Mitsubishi is planning at least two new sedans built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s latest ‘CMF’ architecture, but it remains unclear if a new Lancer will be among them.
Speaking with TMR in April, Mitsubishi boss Osamu Masuko appeared to confirm that the carmaker had locked in a plan for the next Lancer, but new reports suggest that a decision is still to come.
According to industry paper Automotive News, first cab off the rank will be a new midsized model - possibly a new ‘Galant’, last seen here as the locally-produced 380 - based on the Korean-built Renault Latitude.
The new midsizer will reportedly be aimed specifically at the US, a market that Mitsubishi was previously expected to exit.
A production schedule for that new global Mitsubishi has yet to be locked in, however, and a launch date is yet to be confirmed.
It will need to come soon: launched in September 2007, the CJ Lancer is now the oldest offering in the small car segment.
With no replacement in sight, Mitsubishi will soon need to decide whether to retire or significantly upgrade the current model.
Sales this year of the ageing CJ Lancer are also well down on 2013, falling from 10,643 to just 7977 year-to-date.
If a major update doesn’t appear anytime soon, expect Mitsubishi to continue shaving the Lancer range’s pricing.
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