The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is getting axed at the end of the year.
A single report from Japan’s Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun states that the Japanese automaker will cease production on its turbocharged sedan by the end of this year. Since the Lancer Evo debuted in 1992, it has sold 154,000 units worldwide and 92,000 in the U.S., though it didn’t arrive North American until the Evo VIII went on sale in 2003. While it may seem strange that Mitsubishi is cutting out its performance sedan, the automaker previously announced plans to focus on hybrids moving forward.
Not all hope is lost however, as Mitsubishi has hinted that a performance flagship model is on the way with a hybrid powertrain. Given that exotics and supercars have turned to hybrid technology for additional performance in addition to fuel efficiency, the successor to the Evo might be better than ever. However, don’t expect to see a successor, even in concept form, for at least two years as Mitsubishi is focusing on crossovers and SUVs at the moment.
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