2000 saw the launch of the seventh generation Lancer CEDIA in Japan (meaning - Century Diamond), but in most markets the seventh generation Lancer continued, built at the Mitsubishi plant in Mizushima, Japan. The new model is available in sedan and wagon forms. The Mirage, apart from the export models, became a different car in Japan that was unrelated to the Lancer. In Europe, the Lancer was not offered in some countries is very close to the size of the Dutch built Carisma, so the Evo VII model sold there bore the name of Charisma. This is the first in many years where the Lancer nameplate is universally used. It is still sold in Japan, where the eighth generation Lancer is known as the Galant Fortis
In North America, the Lancer Cedi was introduced in 2002 as a direct replacement for the Mirage. It is powered by a 2.0 L 4G94 engine producing 120 hp (89 kW) and 130 ft lbf (176 N m) of torque.
In Australia, the seventh generation Lancer was introduced as the CG series in July 2002 with 2.0 L 4G94 engine. It was introduced as a replacement for the seventh generation sedan, and was sold alongside the popular seventh generation coupe.