It looks like the future of the Mitsubishi Lancer is pretty bleak at the moment, as Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has yet to commit to a next-generation model – after the deal with the Renault-Nissan Alliance fell through due to cost issues.

According to Australian portal CarAdvice, the company is still looking for a partner to develop a new version of its C-segment sedan and hatchback, but no one has come up just yet. MMC president Tetsuro Aikawa told the publication that even if it did want to develop a new Lancer on its own – which the company itself was uncertain – it did not have the budget or the resources to do so.

“We’re going to be still looking for OEMs…One thing I can say is for us to actually develop a sedan independently…it’s very difficult to do that,” he said. “What I feel is it’s not a matter of priority. Fact is it’s very difficult to find a partner. If we can find one then as soon as possible we’d like to get OEM supply but right now we are not able find any partner.”

Mitsubishi EX Concept TMS-14

CarAdvice adds that while Mitsubishi is waiting for a new partner, it remains committed to building the current eight-year-old model, keeping it up-to-date regularly with new equipment, revised styling and added value – much like what it does to the now 16-year-old Pajero.

Right now, however, the company is focused on building new SUVs, including a next-gen ASX – previewed by the recent eX Concept – which is expected to become smaller, finally competing squarely in the same B-segment field as the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3.

There will also be a new crossover that will slot between the ASX and Outlander, along with a next-generation Mirage; the current budget car is said to be have been successful in drawing in new buyers in the ASEAN region.

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Facelift