Next-gen Mitsubishi Lancer design close to being finalised - Report

Apr 23, 2018 - 3:40pm IST | ,   | Sagar Parikh

The current Mitsubishi Lancer dates back to 2007 (Sportback: 2008) and is long overdue for a replacement. Mitsubishi is working on the next-gen Mitsubishi Lancer, and it will soon finalise the future model’s design.

Next-gen Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback rendering
Mitsubishi could introduce the next-gen Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback as a crossover-styled hatchback.

The latest development was revealed by Trevor Mann, COO, Mitsubishi. Speaking to Auto Express, Mr. Mann said: “We’re going to replace ASX, Outlander and Triton.” Then we have these two boxes: Pajero and Lancer,” he added. Mitsubishi’s chief designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto has suggested that the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept from the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show could evolve into the next-gen Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback.

As depicted in the rendering, the next-gen Mitsubishi Lancer hatchback could have an offbeat design. “Just because it’s C-segment doesn’t mean it has to be a very conventional hatchback,” Mr. Kunimoto told the British publication.

“Maybe we can create a new type of hatchback vehicle. We’re thinking quite radically. Originality is as much a part of the Mitsubishi design philosophy now as consistency.”

Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept 2017 Tokyo Motor Show front three quarters
The next-gen Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback could arrive as the production version of the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept.

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The next-gen Mitsubishi Lancer will likely ride on the CMF-C/D platform and share components with other Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance falling in the same class. It is unknown whether Mitsubishi has planned a sedan version for a wider acceptance in markets outside Europe like the USA and China.

[Source: Auto Express]

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