It seems that natural selection has not smiled on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Automotive News broke the story that the Japanese automaker not only is wrapping up production of The Evo forever, but also that the company has not lined up a successor. The Evo has become an enthusiast favorite thanks to the car’s rally racing roots, high-pressure turbocharger that pushes out amazing performance from the engine, highly advanced all-wheel drive system that provides incredible handling, and numerous other technological innovations. The car is easily the most exciting vehicle in the dwindling Mitsubishi lineup for the United States car market.
For now, Mitsubishi is not confirming the report. The automaker also is not saying when the current tenth generation of the Evolution will end. According to the source, even though there will be a replacement compact car for the Lancer, the new model will not include a turbocharged, performance-oriented version like the Evolution.
This report contradicts rumors that were circulating only a few months ago that Mitsubishi would indeed end the Evolution, but would replace it with an even more powerful all-wheel drive hybrid model. There is a strong possibility that the Japanese automaker would use a hybrid performance car, given that it has set an organizational goal to turn 20 percent of its product offering into partly or fully-electric models by 2020. This theory also gains credence because of the recent success of hybrid performance cars like the Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari.
Of course, the automotive industry has more rumors floating around than a high school locker room, many of which are utterly false. Only time will tell if there is any truth to this one.