Mitsubishi may be struggling following its split from former ally DaimlerChrysler, but it hasn’t stopped forging ahead with new model plans. These official sketches offer a preview of its ‘Concept Sportback’, which is due to appear at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
The concept offers a glimpse of the next-generation Lancer, due to be launched in the UK as a Focus rivaling five-door hatch in 2007 based on an all-new platform. Like Nissan’s Quashquai, the Sportback uses Murano-style crossover styling cues to add a distinctive edge to Mitsubishi’s C-segment offering.
Performance fans needn’t fret, because a storming Evolution version will follow, to be previewed in concept form at the Tokyo motor show later in the year.