If it were only so easy for humans. Mitsubishi has extended the life of the Lancer Evolution X by at least a year. An MMNA spokesperson tells AutoGuide that it is "committed to introducing the 2015 model year Lancer Evolution," noting that production for said models will begin in July. This gives us a year of clarity about the future of a model whose future blinks in and out of existence quicker than a boson particle.

As far as we can tell, the Evo as we know it is definitely going to die, the question is when. In March, Mitsubishi said it "does not have any plans to design a successor with the current concept, as a high-performance four-wheel drive gasoline-powered sedan." What is rumored to fill the hole left by the Evo might or might not be a linear descendent, but is expected to be some kind of hybridized high-performance model about which much has been speculated.

MMNA PR manager Alex Fedorak told Autoblog, "Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is committed to introducing the 2015 model year Lancer Evolution in the U.S. Production of North American-specification Lancer Evolution models for the 2015 model year will commence in July 2014." Our previous advice still stands, however, even with the extension: If you want one, get an Evo while you can.


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      truewhiteboy
      • 6 Months Ago
      That's a shame. I hope they release something similar soon. I've always enjoyed how the Evo and STI both kept pushing each other to put out better and better products
      mitytitywhitey
      • 6 Months Ago
      They should release a bonkers version before it goes out.
        MachDelta
        • 6 Months Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        You mean like the FQ400? You'll only ever find them in the UK.
        Mike M
        • 6 Months Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        That would be awesome! But I doubt they are going to spend the money/resources on it. The last hurrah edition
      ffelix422
      • 6 Months Ago
      That color, (with those wheels) in the photo is BRILLIANT!! Mitsu let's another star die, sloooowly. Please stand over there next to the; Starion, Galant VR-4, Eclipse (1990-1998), 3000GT/GTO, FTO....
      Biff Tannen
      • 6 Months Ago
      Oh thank GOD the overpriced ugly econobox lives on. I was beginning to worry I wouldn't be able to see more shots of the dated boring interior and hear of the wonderful Mitsubishi quality. I can sleep tonight.
        ffelix422
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Biff Tannen
        Yes, your 1997 Camry, (4 cylinder - automatic) is tucked away safely in your garage.
        ffelix422
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Biff Tannen
        Yes, your 1997 Camry, (4 cylinder - automatic) is tucked away safely in your garage.
      Rob
      • 6 Months Ago
      12 months is about the life expectancy of Mitsubishi in North America
      jeffmorse7
      • 6 Months Ago
      I bought a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback thinking it was probably near the end of its run. Here we are coming up on 2015 and there's still no new model in sight. I've never seen a car company wait so long between new platforms. Toyota did it with the Corolla from like 2004 to 2013, but I'm afraid Mitsubishi is going to beat them with the current generation Lancer.
      thenewrick
      • 6 Months Ago
      Someone needs to do a proper farewell comparison between the final model year Evo and the STi at the time. Will be sad to see that era end.
      EvilTollMan
      • 6 Months Ago
      Friggin mitsubishi, now is their opportunity to make a comeback with the new WRX and all. But they'll just wither away. I guess they literally dont see the point or dont have the funds...
      Natural
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm a Mitsubishi fan and I own an Outlander, but I don't see the sense in keeping around a 7 year old car with no changes whatsoever. These guys have the laziest or poorly directed R&D team of any NA automaker. We know the motor can handle more power. Notch it up 20hp. Even some token updates would mean something. Anything. I loved the EVO 4 years ago, but how could anyone justify spending $45k on a 7 year old model. It's very frustrating as a Mitsubishi fan to know they can build an extremely reliable vehicle, but make seemingly no effort to turn their NA business model around. I would buy an EVO tomorrow if it was a new model that built on the strengths of the EVO X.
        AcidTonic
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Natural
        Has to be emissions or something.... Overseas they will sell you 300hp, 330, 360, 400, or 440hp. Depends on how much you wanna pay. It's only good for us in that we still get a block that is way overbuilt even if they won't ever give us the higher output turbocharger/tune. Also good in that the AWD system is capable of handing the extra power. No one else gives you hybrid MassAir+SpeedDensity tuning in a factory ECU. No one else has active rear differentials on their AWD performance-oriented cars. They were first to market with active differentials in the 90's and the FQ400 for years held the record for highest horsepower per liter of a production vehicle.... with 2nd place being a supercar. Also they have pretty nice stats on the Outlander with SAWC which destroys the Porsche Cayenne going through the slalom even though it's not as sporty. They put an active FRONT differential on the SUV which is also super rare. Basically the same unit on the rear of the Evo but up front. They just don't know how to market their sporty cars. They have no desire to tell people about systems their cars have beyond a simple blurb, even if super innovative... Then they milk the Evo X by basically killing the 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 thing they had going with a new number every few years. We should be on Evo 13 by now...... 1: 1992-1994 2: 1994-1995 3: 1995-1996 4: 1996-1998 5: 1998-1999 6: 1999-2001 7: 2001-2003 8: 2003-2005 9: 2006 only (in USA, 2005-2007 elsewhere) 10: 2008-?????FLATLINE Why build good cars only to let them rot? Why innovate and then keep hush hush about it? People over here rant about a Corvette with 460hp, yet overseas you sell an AWD car that make 440hp with 4 doors for basically the same money. Why not embarass GM and release that over here? Advertise it driving in wet conditions while the Vett owner sits inside bored. Try something.... Anything. Word of mouth isn't getting them as far as it used to.... Back when Mustangs made 260hp and the Evo made 289hp in a lighter car with four wheel drive it was cool.... Now everyone has 400-450 ponies. Your motor handles it but here we only get 300. What happened?
        AcidTonic
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Natural
        Has to be emissions or something.... Overseas they will sell you 300hp, 330, 360, 400, or 440hp. Depends on how much you wanna pay. It's only good for us in that we still get a block that is way overbuilt even if they won't ever give us the higher output turbocharger/tune. Also good in that the AWD system is capable of handing the extra power. No one else gives you hybrid MassAir+SpeedDensity tuning in a factory ECU. No one else has active rear differentials on their AWD performance-oriented cars. They were first to market with active differentials in the 90's and the FQ400 for years held the record for highest horsepower per liter of a production vehicle.... with 2nd place being a supercar. Also they have pretty nice stats on the Outlander with SAWC which destroys the Porsche Cayenne going through the slalom even though it's not as sporty. They put an active FRONT differential on the SUV which is also super rare. Basically the same unit on the rear of the Evo but up front. They just don't know how to market their sporty cars. They have no desire to tell people about systems their cars have beyond a simple blurb, even if super innovative... Then they milk the Evo X by basically killing the 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 thing they had going with a new number every few years. We should be on Evo 13 by now...... 1: 1992-1994 2: 1994-1995 3: 1995-1996 4: 1996-1998 5: 1998-1999 6: 1999-2001 7: 2001-2003 8: 2003-2005 9: 2006 only (in USA, 2005-2007 elsewhere) 10: 2008-?????FLATLINE Why build good cars only to let them rot? Why innovate and then keep hush hush about it? People over here rant about a Corvette with 460hp, yet overseas you sell an AWD car that make 440hp with 4 doors for basically the same money. Why not embarass GM and release that over here? Advertise it driving in wet conditions while the Vett owner sits inside bored. Try something.... Anything. Word of mouth isn't getting them as far as it used to.... Back when Mustangs made 260hp and the Evo made 289hp in a lighter car with four wheel drive it was cool.... Now everyone has 400-450 ponies. Your motor handles it but here we only get 300. What happened?
        Engineer.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Natural
        The car is not technically old at all. It's AWD system is still the very best on the market, there's no competition to it from others. Engine is not badly dated, it could be more powerful but that would mean investing more money on the dying model which is not necessarily all that smart. They don't push the power over limits, because of emissions, fuel economey, reliability. The power figures of the cars are based on calculations and tests, the manufacturer does not just "incease the power by 20hp", because that kind of culture usually leads to catastrophe in the long run, when parts weren't strong enough to handle the power in all possible situations . . . In car business, R&D is one of the biggest costs. Once the car is designed and the development job is complete, it can be relatively cheap to produce the vehicle and the more they can sell one model, the more profitable it is. Material costs in car production are quite low actually, also it isn't very labour intensive.The R&D is the big cost, which is why you should sell one model for as long as people will keep buying it. Financially the company is healthier than for 30 years . . . If the evo has customers, they don't need to update it. While they have said that the C segment is so competitive, that they are not going to develope a new car model to it. They will be focusing their R&D budget to things where they have always been good at, which is smart move from a small company. It's like Microsoft and Sony with their game consoles. They invest huge R&D moneys to make the best console. Then they have to sell the console for years before the business even turns profitable. Same time Nintendo has been making huge amoung of money with their Wii, that's a bit dated, but the R&D costs of the Wii for nintendo were minimal, which is why their business is very profitable...
        Engineer.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Natural
        The car is not technically old at all. It's AWD system is still the very best on the market, there's no competition to it from others. Engine is not badly dated, it could be more powerful but that would mean investing more money on the dying model which is not necessarily all that smart. They don't push the power over limits, because of emissions, fuel economey, reliability. The power figures of the cars are based on calculations and tests, the manufacturer does not just "incease the power by 20hp", because that kind of culture usually leads to catastrophe in the long run, when parts weren't strong enough to handle the power in all possible situations . . . In car business, R&D is one of the biggest costs. Once the car is designed and the development job is complete, it can be relatively cheap to produce the vehicle and the more they can sell one model, the more profitable it is. Material costs in car production are quite low actually, also it isn't very labour intensive.The R&D is the big cost, which is why you should sell one model for as long as people will keep buying it. Financially the company is healthier than for 30 years . . . If the evo has customers, they don't need to update it. While they have said that the C segment is so competitive, that they are not going to develope a new car model to it. They will be focusing their R&D budget to things where they have always been good at, which is smart move from a small company. It's like Microsoft and Sony with their game consoles. They invest huge R&D moneys to make the best console. Then they have to sell the console for years before the business even turns profitable. Same time Nintendo has been making huge amoung of money with their Wii, that's a bit dated, but the R&D costs of the Wii for nintendo were minimal, which is why their business is very profitable...
        Engineer.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Natural
        The car is not technically old at all. It's AWD system is still the very best on the market, there's no competition to it from others. Engine is not badly dated, it could be more powerful but that would mean investing more money on the dying model which is not necessarily all that smart. They don't push the power over limits, because of emissions, fuel economey, reliability. The power figures of the cars are based on calculations and tests, the manufacturer does not just "incease the power by 20hp", because that kind of culture usually leads to catastrophe in the long run, when parts weren't strong enough to handle the power in all possible situations . . . In car business, R&D is one of the biggest costs. Once the car is designed and the development job is complete, it can be relatively cheap to produce the vehicle and the more they can sell one model, the more profitable it is. Material costs in car production are quite low actually, also it isn't very labour intensive.The R&D is the big cost, which is why you should sell one model for as long as people will keep buying it. Financially the company is healthier than for 30 years . . . If the evo has customers, they don't need to update it. While they have said that the C segment is so competitive, that they are not going to develope a new car model to it. They will be focusing their R&D budget to things where they have always been good at, which is smart move from a small company. It's like Microsoft and Sony with their game consoles. They invest huge R&D moneys to make the best console. Then they have to sell the console for years before the business even turns profitable. Same time Nintendo has been making huge amoung of money with their Wii, that's a bit dated, but the R&D costs of the Wii for nintendo were minimal, which is why their business is very profitable...
        AcidTonic
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Natural
        Has to be emissions or something.... Overseas they will sell you 300hp, 330, 360, 400, or 440hp. Depends on how much you wanna pay. It's only good for us in that we still get a block that is way overbuilt even if they won't ever give us the higher output turbocharger/tune. Also good in that the AWD system is capable of handing the extra power. No one else gives you hybrid MassAir+SpeedDensity tuning in a factory ECU. No one else has active rear differentials on their AWD performance-oriented cars. They were first to market with active differentials in the 90's and the FQ400 for years held the record for highest horsepower per liter of a production vehicle.... with 2nd place being a supercar. Also they have pretty nice stats on the Outlander with SAWC which destroys the Porsche Cayenne going through the slalom even though it's not as sporty. They put an active FRONT differential on the SUV which is also super rare. Basically the same unit on the rear of the Evo but up front. They just don't know how to market their sporty cars. They have no desire to tell people about systems their cars have beyond a simple blurb, even if super innovative... Then they milk the Evo X by basically killing the 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 thing they had going with a new number every few years. We should be on Evo 13 by now...... 1: 1992-1994 2: 1994-1995 3: 1995-1996 4: 1996-1998 5: 1998-1999 6: 1999-2001 7: 2001-2003 8: 2003-2005 9: 2006 only (in USA, 2005-2007 elsewhere) 10: 2008-?????FLATLINE Why build good cars only to let them rot? Why innovate and then keep hush hush about it? People over here rant about a Corvette with 460hp, yet overseas you sell an AWD car that make 440hp with 4 doors for basically the same money. Why not embarass GM and release that over here? Advertise it driving in wet conditions while the Vett owner sits inside bored. Try something.... Anything. Word of mouth isn't getting them as far as it used to.... Back when Mustangs made 260hp and the Evo made 289hp in a lighter car with four wheel drive it was cool.... Now everyone has 400-450 ponies. Your motor handles it but here we only get 300. What happened?
        Engineer.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Natural
        The car is not technically old at all. It's AWD system is still the very best on the market, there's no competition to it from others. Engine is not badly dated, it could be more powerful but that would mean investing more money on the dying model which is not necessarily all that smart. They don't push the power over limits, because of emissions, fuel economey, reliability. The power figures of the cars are based on calculations and tests, the manufacturer does not just "incease the power by 20hp", because that kind of culture usually leads to catastrophe in the long run, when parts weren't strong enough to handle the power in all possible situations . . . In car business, R&D is one of the biggest costs. Once the car is designed and the development job is complete, it can be relatively cheap to produce the vehicle and the more they can sell one model, the more profitable it is. Material costs in car production are quite low actually, also it isn't very labour intensive.The R&D is the big cost, which is why you should sell one model for as long as people will keep buying it. Financially the company is healthier than for 30 years . . . If the evo has customers, they don't need to update it. While they have said that the C segment is so competitive, that they are not going to develope a new car model to it. They will be focusing their R&D budget to things where they have always been good at, which is smart move from a small company. It's like Microsoft and Sony with their game consoles. They invest huge R&D moneys to make the best console. Then they have to sell the console for years before the business even turns profitable. Same time Nintendo has been making huge amoung of money with their Wii, that's a bit dated, but the R&D costs of the Wii for nintendo were minimal, which is why their business is very profitable...
        Engineer.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Natural
        The car is not technically old at all. It's AWD system is still the very best on the market, there's no competition to it from others. Engine is not badly dated, it could be more powerful but that would mean investing more money on the dying model which is not necessarily all that smart. They don't push the power over limits, because of emissions, fuel economey, reliability. The power figures of the cars are based on calculations and tests, the manufacturer does not just "incease the power by 20hp", because that kind of culture usually leads to catastrophe in the long run, when parts weren't strong enough to handle the power in all possible situations . . . In car business, R&D is one of the biggest costs. Once the car is designed and the development job is complete, it can be relatively cheap to produce the vehicle and the more they can sell one model, the more profitable it is. Material costs in car production are quite low actually, also it isn't very labour intensive.The R&D is the big cost, which is why you should sell one model for as long as people will keep buying it. Financially the company is healthier than for 30 years . . . If the evo has customers, they don't need to update it. While they have said that the C segment is so competitive, that they are not going to develope a new car model to it. They will be focusing their R&D budget to things where they have always been good at, which is smart move from a small company. It's like Microsoft and Sony with their game consoles. They invest huge R&D moneys to make the best console. Then they have to sell the console for years before the business even turns profitable. Same time Nintendo has been making huge amoung of money with their Wii, that's a bit dated, but the R&D costs of the Wii for nintendo were minimal, which is why their business is very profitable...
        Engineer.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Natural
        The car is not technically old at all. It's AWD system is still the very best on the market, there's no competition to it from others. Engine is not badly dated, it could be more powerful but that would mean investing more money on the dying model which is not necessarily all that smart. They don't push the power over limits, because of emissions, fuel economey, reliability. The power figures of the cars are based on calculations and tests, the manufacturer does not just "incease the power by 20hp", because that kind of culture usually leads to catastrophe in the long run, when parts weren't strong enough to handle the power in all possible situations . . . In car business, R&D is one of the biggest costs. Once the car is designed and the development job is complete, it can be relatively cheap to produce the vehicle and the more they can sell one model, the more profitable it is. Material costs in car production are quite low actually, also it isn't very labour intensive.The R&D is the big cost, which is why you should sell one model for as long as people will keep buying it. Financially the company is healthier than for 30 years . . . If the evo has customers, they don't need to update it. While they have said that the C segment is so competitive, that they are not going to develope a new car model to it. They will be focusing their R&D budget to things where they have always been good at, which is smart move from a small company. It's like Microsoft and Sony with their game consoles. They invest huge R&D moneys to make the best console. Then they have to sell the console for years before the business even turns profitable. Same time Nintendo has been making huge amoung of money with their Wii, that's a bit dated, but the R&D costs of the Wii for nintendo were minimal, which is why their business is very profitable...
      richie6653
      • 6 Months Ago
      Hey at least it will be here for another year to compete with the new STI and the upcoming Golf R..
      Natural
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm a Mitsubishi fan and I own an Outlander, but I don't see the sense in keeping around a 7 year old car with no changes whatsoever. These guys have the laziest or poorly directed R&D team of any NA automaker. We know the motor can handle more power. Notch it up 20hp. Even some token updates would mean something. Anything. I loved the EVO 4 years ago, but how could anyone justify spending $45k on a 7 year old model. It's very frustrating as a Mitsubishi fan to know they can build an extremely reliable vehicle, but make seemingly no effort to turn their NA business model around. I would buy an EVO tomorrow if it was a new model that built on the strengths of the EVO X.
      Natural
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm a Mitsubishi fan and I own an Outlander, but I don't see the sense in keeping around a 7 year old car with no changes whatsoever. These guys have the laziest or poorly directed R&D team of any NA automaker. We know the motor can handle more power. Notch it up 20hp. Even some token updates would mean something. Anything. I loved the EVO 4 years ago, but how could anyone justify spending $45k on a 7 year old model. It's very frustrating as a Mitsubishi fan to know they can build an extremely reliable vehicle, but make seemingly no effort to turn their NA business model around. I would buy an EVO tomorrow if it was a new model that built on the strengths of the EVO X.
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