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Next Mitsubishi Lancer to be Developed In-House if No Partner is Found

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/9/2015 Alex Nishimoto

The Mitsubishi Lancer has been long in the tooth for some years already, and now WardsAuto reports a replacement is still at least year away. The Japanese automaker is still hoping it can partner with another manufacturer to develop its next-gen Lancer. But with time not on its side, Mitsubishi is beginning development on the new compact on its own in-house, a process that would push the car's launch back by one year.

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"We are talking with a potential partner at this time, [but] at the same time we're doing an internal design of the vehicle," Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, told WardsAuto. "We're running parallel because we cannot wait any longer to see if a partnership will work out. If it falls through then we're another year behind." MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

A deal with Renault to share development costs for both C- and D-segment cars was in the works, but fell through earlier this year. Reports suggest Mitsubishi is now in talks with Renault's alliance partner Nissan. It's unknown when that deal might be finalized, but even if it does happen, a new Lancer is still 18 months to two years away, according to Swearingen.

Next Mitsubishi Lancer to be Developed In-House if No Partner is Found

The current-generation Lancer was introduced in 2007 as a 2008 model. To put that in perspective, the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic will have gone through two redesigns since 2007 when their next-gen models arrive for the 2016 model year. As we previously reported, the next-gen Lancer will not spawn a high-performance Evolution model, but a hybrid crossover may attempt to carry the Evo torch.

Source: WardsAuto

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