It was a sad day when Mitsubishi announced they were discontinuing the Lancer, but as we learned with the Eclipse, the brand has a way of resurrecting new and improved versions of its discontinued vehicles. So too will be the case for the Lancer, as it has been announced that the brand will be turning the Mitsubishi Lancer into a high-riding crossover.
Mitsubishi already teased the idea of a crossover Lancer last year with its e-Evolution concept, which showed off a futuristic shape and distinct coupe design. Hints from Mitsubishi’s chief operating officer and chief designer imply that the Lancer may take the form of the e-Evolution concept.
Looking towards the future, the brand expects demands for the hatchback and crossover SUV segments to continue to grow. COO Trevor Mann said of Mitsubishi’s plans “We believe we have a solution that could fit the segment. [The segment’s] numbers are still expanding in China, so there’s appeal. And I think because the segment is so large globally, we’ve got to take a look at it.”
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“Just because it’s C-segment, it doesn’t mean it has to be a very conventional hatchback. Maybe we can create a new type of hatchback vehicle. We’re thinking quite radically.” – Tsunehiro Kunimoto, Chief Designer
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We also expect to see the new Lancer replacement to utilize hybrid technology and a Renault-Nissan Alliance platform.
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