Next-Gen Mitsubishi Lancer Could be Developed In-House

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Mitsubishi is getting ready to develop the next-generation Lancer on its own.

Previous reports indicated the new Lancer was being built in partnership with Renault, but that will not be the case. The Japanese automaker confirmed to WardsAuto that it is in discussions with another automaker for a partnership, but Mitsubishi has also begun in-hose work on a new Lancer. “We are talking with a potential partner at this time, at the same time we’re doing an internal design of the vehicle,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice-president for Mitsubishi Motors North America. “We’re running parallel because we cannot wait any longer to see if a partnership will work out. If it falls through then we’re another year behind.”

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It is believed that the other automaker Mitsubishi is speaking with is Nissan, although if a partnership is formed this year, the next-generation Lancer would still be 18 months to two years away from production . The current model has been on the market since the 2008 model year and most of its competitors have already been redesigned at least once since the current-generation Lancer’s introduction.

Lancer sales are up 27.1 percent through May, but it is far outpaced by the segment-leading Toyota Corolla. For comparison’s sake, the Lancer has sold 9,367 units through May 2015 while the Corolla has seen 159,486 leave dealership lots.

[Source: WardsAuto]

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  • Andy

    Damn, atleast another 2 years away!? At least Mistu is getting off their asses and trying to get the ball rolling. Wonder what they will do in the meantime to stall until the new model arrives. Maybe sell the Lancers below msrp to undercut the competition?

  • Eric Cameron

    Could very well do that. Fortunately, the Lancer exterior has withstood the sands of time and still looks modern to this day. That interior though…

  • craigcole

    Good luck, Mitsubishi, but this is a tough row to hoe. I think you guys *need* a partner for a product like this. The market is far too competitive; anything less than an excellent small car will flop. I question whether you’re big enough to deliver that on your own.

  • Eric Cameron

    Completely agree with you on that one. It’s a tough business in this market now. I don’t think people are swayed by the 10 year warranty on their vehicles either, so they definitely have to knock this new compact out of the park. The Mirage was a little ripple in a pond that failed to create a tsunami.

    Heck, even large companies like FCA have failed at creating a compact sedan worthy of selling to the masses at large…*cough* Dart *cough*