Starting in 1992, Mitsubishi produced a dynamic sports sedan called the Lancer Evolution, but the popular model was discontinued in 2017 when the automaker decided to focus their business on SUVs, hybrids, and electric vehicles rather than sports. But plans may be changing.
Information from Japan-based sources has revealed that Mitsubishi may be resurrecting the Lancer Evolution in the near future. The most recent iteration of the sedan was called the Lancer Evolution X, so for the time being, the rumored comeback car is known by the name Lancer Evolution XI.
If the Lancer does return to production, its design will likely build on Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi’s MF-C/D F4 platform. The sport sedan’s previous renditions featured 2.0L turbo engines capable of producing up to 303 horsepower, so it stands to reason that the Evolution XI will have similar power, especially since the comparable Renault Megane RS houses similar hardware. The new model will also offer both manual and automatic transmissions as well as standard All-Wheel Drive.
Despite having been discontinued, the Lancer remains a popular choice for drivers in China. Its continued presence in Asian markets may be a contributing factor in Mitsubishi’s planned resurrection of the sport sedan.
Speculation names Osamu Masuko, chairman and former CEO of Mitsubishi, as a supporter of the vehicle’s return. Currently there’s little to go on other than speculation, but experts seem confident that reviving the performance-focused segment of the Mitsubishi lineup would be a smart move for the automaker. For the time being, all we can do is wait and see.
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