So Mitsubishi laid down their plans for 2021 and beyond. There, the Japanese automaker said that they will be making a whole range of all-new MPVs, crossovers, SUVs, pick-ups, hybrids, and EVs.
Curiously, there was one particular body style that missing: the good 'ol four-door sedan.
For the past couple of years, Mitsubishi has been saying that they will be shifting to an all-crossover/SUV/pick-up line-up in the future. Now it seems that they're making do on that promise sooner than later. With no sedans mentioned, it also looks like the hopes of a Lancer revival have been dashed as well. Not only that, does this mean the Mitsubishi Mirage G4's future is in doubt too?
The Mirage G4 is one of the more popular models offered here and in Southeast Asia, yet Mitsubishi didn't mention it in their plans. As it is, the current-generation Mirage G4 is already seven years old and it has already seen two facelifts. There was also no mention of an all-new Mirage hatchback in the “2021 and beyond” plans either. If we were to look at Mitsubishi's future roadmap, things aren't looking promising for both the subcompact sedan and hatchback.
With Mitsubishi's omission of that model, it's either they will discontinue the car outright soon, or keep it in production for as long as they can. Should they do the latter, it's the same strategy Mitsubishi did with the Lancer before most of the production ceased in 2017. The Lancer is still being made in Taiwan and Mainland China.
Oddly enough, one high-ranking Mitsubishi executive said that sedans still have a business case for them. That was according to Trevor Mann and he even went as far as saying the next Lancer could be based on the Renault Megane. However, Mann, who was the chief operating officer of Mitsubishi at the time, had left the company a few weeks after he said that. It's likely then that the new management scrapped plans for sedans altogether.
With that, we're not counting on a new Lancer, so that might also mean we might not see an Evolution in sedan form in the foreseeable future. Still, it would be nice if Mitsubishi would drop an epic bombshell and surprise us with an all-new Evolution. For now, though, we're not expecting it.