Mitsubishi’s Next-Generation Lancer Might Use Chassis From Its Alliance Partners

Mitsubishi is preparing to replace the ageing Lancer and is planning to launch the eleventh generation of the compact model soon.

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It is already known that Mitsubishi is not producing another Lancer Evolution, which is the performance version of the model. However, everyone is still wondering about the future of the Lancer model.

The company is expected to launch the eleventh generation of the Lancer soon, but there is no report of a prototype being spied or reported by the automobile industry. Currently, Mitsubishi is better off selling SUVs than the Lancer.

However, even without the performance version of the Lancer, the next Lancer is still creates ripples among a few faithful customers.

Recently, Mitsubishi has tied-up with Renault-Nissan alliance which came subsequent to the brand admitting to cheating in its statements about fuel economy. This could lead to the next Lancer underpinned by the Common Module Family (CMF)-platform Renault-Nissan use.

The CMF platform has been used in the versions that serve three segments and it looks like it is as versatile as the Volkswagen's MQB.

The CMF platform can be seen in the small Datsun redi-GO and in large vehicles such as the Renault Kadjar or the Nissan X-Trail.

Renault-Nissan alliance designed the CMF platform to reduce the manufacturing and development costs and hence it makes sense to introduce it on the next Lancer.

This could take considerable time for Mitsubishi to develop the next Lancer on the CMF platform which means the wait could longer than expected.

With the discontinuation of the evolution series of the Lancer was not enough, the delay in bringing the next Lancer could be too much even for the fans of the Lancer series.

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Story first published: Monday, December 5, 2016, 18:26 [IST]
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