Mitsubishi could share family hatchback and supermini platforms with Peugeot and Citroën, if talks for PSA to take up to a 50 per cent stake in the Japanese firm come to fruition.
Loss-making Mitsubishi needs a new partner to share the development of the next-generation Lancer family, due for replacement around 2013/14. “We’re talking long-term strategic and profitability goals rather than short term, like filling gaps in our current range,” a Mitsubishi source told Autocar.
Today’s Lancer was jointly developed with Chrysler, but Fiat’s takeover of the US company has stopped any thoughts of that arrangement continuing in future.
How responsibility for the fundamental engineering would be shared is unclear. The current Lancer family, which includes the Outlander and the new RVR soft-roader, was engineered in Japan.
While Chrysler was happy to hand over responsibility to Japan for this work, it’s unlikely that PSA will consider that policy acceptable for big-selling bread-and-butter cars such as the replacements for the 308 and C4.