2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution To Be The Last

Tony O'Kane | Jul 11, 2014

Mitsubishi has conceded that there will be no replacement for the Lancer Evolution, making this generation - the tenth - the last four-wheel drive turbocharged petrol sports sedan to wear the Mitsubishi badge.

But it will remain available for at least the next year in the USA Mitsubishi North America committed to selling the MY15 Lancer Evo.

Closer to home, Mitsubishi Australia says that it will continue to offer the Evo until production ceases - though the precise end-date for Lancer Evolution production has yet to be formally announced.

It's no doubt sad news for fans of the Lancer Evolution, which first appeared in 1992 and notched up several wins in the World Rally Championship during the mid to late 1990s.

But while the Lancer Evolution in its current form is not long for this world, Mitsubishi said in a statement that it could conceivably be replaced by an electric (or perhaps hybrid) model.

"Mitsubishi Motors does not have any plans to design a successor with the current concept such as a high-performance four-wheel-drive gasoline-powered sedan," the company said.

"Mitsubishi Motors will explore the possibilities of high-performance models that incorporate electric vehicle technology."

"Moving forward, the technology honed in the Lancer evolution model will continue to be advanced and proactively incorporated into future models."

Would an electrically-driven Evolution be just as fast as its petrol predecessors? Cars like the Tesla Roadster prove that the technology is certainly capable of tremendous speed and acceleration, but is it going to be as exciting to drive?

We'll have to wait and see.

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  • Yetiman says,
    1 year ago
    You are a Legend!especially Evo Tommi Makinen edition.
  • jing713 says,
    1 year ago
    Such a shame.

    Mitsubishi as we know it will probably go down the pipe with the Lancer Evolution as well
    • Steve says,
      1 year ago
      I've been hearing that Mitsu has been doing pretty badly in the US and back home too, don't think it'll be long until they leave the States and probably here too... lucky most of their income comes not from cars though.

      Sad to see the Evo go, what about the WRX then?
      • Kermit says,
        1 year ago
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        I imagine they've been doing just fine here sitting in 7th position selling old products built in Thailand with big margins.
  • Nick Car says,
    1 year ago
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    With the current Lancer Evolution it would have been good if Mitsubishi had replaced the current 5 speed manual with a six speed and increased the power. Mitsubishi has lost it's way with their performance products. I was always hoping that Mitsubishi would have done an ASX-Evolution so as to put their products into the spotlight, similar to what Subaru was doing with the Forester.
  • FrugalOne says,
    1 year ago
    It is a go-kart car, *but* $70k for a Lancer is fantasy, it needed to be priced like the WRX

    We have seen the future of Mitsubishi it came 2nd by just 2.5s @ PikesPeak recently, all electric, if it had decent brakes would have won, wont make that error in 2015
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