But we kind of hope they don't.
It's been quite some time since the demise of the Mitsubishi Lancer, a car that enthusiasts and the general public lost enthusiasm for in its final form. Sadly, this also meant the death of the mighty Evo, and Mitsubishi's reasoning for this was that SUVs are more important. This led to speculation that, like the Eclipse, the Lancer could be repurposed as a crossover. Fortunately, that sort of crisis has been averted, and the Lancer may yet become an icon once more, this time as a sedan. Now that we know the body style is safe, what could the new model look like? Kleber Silva, or KDesign AG as he goes by online, seems to have a pretty good idea.
As you can see from these renders, the Lancer is going to need a completely new look to be relevant in a world where the likes of Hyundai and Genesis are building ever more futuristic-looking cars and crossovers. Off the bat, the render doesn't seem too bad, with this visual depicting a Lancer that embraces the current Mitsubishi design language. However, we can't honestly say that we're big fans of that overly pronounced front fender/bumper design. It looks like a fish with a gaping mouth that has had its cheeks stuffed. Considering the fact that an all-electric or hybrid variant of the returning Lancer is likely inevitable, maybe the fat look makes sense, but we still don't have to like it.
The beltline isn't oo bad though, and the pronounced rear haunches are attractive too. The way that these flow into the trunk with its integrated spoiler is nice, and the massive taillights and elongated chrome exhaust tips in a faux diffuser are in tune with current design trends. However, that oversized rear badge is a bit of an eyesore and while we usually are big fans of KDesign's work, we think that the new Lancer should look a little less overt and a little more classy when it finally arrives. When it does, it might leverage the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi partnership and borrow underpinnings from the fantastic Nissan Sentra. That wouldn't be the worst thing, but it doesn't inspire hope for a new Evo.