According to a report by CarAdvice, the Mitsubishi Lancer could disappear from Australian showrooms before the end of 2018. With the company focusing on SUV models instead of sedans, it remains to be seen if the Lancer nameplate will make a return in the future.

Currently, production of the Lancer has ended worldwide, with the exception of Taiwan and China. Back where we are, the model isn’t listed on Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s official website. However, Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) were able to secure a final batch of cars from Japan “to cover sales for probably the whole of this year” says CEO John Signoriello.

The Mirage will be the only non-SUV and non-pick-up model in MMAL’s line-up once the 2017-built Lancers are sold off. While it may look dire, MMAL was actually the third-biggest seller of SUVs in Australia last year.

In 2017, it shifted more than 80,000 vehicles, of which 48,000 were ASXs, Outlanders, Pajero Sport and Pajeros. This placed the company fifth in overall sales ahead of Ford, but behind Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai and Holden. The recently-launched Eclipse Cross is expected to help bring those figures up over there.