To say that the tenth-generation Mitsubishi Lancer looks dated would be a major understatement.
Believe it or not, it was launched in 2007 and is still on sale in some markets like Brazil, Egypt and Taiwan.
While it is no longer available in the rest of the world, the Lancer nameplate could return as a global model in the future. Recently, a report claimed that Mitsubishi is planning to bring back the Lancer Evolution for an eleventh generation.
If that were to happen, then surely the automaker should first launch a new regular Lancer, right? Following this logic, the folks from Kolesa tried to anticipate how the 11th-generation would look like if it were to use the brand’s latest Dynamic Shield design language.
The first step was to apply the typical Mitsubishi grille with chrome moldings on the sides (as seen on the Eclipse Cross and facelifted L200 pickup) to the body of the Renault Megane Sedan. The designer then opted for sleek LED headlights and chunky DRLs — both also familiar from the latest Mitsubishi concepts and production models.
The two-tone bodywork with dark grey roof and A-pillars provides a nice contrast to the rest of the car that’s painted white; it also makes the Lancer look more dynamic thanks to the “floating roof” trick applied to the C pillars. Actually, this is inspired by the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept.
Moving on to the rear, the hypothetical Mitsubishi Lancer adopts horizontal LED taillights united by a light bar according to the latest trends in car design. There’s also a sporty bumper with a diffuser-like insert in the middle and concealed tailpipes.
Choosing the Renault Megane Sedan as a basis for these renderings is not fortuitous as the aforementioned report claimed the next-generation Lancer would share underpinnings with the upcoming Megane. We wouldn’t mind that one bit, as long as the next-generation Lancer looked like this. Would you?