Mitsubishi begins development of its next generation Lancer while it waits for a partner

Mitsubishi aggressively cut back its vehicle portfolio in recent years, and while sales of its Outlander have been decent since its remodel, the Japanese automaker’s other offerings, including its Lancer sedan, are rapidly becoming ancient designs.

The brand’s mounting sales challenges prompted the brand to seek a partner to co-develop the next generation Lancer many months ago, but the search has been thus far unsuccessful.

Now, Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president Don Swearingen has announced the company has begun working on the next-generation Lancer, partner or not. Swearingen went on to say that Mitsubishi is still looking for a partner, but the automaker can’t wait any longer to begin development.

Considering the current Lancer is over eight year’s old, and that it is the brand’s bread-and-butter product, I would agree with the move to kick off development. As Swearingen put it, if Mitsubishi waits on a partnership and it doesn’t work out, then the brand is another year behind in the process.

Swearingen did mention that Mitsubishi is presently talking with another automaker, and previous information points to Nissan as that would-be co-op. Regardless of whether Mitsubishi finds a partner, we already know an Evo-badged Lancer won’t be built, but a higher performance SUV is rumored to be in the works.

The pressure on Mitsubishi’s designers and engineers to craft a winning compact sedan is immense. The new Lancer not only needs to look good to those considering rivals like the Mazda3, Chevrolet Cruze, and Toyota Corolla, it must offer an engine that is a combination of fuel efficient and punchy. Look for a hybrid or all electric Lancer to join the fold soon after the next generation goes on sale.

Swearingen said that even if a deal were to be completed by the end of the year the model would still be at least 18 months to two years away, so if you’re in the market for a compact sporty sedan, you may be in and out of a lease before the new Lancer arrives at dealers.

Computing

AMD Radeon VII will support DLSS-like upscaling developed by Microsoft

AMD's Radeon VII has shown promise with early tests of an open DLSS-like technology developed by Microsoft called DirectML. It would provide similar upscale features, but none of the locks on hardware choice.
Cars

Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, ends referral program to trim costs

Tesla has announced plans to trim its workforce by seven percent, and it will end the referral program that rewards customers who help it sell cars. These measures are ways to cut costs and boost profits.
Emerging Tech

Ford’s sweaty robot bottom can simulate 10 years of seat use in mere days

Ford has developed 'Robutt,' a sweaty robot bottom that's designed to simulate the effects of having a pair of human buttocks sitting on its car seats for thousands of hours. Check it out.
Mobile

Google Fi is getting support for the next-gen messaging standard, RCS Chat

Google has been pushing the development of the RCS Chat standard, and now it's finally bringing that new standard to its own carrier -- Google Fi. With Chat, customers will get features like read receipts, better group messaging, and more.
Cars

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.
Cars

Big tech, bigger grille: BMW updates its 7 Series flagship for 2020

The BMW 7 Series will enter the 2020 model year with a host of updates inside, outside, and under the sheet metal. The new-look nose with a jumbo grille hides updated engines, while passengers benefit from smart tech features.
Cars

In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…
Cars

Robomart’s self-driving grocery store is like Amazon Go on wheels

Robomart's driverless vehicle is like an Amazon Go store on wheels, with sensors tracking what you grab from the shelves. If you don't want to shop online or visit the grocery store yourself, Robomart will bring the store to you.
News

Ford has a plan to future-proof the hot-selling F-150 pickup truck

Worried about the threat of rising gas prices, Ford will add the F-150 to its growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. It is currently developing a hybrid F-150, and it will release an electric version of the next-generation truck.
Cars

Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover will spawn a Lincoln luxury version

Lincoln will get its own version of parent Ford's first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle. While Ford's version will have styling inspired by the Mustang, Lincoln will take a more traditional approach.
Home Theater

Spotify adds simplified Car View mode for Android users

What was once just a test is now a reality: Spotify is rolling out a new, simplified in-car user interface for all Android users called Car View, which automatically engages when the app detects a car Bluetooth connection.
Cars

Boutique carmaker Karma Automotive, legendary design firm Pininfarina team up

Karma Automotive is partnering with legendary Italian design firm Pininfarina on future luxury cars. The first product of that partnership will appear later this year, Karma said, without offering other details.
Cars

Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

BMW and Toyota forged an unlikely partnership when they set out to build a sports car platform together. Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the 2019 Z4 and the 2020 Supra.
Cars

Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course.