Now in its 10th iteration, the iconic Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is at an existential crossroad. Recently stories began surfacing that this super sedan as we now know it was headed to the big showroom in the sky, the victim of a changing automotive environment that has seen Mitsubishi move toward a more rationalized global portfolio that places greater emphasis on the green side of the equation.
While the automaker has confirmed that the current iteration EVO X will carry on in its present form for at least another couple of years, a Mitsubishi spokesperson told us not to expect a conventional EVO XI to be part of the program when the Lancer platform gets its next redesign, which is likely to occur about 2013. The official corporate line just posted on its Facebook page merely notes: "Further to some comments published in the press recently, production of the current Lancer Evolution continues as planned. As for its successor, regulations and market feedback will dictate its engineering package & architecture. Stay tuned."
So what direction could a potential successor to this rally-inspired turbocharged all-wheel-drive sedan take? Several possibilities for at least resurrecting the EVO name have been circulating, with the most widely discussed being to use it on some sort of performance-oriented plug-in hybrid halo vehicle. Mitsubishi has stated that it will introduce eight new electric/plug-in vehicles globally by mid-decade; and with any luck, an ultimately "evolved" Evolution model might find its way into that mix. Stay tuned, indeed...