Just take one look at Mitsubishi's latest vehicles, both concept and production, and it's obvious that fuel economy – not performance – reigns supreme. With this in mind, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Caradvice.com.au is suggesting that Mitsubishi is putting development of future performance models (like the 2013 Lancer Evolution GSR shown above) on hold as the company focuses on electric and plug-in vehicles.

In speaking with Mitsubishi managing director of product projects Ryugo Nakao at the Tokyo Motor Show, the publication says that the entire Lancer redesign is on hold, meaning that the aging Lancer Evo and Ralliart will have to contend with fresh performance models like the Volkswagen GTI and Subaru WRX. That being said, the article doesn't completely shut the door on another Evo – in fact, it goes on to indicate that when a new generation does hit the streets, it will almost certainly do so with some sort of electric-assisted powertrain, an oft-repeated rumor that got its legs as early as 2010.


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      erixon84
      • 1 Year Ago
      You dont buy a Evo because of gas. You buy it because of the performance and how it drives. I would still buy a Evo. Matter of fact, i bought a 2013 WRX in April this year and net year ill be trading it in for a pre owned with low miles Evo. Its a much better car and looks better. Yeah the new Evo's are REALLY expensive. But if you can afford it then why not.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        @erixon84
        Not worth the money given the dated platform, ancient styling and childrens toy interior.
          Jazzor
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dmitriy Markelov
          No idea what you're talking about... the technology inside the Evo is worth every penny.
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dmitriy Markelov
          Lightyears beyond anything I've felt from another 40K car..... Unless you want the car to kiss your @ss every day with "comfort".
      stumpy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously though... who the hell is running this company in the US? since when does the redesigned mirage have priority over the new evo? and why is the eclipse dead? and what is happening with the galant? Does this company do any market research? do they know their customer base? I'm more and more confused every day.
        Stirling Matheson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stumpy
        Because the Evo is a niche car, and the Mirage is at least a part of a segment with real sales potential. Not that Mitsu will see any of that, but that's because it's a POS with no marketing.
        r.salem
        • 11 Months Ago
        @stumpy
        the person who's responsible for all of this has a place in hell don't worry
      bchreng
      • 1 Year Ago
      Remove the turbo and stick with a 200-or-so hp 4 banger. That should yield a nice combined 30mpg average and give some more competition for the FR-S, GTI and Civic Si. Problem solved.
        Jazzor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bchreng
        That's a job for the Eclipse... an Eclipse they never cared to bring back to life.. Google "Mitsubishi Concept RA"
      Giumela
      • 1 Year Ago
      As an Evo 8 owner I'm very disappointed that Mitsu is not only confused about the future of the Evo but also not interested in making improvements or refinements to the current model. If it wasn't for the Evo I'm sure Mitsubishi would have been just another Saturn or Pontiac with mediocre models rolling off the assembly line. Stop your complacency Mitsubishi and do what you do best....innovate for the common person . Don't make me come out there pull you from under your desk ;)
      • 1 Year Ago
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      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll be there in a few years when the XI launches. Never has another car been so focused or direct for the price. Time to hold on to my 2012 GSR and keep the miles low. I wonder how high the blue book will climb this time around. Last time they announced this, my Evo IX climbed in value so much that I sold it for more than I bought it for. $24K for a 2006 with 60K miles. Now they are easily $17K less than a year later. Watch them go back up now..... Buy an Evo if you want one because soon they will be even more difficult to obtain. Wrecked shells of Evo IX's already go for 5K+. If it runs that's 12K. Decent condition even higher. Glad to have owned both an IX and X. Most fun I've ever had with my clothes on.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Congratulations -- you contributed to the economic recession by fooling some idiot out of $7,000.
      JGM038
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi is the next Suzuki.
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hardly see the EVO around. They made it too expensive with all the new exclusive tech. Subaru wisely kept using the Impreza platform and re-used existing engines/transmissions to cut down costs so they could still sell them for well under 30k. It may not be as good as the EVO but it kept the line going.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lazybeans
        They do have a cheap version - the Ralliart.
        Chayil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lazybeans
        Try to find an STi that gores for under 30K. I dare you. Most STi's are priced around 36-38K. I have a 2011 Evo X GSR bought brand new and out the door for 33K. New ones around here can be had for 34K. Kind of destroys your too expensive myth. And please, don't trot out the MR that might go for as much as 45K. Most Evo owners still want to row through their own gears manually.
      WhoMeWhere
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good bye Mistubishi, with the Lancer gone you have only 2 cars to sell in the US. 3 if the Mirage actually appears
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WhoMeWhere
        [blocked]
      Kristen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsu's electric-eyed CEO is going to drive them into oblivion.
        Jazzor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kristen
        Yeah freaking Osamo Masucking needs to step down... let Dr. Evo (Fujii Hiroshi) take control of this company I swear.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      looking at these pictures makes me realize how much the new WRX and the previous EVO look alike. Give them the same grill and they look almost the same http://www.subaru.com.au/active/sites/default/files/2015-subaru-wrx.jpg
        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bonehead
        not sure which im getting voted down for. Did i offed the EVO owners of the future WRX owners. LOL.
          Jazzor
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bonehead
          You only got voted down cause these do not look nearly identical =\
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      The WRX doesn't really make any new improvements, it looks worse.. gets marginally better MPG, so sad Subaru can't design a decent engine.. CVT that gets 19/25 mpg LOL... Mitsu probably saw the new Subaru and said why change..
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