Mitsubishi Evo survives but future looks promise change

Mitsubishi has moved to quash rumours of the Lancer Evolution's demise by confirming that production of the performance saloon will continue.

The current model (the Evo X) had been cited as a possible candidate for cancellation thanks to its high CO2 emissions of 328g/km.

That figure had been deemed unsustainable as Mitsubishi commits itself to a low-emissions development plan focused on future hybrid models and EVs.

Chief executive Osamu Masuko confirmed in a statement that the company would press on with the 2.0-litre turbocharged cars' current production run.

That should please fans of the all-wheel drive super saloon, but there was also a clear indication that the future of the series will be very different to the Evo X.

'MMC has kept the Lancer Evolution sedan evolving as the brand's highest performing model in the global market. However, as the markets needs and demands change, MMC 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.

'The new direction, the technologies involved, and corresponding products will be disclosed in due course,' he said.

Mitsubishi is keeping the details pressed very close to its chest, but with the brands commitment to alternative powertrains, it seems very likely that the Evo's four cylinder, turbocharged chapter is likely to end with the current generation.
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