Next-Generation Mitsubishi Lancer And i-MiEV Models Ruled Out

Mitsubishi has announced its intention to launch three electrified crossovers in the coming five years, effectively killing off both the Lancer sedan and the i-MiEV city car.

The first new crossover set to be launched will be a new model positioned between the Outlander and the smaller Outlander Sport. Successors to the Outlander and Outlander Sport will then arrive in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

Talking to Automotive News, Mitsubishi chief executive Osamu Masuko revealed that the firm’s new direction for the U.S market will be underpinning by SUVs and four-wheel drive models.

“We are strong in SUVs and four-wheel drives. And that is what we would like to focus on as core models in the US. market. We have changed direction. We are going to allocate more resources to the areas where we are strong in the US”, Masuko said.

The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will be available with a selection of different plug-in hybrids as will the aforementioned brand new crossover. Meanwhile, an all-electric powertrain will propel a new variant of the next Outlander Sport and a conventional petrol model will complete the line-up.

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