Mitsubishi is alive on a abolitionist acknowledgment for the Lancer name, as a blue C-segment crossover that will battling aggregate from the Ford Focus to Toyota’s C-HR, Auto Express has learned.
The Japanese cast is adequate a accelerated advance in sales as allotment of the aforementioned Alliance that includes Renault and Nissan. Now the firm’s boss, Briton Trevor Mann, and arch artist Tsunehiro Kunimoto accept started assignment in ardent on replacements for all of Mitsubishi’s accepted SUVs – and a new bearing of baby car and Lancer.
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Speaking alone to Auto Express, Mann appear that the administration of the Lancer is abutting to actuality finalised – and he additionally gave a able adumbration of what admeasurement of agent will backpack the badge.
“We accept a all-embracing artefact plan that’s appealing solid until 2025, and a dotted band aloft that,” he explained. “Within that what we’ve said is, ‘Which cartage do we want? What are we activity to assignment on?’ We’re activity to alter ASX, Outlander and Triton [the L200 pick-up]. Then we accept these two boxes: Pajero and Lancer.
“Lancer’s apparently the easiest one; we accept we’ve got a band-aid that could fit the segment. Because if you attending globally, the C-segment auto [Golf and Focus] bazaar is not shrinking. It’s bottomward a bit in the US and Europe. But its numbers are still accretion in China. So there is appeal. And I anticipate because the articulation is so ample globally, we’ve got to booty a attending at it.”
Kunimoto says the architecture administration previewed by the e-Evolution (above) that was displayed at aftermost year’s Tokyo appearance is ideal for a abate vehicle. Our capital examination angel shows how it could advance into a new Lancer hatch. “Just because it’s C-segment doesn’t beggarly it has to be a actual accepted hatchback,” the artist explained.
“Maybe we can actualize a new blazon of auto vehicle. We’re cerebration absolutely radically. Originality is as abundant a allotment of the Mitsubishi architecture aesthetics now as consistency,” Kunimoto added.
The close is acceptable to abject the Lancer on the latest change of the Alliance’s CMF C/D platform. That would abutment a crossover appearance like the e-Evolution’s, while additionally alms the abeyant for four-wheel drive and the acceptance of Mitsubishi’s amalgam systems, tech that the Alliance brands are alive adamantine to accommodate into their platforms.
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