In what is a disheartening news for Mitsubishi loyalists, the brand’s global CEO burst the bubble by saying that the company doesn’t have enough resources to come up next gen models of the Mitsubishi Lancer, Pajero (Montero in some markets) and Galant sedan. Talking to Automotive news, he also added that the company will direct whatever resources it’s left with to come up with electrified crossovers in the next five years.
Moving forward, Mitsubishi will concentrate on body styles and drivetrain combinations that work best in the US, so only crossovers with pure electric or gasoline hybrid powertrains would receive green signal. The Outlander PHEV and sedan version of the Mirage (Attarage) would be launched in America sometime in 2016. The year 2017 will see the launch of a brand new coupe-style compact crossover which was previewed by the eX concept. A redesigned Outlander is expected to arrive sometime after 2017.
While the bigger Pajero (Montero) would go heir-less, the compact Outlander Sport is set to progress to next generation in 2019 as an electric vehicle. The massive restructuring exercise will see Mitsubishi shuttering its US plant situated at Normal, Illinois, and shifting all its production to Japan, Russia and Southeast Asia.
Mitsubishi’s production lineup would never be the same without the Lancer and Pajero in it.
Mitsubishi eX Concept – Photos
Via – Autonews.com