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Mike Stevens | Apr, 01 2014 | 13 Comments

Subaru’s new WRX STI hero car is mere weeks from Australian showrooms, but a replacement for Mitsubishi’s Evo X, launched in 2007, is nowhere in sight.

Mitsubishi has sold nearly a quarter of a million Evo models since the badge’s launch in 1992, but reports suggest that run may soon come to an end - or at least go into hibernation.

According to Japanese paper Nikkon Jidosha Shimbun (NJS), the top brass at Mitsubishi have decided to put the current Evo X to pasture later this year. But what of a replacement?

For now, the company is working to revitalise its volume-selling lines, focusing for now on fresh SUV and Triton models.

And, with the next Lancer believed to be on hold (and possibly underpinned by a Renault platform), a new Evo could still be years away from showrooms.

We can also expect the next Evolution - if a replacement comes at all - to be a much greener proposition than its predecessors.

Mitsubishi has for years now been focused on chasing a leadership position in green technology, from the i-MiEV through to its new Outlander PHEV and a recent round of ultra-green concept cars.

Reports have been circulating for some time on what we can expect from the next Evolution, including talk of a performance-oriented hybrid powertrain.

But according to NJS, even a hybrid system may not be enough to get an Evo XI into showrooms, with company brass concerned that a performance model of any sort will not fit with its environmental goals.

For now, fans may have to hit showrooms for a last-of-the-line Evo X - and hope for a successor to eventually appear.

(Or you could consider switching to the other side…)

 
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