The aging, oft-forgotten Mitsubishi Lancer won't get a replacement until sometime in 2014, but a new report states that the next-generation model could be a relatively drastic departure from the car you see here. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation President Osamu Masuko told Australian site The Motor Report that the new Lancer will be smaller than the current car, going in a different direction than the vast majority of other automakers.

"The new Lancer will be a very new car, and will be sized somewhere between the current model and its predecessor," Masuko-san told The Motor Report.

There are both pros and cons to this decision. On the plus side, a smaller car means the Lancer will likely have a weight advantage over other vehicles in its class. That said, Mitsubishi will need to find ways to maximize interior space and create efficient packaging in order to still have its compact sedan remain competitive with strong offerings like the Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and so on.

The Motor Report also suggests that Mitsubishi could use turbocharged and diesel engines in its new Lancer lineup, though it's unclear what exactly will be available in the North American market. When asked, a spokesperson for Mitsubishi told Autoblog that the US bureau "cannot confirm any plans on the Lancer for this market at this time."


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      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm shocked Mitsubishi is still in business...
      Stephen Walton
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with the comments that Mitsu is all but nonexistent---I think most people think that they've gone out of business. However, it does surprise me to see quite a few of these in S. TX. Poor credit buyers?
        Jason Golden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stephen Walton
        I try to tread carefully on my perceived Mitsubishi buyer demographic, but looking at the average 3 to 6 year old Mitsu product...around Houston...they are often seen sporting aftermarket wheels or shiny plastic hubcaps, and parked amongst hoopties in sketchy-looking apartment complexes. I'm sure this is a result of an admirable credit score.
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stephen Walton
        That's it... my poor credit is why I purchased a brand new $40K Evolution X.
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      Trying is half the battle. ;-))
      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to see Mitsubishi regain some of the luster it had in the 1980s and perhaps early 90s. I know, I know, we can't always re-live the old days. But they offered some techno-fun (Galant Sigma) and ruggedely-compelling (Montero) products at one time. These examples seemed to be relevant and attractive among their competition at the time.
      Stirling Matheson
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I can get a hatchback EVO, count me in.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am simply amazed at how Mitsu destroyed good selling 90s cars like the Eclipse, it doesn't even seem like they have a game plan.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definitely holding onto my Evo lol.
      JonnyO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi still makes cars?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      As they say in the movies "Better think fast". Cuz time is running out on Mitsubishi.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      theblackemblem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will we see an Evo variant? If so, this might mean that the next Evo could be much compact and agile.
      Eraun Petry
      • 2 Years Ago
      they kill off the Galant, and plan to make this car worse. wow Mitsu, at one point in time i was a fan
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