Mitsubishi Lancer to be reinvented as a crossover

Mitsubishi plans to turn the Lancer into a high-riding crossover.
Mitsubishi plans to turn the Lancer into a high-riding crossover. | File photo

Mitsubishi may have discontinued the classic Lancer, but it will definitely get some major re-hauling as with the case of the Eclipse. 

As for the Lancer, Mitsubishi will turn it into a high-riding crossover.

According to Mitsubishi’s chief operating officer and chief designer, the new and improved version of the Lancer may be inspired from its e-Evolution concept. Last year, the Japanese car brand already showed a prototype teaser, which showed a futuristic shape and a coupe design.

“The segment’s] numbers are still expanding in China, so there’s appeal. And I think because the segment is so large globally, we’ve got to take a look at it,” COO Trevor Mann said.

The brand also expects future demands for the hatchback and crossover SUV segments. 

“Just because it’s C-segment, it doesn’t mean it has to be a very conventional hatchback," Chief Designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto said. "Maybe we can create a new type of hatchback vehicle. We’re thinking quite radically.”

Lancer’s overhaul could be complete within a few years. 

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