Next-Gen Mitsubishi Evo Might Start as an Outlander Sport SUV

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is not long of this earth. To the chagrin of diehard fans, Mitsubishi will axe its grippy ‘Evo’ sports sedan at the end of 2015 with no official plans to bring it back in a similar format. That’s bad news for hot-hot sedan fans, but not necessarily bad news overall.  In an interview with the UK’s Autocar, Mitsubishi president Tetsuro Aikawa reinforced the rumblings we’ve been hearing for months – the Evolution will make a return, and when it does, expect hybridization and an SUV base. Conveniently, the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport arrives in 2016 and all signs point to it as the next-gen Evo’s starting point, though that has yet to be confirmed. RELATED: Behold! This Ss the All-New 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV “To develop these kinds of vehicles, we have to sell a lot of the base models, so we can cover the research and development costs,” Aikawa said regarding the Evolution nameplate. In the U.S. at least, Mitsubishi has proven highly capable of doing just that in its crossover portfolio – the Outlander Sport outsold the Lancer by nearly double in 2014. Aikawa went on to clarify that regardless of body style, the Evo must be “light and fast – something performance oriented.” “In Japanese, when you pronounce ‘oh’ (in Evo), it means ‘king,'” Aikawa said. “We would like to launch this type of car featuring EV and PHEV technology, which is the ultimate of its kind. ‘EV’ for electric vehicle, ‘O’ for king - Evo.” RELATED: Sinister! Check Out the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 'Carbon Series' This fits with other accounts we’ve heard from within the company. I spoke with Mitsubishi North American boss Don Swearingen earlier this year, and he firmly believes in the company’s direction toward crossovers, electrification, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. “We can still deliver the power, just in a different way,” Swearingen said. There’s nothing that can fully replace the current Evo, but if you want one, we suggest picking up one of the 1,600 Special Action Models set to arrive later this year with claims of a new vehicle that will be lightweight, fast, powerful, and an SUV. Lest we forget one of the cars that put Mitsubishi on the world stage, the Dakar Rally taming Montero. RELATED: See More of the Iconic First-Gen Mitsubishi Montero ______________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide