If your level of enthusiasm for Mitsubishi vehicles is anywhere near ours here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, you shed tears back in 2016 when the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was retired from the United States market.
But, some rumors have us holding in hopeful breaths: A Lancer Evo return may be imminent.
First launched in 1992, the Lancer Evo swiftly became a rally superstar. It might have been a no-frills performance sedan, but that didn’t prevent it from being all thrills for thousands of drivers across the States. Mitsubishi is looking back to its sporty roots after solidifying a platform-sharing partnership with Renault.
Autocar is reporting that the new iteration of the Lancer Evo will share a platform with the Renault Megane RS and will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. They speculate that the new Lancer Evo could achieve outputs of as much as 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, if it is anything like its cousin on the Renault side of the family.
According to some whispers, the next-gen Lancer Evo will be available as a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan. It will likely offer a manual gearbox and the Mitsubishi Super All-Wheel Control four-wheel drive system.
We’re excited at the prospect of a Lancer Evo return, and hope we’ll have it back in our inventory alongside the current Mitsubishi cars and SUVs.