Mitsubishi Lancer Owners Manual
Gearshift lever positions (Manual shift gate)
This position locks the transmission to prevent the vehicle from moving. The engine can be started in this position.
This position is to back up.
► Never shift into the “P” (PARK) or “R” (REVERSE) position while the vehicle is in motion to avoid transmission damage.
At this position the transmission is disengaged. It is the same as the neutral position on a M/T, and should only be used when the vehicle is stationary for an extended length of time during driving, such as in a traffic jam.
► Never move the gearshift lever to the “N” (NEUTRAL) position while driving.
A serious accident could occur since you could accidentally move the lever into
the “P” (PARK) or “R” (REVERSE) position or you will lose engine braking.
► On a gradient the engine should be started in the “P” (PARK) position. Although the engine can be started when the vehicle is in the “N” (NEUTRAL) position if the brake pedal is depressed, for safety reasons, do not start the engine in the “N” (NEUTRAL) position.
► Always keep your right foot on the brake pedal when shifting into or out of “N” (NEUTRAL), to minimize the risk of loss of control.
This position is for normal driving. The transmission automatically selects a suitable gear ratio for your speed and acceleration.
Engine braking is automatically applied when necessary, depending on road conditions.
► Never shift into the “D” (DRIVE) position from the “R” (REVERSE) position while the vehicle is in motion to avoid transmission damage.
► When the engine is cold, upshifts occur at a higher vehicle speed than when
the engine is warm.
This control is performed to quickly warm up the engine. It does not indicate a malfunction.
After the vehicle has been driven for a while, upshifts will occur at the regular engine speeds.