Mitsubishi prepares the resurrection of the iconic Lancer Evolution. Mitsubishi wants to go back to its performance roots, especially the return of the Evolution name plate and its performance to match its main rival, Subaru’s STI.
While Mitsubishi for the past 6-7 years swore by the SUV and the hybrid car, the manufacturer is preparing to sign its big comeback in the world of motorsports. To do this, the brand would like to capitalize on its history and especially that of the famous Lancer Evolution, which appeared in 1992.
According to internal sources at Mitsubishi Motors Japan the goal is to provide performance “superior to that of competition cars”, but maintaining some versatility across several bodies: a 4-door sedan or a hatchback with 5 doors.
According to the same sources, it is not impossible that the future Lancer Evo might have many areas in common with the present Mégane RS. The reason for the resurrected Evo sharing the Mégane RS drivetrain is due to the recent Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi platform sharing news. A Mitsubishi-developed all-wheel-drive system will definaetly be used, which is the same S-AWC technology seen in the Evo X. The most powerful current Mégane RS makes 300 horsepower, but the new Evo could add a hybrid system to boost power closer to 350 horses.
The revival of the Lancer Evolution is part of the plan in motion by Mitsubishi Motors President, Osamu Masuko. Thank you Osamu on behalf of all the Mitsubishi Evolution fans.