’s more spacious than previous models and with a 1.8 liter engine, fast and good on gas. The Lancer is a great travel vehicle. In fact, I wouldn’t mind taking it for a weekend getaway to the beach!
But, first thing first: I’m a new resident of Bangkok and learning to navigate – especially in that abysmal traffic – is most important! We took the Lancer on an afternoon cruise to become acquainted with the "Big Mango."
Bangkok is a city of old and new, which we wanted our journey to reflect. We started in K Village, a neighborhood lifestyle mall on Sukhumvit Soi 26. K-Village opened last year and is comprised of cafes, restaurants and high-end fashion boutiques. This location is the epitome of contemporary Bangkok – a consumer’s paradise, a place to fill shopping bags, grab lattes and get out of the blistering heat. K-Village is also a well-known hangout of local celebrities. We even saw the award-winning director of "Insee Daeng (Red Eagle)" Wisit Sasanatieng lounging out with his laptop at Gloria Jean’s coffee!
Next, we traveled to "old" Bangkok. Close by, in the Khlong Toey district (close to my workplace, the Bangkok Post!) is the upstream port connecting to the Chao Phraya River. Since as early as the ninth century, this was Thailand’s only major port for sea transportation of cargo. It was an image of a different time and place: worn cargo boxes being piled high into the air while ancient, gigantic boats are pulling into the pier. In the distance, there were many speedboats in the distance with tourists loafing about on the deck.
It’s an interesting contrast between the old and new. Bangkok is a city that will stand the test of time.
Security was tight, so we didn’t stay too long there. Apparently, the port didn’t always used to be like this. Perhaps it has something to do with the political tension earlier this year? It seems like everywhere in Bangkok the strings of precaution have tightened.
This was just a taste of the Bangkok well-known to Thai locals. There are many tourist spots, temples and mega-shopping malls I will have to check out sooner than later. But right now, I am more excited than ever to explore.
Likewise, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is an adventure in itself. Allow yourself to indulge in the experience; it will be well worth it!
Mitsubishi Lancer EX 1.8 GL
The all-new Lancer EX is the ninth-generation Lancer. The popular C-segment sedan is powered by either an E85-compatible 139hp 1.8-liter or E20-compliant 154hp 2.0-liter engine, both equipped with CVT transmission including six-speed manual mode.