Mitsubishi Won’t Bring Back The Lancer Evolution - Or Will It?

Joanna Estrada
June 29, 2019

It's understood the final decision on building a new Evo model is yet to be locked in, however, it will depend on whether Mitsubishi re-introduces the regular Lancer.

British publication Autocar reports the cult-favourite Japanese sports auto will be revived under the alliance between Mitsubishi and Renault.

Continuing a rich history kicked off by the first-generation model in 1992, the Lancer Evolution XI is set to offer "supercar-beating acceleration together with the choice of either traditional four-door saloon or five-door hatchback bodystyles", according to Autocar, which cites Japanese-based sources.

Citing undisclosed "Japanese-based sources", Autocar alleges the eleventh generation of the Lancer will spawn a hot Evolution version with a powertrain derived from the Renault Megane RS. Bear in mind the report doesn't refer to the current-gen French hot hatch, but to the next iteration of what is now the fastest front-wheel-drive production vehicle at the Nürburgring. This does make a certain deal of sense considering Mitsubishi is now part of the Renault-Nissan alliance.

In addition, the report claims the engine could benefit from an electric boost function thanks to a new 48 V mild-hybrid arrangement being developed by the alliance.

In its hottest form, the Megane RS Trophy and its record-breaking Trophy-R sibling pack a turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol engine with 296 bhp and 295 pound-feet of torque.

"Mitsubishi has moved around different brand positionings, whether it's been Spacestar style vehicles or sports auto derivatives, Evo - it's not had that clarity of focus". Previous plans to create a successor to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X were frozen following heavy losses that led to MMC being bought over by Nissan in 2016.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER