Well this makes us feel a bit like the boy who cried wolf. Earlier this year we brought you news that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X was dead . It seems that is not entirely correct. A new report form Autoguide has quotes form Amanda Savercool at Mitsubishi’s U.S. arm has flat out denied that 2014 is the last year of the Evo X.
Now there are some caveats here. First off, she can only speak for the U.S. model, and she is only stating that there will be a 2015 Evo. Nothing more, nothing less.
We still expect the Evo to bow out of the world stage sooner, rather than later, and this may just be a last hurrah to allow Mitsubishi to get rid of parts. Either way, if you have $35,000 or so and you want a Japanese rally n monster that doesn’t wear a Subaru badge, Mitsubishi still has your back.
According to the report, the 2015 car will begin production in a month or so. We have no information on any potential changes to the car, but smart money says it is exactly the same as the 2014 model.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
Why It Matters
With no competition for the WRX STI, Subaru has no reason to push to make the car better. Competition is always good for everyone, and having such a storied nameplate die off is a loss for us all. The writing is still on the wall for the Evo X, but this news gives us a slight glimmer of hope that Evo X may live until Mitsubishi can bring an 11th-generation car to market.
It may not be winning rally races like some of its predecessors, but the Evo X still has a place among enthusiast. Grab one while you can, because 2015 may be your last chance to ever secure one of these incredible marvels of engineering.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is the tenth-generation AWD rally rocket from the Japanese company. It is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that dumps 291 horsepower to all four corners through one of the most advanced AWD systems in the segment.
While the car is in its tenth iteration, it has only been available on U.S. shores since the Evo VII arrived in 2003. The car was imported to the U.S. as a direct response to Subaru’s success with the WRX and WRX STI.