In Mitsubishi talked about the future models of Mirage and LancerNovember 15, 2018
Lancer successor will move to the Renault-Nissan alliance platform
Operations Director Trevor Mann and Vice President, Product Line Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Vincent Coby shed light on the future of the Mirage and Lancer models. As expected, the cars will move to the Renault-Nissan alliance platforms and will be positioned as cars. Contrary to expectations, the company does not plan to turn the Lancer successor into a crossover.
In a conversation with journalists during the presentation of the updated L200, Mann said that the company is developing a long-term grocery plan: it studies the market and selects the most profitable segments for itself. According to Mann, the rise in popularity of crossovers is hard not to notice, but small hatchbacks and mid-size sedans are still popular in ASEAN countries, China and the United States.
According to Mitsubishi, in five years, sales of such cars will still be 40-50 million a year. Therefore, the company is considering the possibility of producing passenger models (sedans and hatchbacks) that serve as an entry point for new brand customers. This is the function assigned to the successors of Mirage and Lancer.
While it is known that both cars want to build on alliance modular platforms: CMF-B for Mirage and, probably, CMF-C for Lancer. There are no details yet, but the work on the younger Mirage is already underway, although the decision on the platform has not yet been made.
As for the Lancer, in April this year, Mann confirmed that the compact hatchback with a crossover design will be the successor to the model: a kind of universal machine that can compete with both the Ford Focus and the Toyota CH-R. The “new type” of the hatchback will be performed in the style of the 2017 e-Evolution concept car.