2017 Mitsubishi Lancer spotted in China, for China only

It looks like Mitsubishi is planning a facelift for the current-gen Lancer in China. The current model has been around in the same form since 2007, with no genuine replacement in sight.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer-China

But even though the car globally has been crying out for a new look for some time, this facelift with the corporate look is solely for the Chinese-produced model for the Chinese market.

Rumours swirled around the next-generation Lancer, suggesting it might be the product of an alliance with Renault-Nissan, but these rumours started to fall apart last year. Now that Renault-Nissan has acquired a large stake of the three-diamond star, negotiations may continue.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer-rear

This facelift incorporates the new corporate ‘shield’ grille, as seen on the Pajero Sport and Triton, as well as squared-off lights, and wedgy new taillights and licence plate indentation. In profile view, a dramatic new scallop takes pride of place.

The interior has seen a comprehensive touch-up as well, with reshaped centre console, silver-finished surround plus new climate control switches. These go a long way to addressing the tired cabin.

There are suggestions that this may have been drawn up at the same time as the ill-fated Nissan collaboration, as a back-up plan. At this stage, Mitsubishi has not confirmed a replacement for the current Lancer.