April 04, 2014 By C! Magazine Staff

No more Evo?


It looks like the end of the line for the Evo as this generation of rally-derived rocket sedan is likely to be Mitsubishi’s last – at least for a while. There’s been no mention of just when production of the current car will end, so if you’re in the market, we’d suggest trying to find a dealer with inventory ASAP. The news comes from the automaker’s Japanese mother company, which says the brand will instead focus on utility vehicles and EVs. While there are no direct plans for a successor, an Evo XI as it were, the door remains open for a different kind of beast, according to Mitsubishi.

“Mitsubishi Motors does not have any plans to design a successor with the current concept, as a high-performance four-wheel drive gasoline-powered sedan,” said Namie Koketsu, a spokesperson for Mitsubishi, according to Automotive News. “Mitsubishi Motors will explore the possibilities of high-performance models that incorporate electric vehicle technology.”

Truth be told, this has been a long time coming. The death of the current Evo and its resurrection with a set of batteries has been whispered about for years. There’s even talk about a future hybrid successor for the high-performance Lancer. Considering that the top marques of the auto industry has embraced performance hybrids – with cars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, the idea of a high-performance hybrid is gaining traction. This certainly stands as the only hope for another Evo perhaps.

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