It’s no surprise to the auto world that Mitsubishi has a few new SUVs and crossovers in the works; the company announced themselves that the brand would be taking a new, crossover-focused direction following the success of the Outlander. This announcement was swiftly followed by the discontinuation of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, a performance-focused variant of the Lancer nameplate. Now, however, rumors are flying that a new Mitsubishi crossover could revive the Evolution name.
The rumors sprung into existence following an interview with Mitsubishi’s chief operating officer Trevor Mann, who stated the company is currently considering the possibility of bringing a more performance-oriented vehicle back into the lineup. The kicker in his statement, however, was that the new performance flagship “doesn’t necessarily have to be a sedan.”
Interestingly, this vague announcement comes on the heels of the unveiling of Mitsubishi’s upcoming Eclipse Cross. The new crossover, which fills a segment between the Outlander and Outlander Sport, takes the “Eclipse” name from the sports coupe in Mitsubishi’s lineup in the 90s.
So, will we be getting a new Mitsubishi crossover that will carry on the “Evolution” name? That remains to be seen. But Mann has given us a few pieces of the puzzle, and, paired with Mitsubishi’s track record of resurrecting dead badging, we at Bell Mitsubishi have a theory or two of our own.
Mitsubishi fans everywhere were disappointed when they learned that availability on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution would be limited. The good news is that Mitsubishi decided to deal with the last available car in a way that was both fun and good for the community.
The last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition, of which there were only 1,600, was sold at auction for the highest bidder. A highly collectable car, the Final Edition was the best version of the popular Mitsubishi classic sport compact and many expected the car to go for well over the MSRP. It has an extra 12 horsepower and features upgrades like Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, and Brembo brakes.
On September 15, the winning bid of $76,400 was placed and the lucky winner drove home with their beautiful Final Edition.
The proceeds went to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County and Feeding America in Riverside and San Bernardino.
While it’s unfortunate that we’ll never have the opportunity to purchase one of these cars again, it’s great that the auction went off without a hitch and that so many people will be able to benefit from this fun event.
Since 1992, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has shown the world that a car doesn’t have to be expensive to be impressive. The Evo delivers high-speed thrills and expert handling without completely emptying your bank account. Unfortunately, Mitsubishi has decided to end the Evo with the 10th generation (EVO X) and 2016 model to focus on more environmentally-friendly cars.
But that doesn’t mean people can’t dream. A Filipino man named Enoch Gabriel Gonzales put his auto design skills to use and created a what-if Lancer Evo concept.
He based his design on the next-generation 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer with sharp edges and killer styling. Then he added Evo characteristics like a large rear wing, hood vents, Brembo brake calipers, and more to create an Evo XI we can all dream about.
Our favorite part of the design is the large honeycomb-patterned grille that features a large XI that appears when looking at the Evo head on.
What we loved the most about the real life Evo was the fact that it could take on cars that cost a lot more money without giving up anything.
While we may never see a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI in real life, it is a lot of fun to dream about what it could have been.
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The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition that was won at the auction was the first of 1,600 that will be produced for the United States market, the final goodbye of a legendary sports sedan with a decade of history behind it.
The Final Edition is doing the Evo justice. Each model will feature a unique numbered plaque, lightweight two-piece Brembo brake rotors, Bilstein shocks, Mitsu’s patented Super All-Wheel Control system, and the regular turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine, tuned up to produce extra horsepower. It’ll be sorely missed at Bell Mitsubishi.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution may be sadly coming to the end of its days, but the Evolution name might live on, according to new reports. The president of the auto company, Tetsuro Aikawa, is allegedly interested in moving the “Evo” title to a future vehicle – one with EV and PHEV technology.
In an interview with Autocar, Aikawa explains that the “oh” portion of the pronunciation of “Evo” means “king” in Japanese, so combined with “EV,” “Evo” is pretty close to “electric vehicle king.” That’s no title to be disregarded for future use.
This upcoming vehicle would likely be based on the next-gen ASX crossover concept that was revealed at the recent Geneva Motor Show. Likely getting the very latest in Mitsubishi EV and PHEV tech, the vehicle should certainly do the late Lancer name justice.
Aikawa calls this potential car the “ultimate of its kind.” What do you think of the new Mitsubishi Evo? Let us know in the comments.
It has been quite a ride for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution throughout the years. But now, facing extinction, Mitsubishi has promised one last special edition for connoisseurs in Japan to ride off into the sunset. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition will be the 10th generation of the turbo, all-wheel drive sedan, and it will send the car off in style.
The Lancer Evolution Final Edition features a blacked-out chrome grille and a glossy black bumper bar with multiple hood vents to set it apart from the other Lancers, while the roof panel is available in black or white.
The Evolution rides on 18-inch BBS wheels wrapped in high performance tires, and glides through turns with the upgraded Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs. The 2-liter turbo-charged engine features improvements including sodium-filled exhaust valves while grippy Brembo brakes enhance stopping power.
A “Final Edition” badge is wistfully placed below the emblems on the trunk and since only 1,000 of these will be produced, a special plaque with a serial number adorns the interior console.
The final ride for the Lancer Evolution promises to be an exciting one. For more information on the Lancer and other cars, make a trip into Bell Mitsubishi.
At long last, the Lancer Evo X will be making its last laps fairly soon. We might have gotten an early glimpse at the final production model, which will have a limited release of just 2,000 vehicles, thanks to the Lancer Evo X Concept Final, which makes its debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon. If the Concept Final does indeed prefigure the last Lancer Evo X model, we’ve got plenty to look forward to.
The Concept Final boasts 473 horsepower, with 182 horsepower added by powertrain add-ons and variations. The concept adds a new ECU software, new intake and exhaust systems, better fuel management, an HKS turbo, and more to the powertrain of its 2.0-liter engine and a five-speed manual. With extra suspension and handling technology to boot, this is perhaps the best and most performance-ready Evo X ever.
It’s just too bad it will be gone so soon. So, make sure to follow us closely here at Bell Mitsubishi to keep track of the Evo X as we wait for the final production model to be officially released. We certainly hope that much of the stuff we’ve seen on the Concept Final also make their way to the final model, but there’s only one way to find out for sure.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution may be getting discontinued after its final production run, but it’s not going out without one final variant. Mitsubishi executive Don Swearingen says there will be a final edition Evo, to send off the car with some flair.
On the topic, Swearingen says, “We do plan on launching a special edition in June/July of next year as a going away edition. It’s a GSR 5-speed. More horsepower, some suspension tuning, and some bits pieces that are still being finalized.” He also added that there will be roughly 2,000 units of this limited edition vehicle produced.
This limited edition Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will be the last of its kind, as a high-performance SUV will likely replace the Lancer Evo in the circle of life. In fact, this exclusive vehicle will only be available in the US, being referred to as a “Special Action Model.”
While we’re sad to see the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution go, we’re happy to hear it’s getting a proper sendoff. Head to Bell Mitsubishi today to see all of the Mitsubishi models we have to offer.
Don’t blink, or you’ll miss this new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution!
The new 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is attractive for many, many reasons, but it just managed to get even more attractive, thanks to a remarkable half-mile run. The Lancer Evolution got up to speed at 202 mph then raced through a half-mile faster than any other vehicle, and you can watch it all happen in this awesome video:
The 2015 EVO might be the last EVO ever, but it certainly is going out on a high note, with up to 291 horsepower and that aforementioned 202 mph top speed. This 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sets half-mile records thanks to a 2.0-liter engine equipped with a turbocharger, which enables the EVO to keep up its reputation as a “rally-inspired, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive, durable and finely tuned sports car,” as Torque News put it.
Check out the video of the EVO and then come in to see us at Bell Mitsubishi to check out the Lancer Evolution for yourself, before it makes its final ride off into the sunset. In fact, make sure you’re one of those lucky people driving it off on that final ride!
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a legendary name with an impressive heritage. The first model was produced in 1992, and after standing out for its great results in the World Rally Championship, the Lancer Evo quickly rose to popularity and became a classic among performance car enthusiasts around the world.
But the 2015 model year Lancer Evo that’ll soon hit the Bell Mitsubishi dealership will be the last—after this one, the automaker will be discontinuing the model.
That’s… bad news, right? A little. Fans around the world will be disappointed, but models don’t need to go on forever to remain great. In fact, this could actually be a positive thing. There’s very good reason to believe Mitsubishi plans on launching a new performance car in the future. It’ll more than likely use everything it has learned in its years of producing the Lancer Evolution to make an even better car.
To us, leaving behind the Lancer Evo is like closing a great chapter and getting ready to open an even better one. Stay tuned.