It was reported in June that Mitsubishi wants to partner with another automaker for the sixth generation Mitsubishi Lancer’s development. A new report from CarAdvice says that the Japanese automaker is and will continue looking for a partner, but it is a low-priority project.
Speaking to the Australian publication, President and COO at Mitsubishi Motor, Tetsuro Aikawa, said that the company cannot go solo with the development even if it wanted to because of its modest development budget, not that it’s certain it wants to develop alone anyway.
“We’re going to be still looking for OEMs. One thing I can say is for us to actually develop a sedan independently (is that) it’s very difficult to do that. What I feel is it’s not a matter of priority. Fact is it’s very difficult to find a partner. If we can find one then as soon as possible we’d like to get OEM supply but right now we are not able find any partner.”
The iconic high-performance sedan based on the standard Lancer bids adieu with a Final Edition model this year. The future Evolution model, if made, would be variants of crossovers/SUVs.
In the forseeable future, the new products coming from the company will be mainly crossovers/SUVs, along with their electrified variants. The first new product likely to arrive next year will be the fourth generation 2016 Mitsubishi RVR (Mitsubishi ASX/Mitsubishi Outlander Sport) based on the Mitsubishi eX Concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show last week. The all-new model will reportedly receive a plug-in hybrid variant in 2017.