A few weeks ago, in a discussion with Mitsubishi global product director Gayu Eusegi, Autocar reported him saying that the current Lancer Evolution X would be the last of the Evos, thus allowing Mitsubishi to concentrate on building EVs and other fuel-efficient vehicles. However, after much backlash from enthusiasts in the form of numerous Facebook groups and petitions, Mitsubishi President and CEO Osamu Masuko has announced that the Evo X would not, in fact, be the last of the Evolutions.

“Production of the current Lancer Evolution X continues as planned,” he told Autocar, “As for its successor, regulations and market feedback will dictate its engineering package and architecture.” There’s nothing new there as it was previously stated that the current Evo X was supposed to stick around at least another year, until 2012.

However, Masuko continued on to say, “As the market’s needs and demands change, Mitsubishi is considering not advancing the Lancer Evolution concept in the same way as before, but to find a different direction for the Lancer Evolution model to evolve.”

What does that mean exactly?

The rumor has long been that the Evo XI would be a diesel-electric hybrid. Such a powertrain would allow the Evo XI to hustle to 0-60 MPH in under 5 seconds while still receiving better fuel economy than the current Evo. At this stage, anything can happen. Masuko concluded the interview by saying, "The new direction, the technologies involved, and corresponding products will be disclosed in due course."


Source: AutoCar

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  (382) posted on 04.25.2012

When will they disclose its details? I can’t wait anymore!

  (831) posted on 09.26.2011

I want to test drive this one. Although I already saw similar designs to Mitsubishi EVO still prepare to have this one. And with its continuing series, I’m looking forward to see more advanced of it.

  (429) posted on 07.22.2011

We all know that this EVO is one of the powerful cars of Mitsubishi and is always compared to other cars, as a result, they were still continuing its series. The demand is still high, so I don’t think they’re going to end this one.

  (477) posted on 05.9.2011

Yeah, its a good thing that they have other plan for the EVO series. It seems that
this will be a long waiting since they are still working out on it! I can’t wait for the debut date!

  (1211) posted on 04.1.2011

When will they stop the EVO series?, Mitsubishi has gone from a good to the top class car with this series, specially on Asian countries. What I like about this new version is that the body looks more fluid and aerodynamically built. The flow is just perfect for me as I see it.

  (347) posted on 03.28.2011

Well, it’s a good thing that they are pushing the EVO to this new directions. This will definitely expand the capabilities of the line significantly.

  (647) posted on 03.25.2011

Yes, definitely agreed with you on that one the purists will really be agitated if they push through with a hybrid EVO. After all, the line is known more for power.

  (412) posted on 03.25.2011

Yeah, you’re right. It would be interesting to see the directions that they will take the EVO series to. But a purely electric car might not be to the liking of some Lancer fans.

  (553) posted on 03.24.2011

Yes, I agree. I think Mitsubishi should be car about their goal! I’m also a bit questioning the reliability of this car since the electric hybrid is doubtful of me. 

  (553) posted on 03.24.2011

 Well, that’s nice. I think Mitsubishi needs to have a further study about this "diesel-electric hybrid" production. However, I cannot get the sense in building up an electric car then activating its diesel engine in case the car will lose its power. So, what’s then the purpose of electric hybrid anyway when the reliability of the car is at questionable? 

  (428) posted on 03.24.2011

Come to think of it, Mitsubishi never really said that they are considering halting the EVO line. But I am really interested to see what this new direction for the line would be.

  (462) posted on 03.24.2011

Well, it’s really a good thing that they are not going to shut down the EVO line. These cars are certainly some of the best that came out from them in the past few years, so it would be really a bad move if they would stop it.

ChrisSeabaugh  (3) posted on 03.23.2011

I can’t make my mind up on whether or not I’m behind that. I guess it depends. I’m a huge fan of the current car so the next car can’t be "watered down." Mitsubishi has had a tendency in the past to do that (i.e. the Eclipse).

ChrisSeabaugh  (467) posted on 03.23.2011

Well now, a Lancer Evo hybrid, that is something really worth waiting for. Come to think of it, this one is actually a much better route for the Evo series to take.

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