Mitsubishi Lancer Could Still Have A Future

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We'd take our new Evo in red.

Mitsubishi's new lease on life is allowing it to pursue possibilities not previously available. For example, we know the Japanese automaker is interested in a revived SUV for the US market and it's also reportedly taking the development lead for a new pickup truck platform that'll underpin the next Nissan Navara, which is sold overseas.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance's addition of Mitsubishi is a win for all, and we wouldn't rule out the possibility of that upcoming platform serving as the basis for the Nissan Frontier replacement as well as that Mitsubishi SUV. Time will tell. But what about traditional cars like the now discontinued Lancer? It's not like the current Mirage is a segment leader.

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According to Australia's GoAuto, Mitsubishi's chief operating officer, Trevor Mann, said passenger cars will continue to play an important role. "We are in the process of developing what we call our long-range product plan, what we are doing there is just studying the market and trying to decide where we should go."

Despite Mitsubishi's heavy focus on crossovers, especially in the US, it'll be interesting to see whether a new Lancer can be justified.

Mann did confirm work has already begun on a new Mirage, but didn't say whether it'll come to the US. As far as a potential Lancer successor goes, Mann stated it would ride on Renault's modular CMF-C platform, which also underpins the Nissan Rogue Sport.

Hey, at least this architecture is already homologated for the US, but Mann was still non-committal on whether a new Lancer will even be given the green light, let alone a US market entry. It's not like we were huge fans of the previous generation Lancer. The high-performance Evo...that's another story.

With its rally-inspired roots and engineering, standard all-wheel drive, and general fun factor, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo was the Subaru WRX STI's only real direct competitor in the US and elsewhere. We'd love nothing more than to see that rivalry return.

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