Mitsubishi has released additional details concerning its upcoming “strategic direction change” to focus on SUVs, SUTs, and alternatively-powered vehicles.

Mitsubishi has released additional details concerning its upcoming “strategic direction change” to focus on SUVs, SUTs, and alternatively-powered vehicles.

The Evo we all know and love is on its death bed and there's no chance of a recovery. That’s because Mitsubishi Motors has prioritized development of high-riding models to the detriment of the Lancer and Galant. In other words, the Japanese marque has set its sights on rolling out more SUVs and SUTs while at the same time increasing efforts regarding development of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full electric hardware.

Mitsubishi is ruling out a successor of the Pajero, but the current model in both SWB and LWB guises will live on “for as long as demand persists.” Mitsu points out the Outlander PHEV and eX concept represent a sneak preview of the company’s future direction.

In related news, the R&D efforts will be boosted by investing in a new research facility in Silicon Valley, California that will focus on electrification. The grand plan is to roll out “dual purpose vehicles that have all of the quality, technology and all-road prowess that Mitsubishi is known for, but which can also live comfortably in an urban jungle.”

We’ll just have to wait and see whether this will turn out to be a wise decision, but not getting a new Evo will be a real bummer.

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Mitsubishi details shift to more SUVs, SUTs and electrified models