Update - An earlier version of this article said a spokesperson from Mitsubishi Australia confirmed this facelifted model is reserved for the Chinese market, however no official announcement has been made. See bottom of article for details.

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The Mitsubishi Lancer has been given a significant facelift for the Chinese market, sporting a new chrome-heavy face inspired by the latest offerings in the company's wider range.

With a new face, rump and side scallops, the updated Lancer adopts the ‘Dynamic Shield’ design language seen on the Outlander and Pajero Sport SUVs, along with the Triton ute.

The heavy restyle is believed to be the work of Mitsubishi’s Chinese partners for their domestic market - so don’t expect to see these on Aussie roads anytime soon.

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Inside, the Chinese-market Lancer also gets some minor changes such as the centre fascia, though the interior remains largely unchanged from the current car.

Australia’s Lancer recently received a mild facelift, which brought minor styling changes including the addition of LED daytime-running lights (DRLs), additional equipment, along with the axing of the hotter Ralliart variant.

Shortly before the updated Lancer hit Australian showrooms, Osamu Masuko, Mitsubishi’s CEO, told industry journal Automotive News the company has no plans to produce a successor to the popular small car, nor the Pajero 4x4.

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Instead, the Japanese car maker will focus on SUVs as its core models, including the ASX, Outlander and Pajero Sport.

The range will be joined by a coupe-styled crossover vehicle inspired by the XR-PHEV and eX concepts, which will slot between the ASX and Outlander in 2017.

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Update: A spokesperson from Mitsubishi Australia said the company's local arm has no official information regarding this Lancer facelift.