At the Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi Motors President Mr Tetsuro Aikawa today told TMR that “the dna of Evolution will not disappear”.
The Lancer Evolution however, the car that has become a collectible performance icon – as much for its robust engineering as its AWD savagery – is as dead as the dodo.
“There will be no direct successor of Evo,” Mr Aikawa said.
But there is light here. The AWD technology that sits below Evo, including the active torque vectoring differential, will not be lost. It is to sit below performance versions of the new mid-model SUV (which will share a platform with the Outlander), but which will feature a PHEV performance drivetrain.
Further, Mr Aikawa said, “In the future, there is going to be a comeback (of a performance car), but with environmental performance taken into consideration. There is no real concrete plan at the moment, but it is my dream this becomes a concrete reality.”
“We will have a performance type of vehicle, but (…) we are going to focus on SUVs,” he said.
Mitsubishi’s off-road racing activities with its PHEV in the past 12 months, and the appearance of the Baja race car centre-stage on its Tokyo stand, suggests that the Evo successor may be a little closer than Mitsubishi is prepared to concede.