No more Evo?

The rally-star Mitsubishi Evo could die when the current-generation Lancer is phased out

Published: March 31, 2014, 4:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:42 PM

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Mitsubishi's Lancer Evolution – better known simply as the Evo – has spearheaded that company's high-performance arsenal since it was introduced to the Japanese market in 1992.

But the most recent model – The Evo X – is getting decidedly long in the tooth, having been introduced in 2008.

With its arch competitor in sales and on the rally circuit, the Subaru WRX STi, now hitting the road as an all-new model it raises the question, whither the Evo?

Sadly, if recent reports from Japan are accurate, the answer is, into oblivion.

Rumours have been circulating for the past few years that the next-generation Evo would be a hybrid, with its electric component serving as a power enhancer. But that possibility seems to be becoming less likely.

Rather, reports suggest, Mitsubishi no longer covets the hard-won performance image earned by the Evo in several seasons of World Rally Championship racing, as well as by countless privateeer entrants in less exalted competitive events.

The company's primary focus now seems to be on CUV/SUVs and electric vehicles.

Consequently, according to a Japanese source, no replacement is planned for the Evo when the current-generation Lancer is phased out, perhaps as early as this year,

A sound business decision perhaps. But a pity nonetheless.