MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO WILL RETURN, REPORT SAYS

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the brand’s last enthusiast-aimed car offered in the States, was axed back in 2016 but will be resurrected in the future as an all-new model, Autocar reports.

The Lancer Evo became nothing short of a rally legend after its launch in 1992 (while also securing the status of neighborhood street-racing terror), offering a brash exterior and a light, lively chassis. Mitsubishi’s sportiest offering by far, the Lancer Evo was one of the last, focused, no-frills performance sedans of its generation alongside the Subaru WRX.

Autocar indicates that the next-gen model will be the fruit of Mitsubishi’s partnership with Renault (via Nissan, which owns a controlling stake in Mitsubishi), and will share the CMF-C/D F4 platform and parts of its drivetrain with the next-gen Renault Megane RS, expected to use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Autocar suggests that the Lancer Evo could benefit from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance’s development of a mild-hybrid system that would dial up the Renault Megane RS model’s output of 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque even higher, likely to the level produced by the current Subaru Impreza WRX STi S209, which packs 341 hp and 319 lb-ft of torque. The next Lancer Evo, tipped to be offered as a five-door hatchback and a four-door sedan, is once again expected to have a very manual gearbox, and to use Mitsubishi’s own S-AWC four-wheel-drive system.

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