Home / Auto News / News article: Mitsubishi Evo Resurrected, Future Versions Headed in a 'Different Direction' - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Mar 20 2011, 8:02 PM

Reports of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo’s death have been greatly exaggerated. After the unsurprisingly angry backlash the company received from its fanbase, Mitsubishi has apparently reversed its decision to kill its flagship rally fighter.

Mitsubishi now must find a way to balance the ferocious performance and cult-status image of the Evolution with the new eco-friendly image it’s developing around the world. The Evo X will still be available, but the next generation will “evolve” into a different direction—something that may surprise the Evo’s thousands of fans.

In a press release, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Global Chief Executive, Osamu Masuko indicates that perhaps the Evo never was axed and that the automaker has plans for the next generation of the vehicle. Masuko comments that in response to new market demands the automaker, “is considering not advancing the Lancer Evolution concept in the same way as before, but to find a different direction for the Lancer Evolution model to evolve.”

With previous rumors that the car could include hybrid or electric technology, this seems all the more likely by additional remarks that the car’s future direction and the “technologies involved” in it, will be revealed at a later date.

So rest assured Evo faithful, the STi-killer isn’t dead, but it may never be the same.

  • Peter Cha

    Shi!t, If it “evolves” in the wrong direction, what’s the difference?

  • John wayne

    damn, no evo will eventually mean no sti, the sti needs another asian car to compete with.

  • 92awdtsi

    the sti already has a car to compete with (and lose to)…. The 2011 V6 Mustang

  • Belgaram

    “So rest assured Evo faithful, the STi-killer isn’t dead, but it may never be the same” is like the Steven King movie- Pet Sematary : People bury cat, cat comes back…Not dead, but not the same…

  • Russ

    This is a good news!
    But let’s wait and see.. If it evolves into something less powerful, less capable and more “futuristic” (i.e. as ugly as some of the future green cars advertised by other companies), then goodbye Mitsubishi!!

  • jojobanks

    I agree with most of the comments. The evo was made to be a cheap high performance machine designed to be a race car made street-capable. Whatever mitsubishi does with the evo, I personally feel like if they can’t follow that guideline then they might as well kill it anyways.

    Hybrid technology has come a long way but I feel like any kind of hybrid/electric powerplant that tries to put down the same performance as the current evo will end up being too expensive to appeal to the consumer base that the evo targets. If mitsubishi really wants to turn the evo into a hybrid/electric vehicle then it might be better for them to put the idea on the backburner until the technology progresses and becomes more affordable.

    However I also feel that if they kill the evo then it will go the way of the supra. A legend that eventually just doesn’t have a place for return. It might be easier to just keep producing the evo X as is until they can produce an evo XI with a realistic gameplan that suits their (and the consumer’s) needs.

  • zachary

    i love the evo and hope mitsubishi doesnt kill it!! or they should wait tell i get the money for one!! :p

  • indra wiguna

    Mitsubushi won market share because the customer believe in winner of dakkar rally
    And during the glory years in 94 to 96 rally car lancer , even thoung now cietron
    Or ford is in the spot light . Nothing will change the love many fans had for the evo class
    Come on you will see honda laughing at us they never won a champ but get the glory.