Mitsubishi planning new Lancer for next decade
While vehicle manufacturers are pushing hard to fill every crevice in the crossover and SUV landscape, the humble passenger car is being pushed out of contention.
Ford has gone so far as to axe every passenger car excluding the Mustang in the North American market, and it wouldn’t surprise us to learn that other manufacturers are considering a similar move.
In an interview with Australian media, Mitsubishi corporate vice-president of product strategy Vincent Cobee says that while 35 to 37 per cent of the global market is taken by SUVs and crossovers, there are still between 40 to 50 million traditional passenger cars being sold.
Mitsubishi wants to cater to those sales, with another higher-up in the Japanese company, Trevor Mann, saying development on a successor to the 2012 Mirage has already started. It will likely use the CMF-B platform, shared across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. It will underpin the upcoming Nissan Juke and Renault Clio replacements.
Meanwhile, a new Lancer will ride on the larger CMF-C platform. Details on that car are rarer than hen's teeth, sorry. With any luck, it won’t be reborn as an SUV, like the Evolution could be.