Mitsubishi might be bringing back the Lancer Evolution performance sedan, and this time we’re told they’re not going to turn it into a crossover as they did with the Eclipse.
Back in the days of the import tuner era, the Mitsubishi Lancer was a famous car featured in movies and TV shows. Renowned for its all-wheel-drive performance and impressive power from its 2.0-L turbo 4-cylinder engine, the Lancer Evolution was for a time Mitsubishi’s halo car.
Then the import tuner scene disappeared and the Lancer’s fortunes dried up in a rising tide of pickups, crossovers, and SUVs.
But perhaps the tide will turn once again and the Lancer will make its triumphant return to do battle against its old foe, the Subaru Impreza. A new report from Autocar says that Mitsubishi is considering a return of the Mitsubishi Lancer and its performance variant, the Evolution.
Take it all with a grain of salt as Autocar could only quote “Japanese-based sources” and not leaks from within the company. But they did have quite a few details to share, so maybe that’s promising.
First, the car will be built on the upcoming CMF-C/D F4 platform being jointly developed by Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi as part of their global alliance. It’ll use the drivetrain from the next-generation Renault Mégane RS, which is a 2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder which outputs 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque in its top trim.
Those power figures aren’t too far off from the former Evo X’s 291 hp and 300 lb-ft, which sounds a little disappointing. However, rumors also point to the Evo XI getting a 48V mild-hybrid system that would boost power closer to where the current Impreza WRX STI S209 sits at 341 hp and 319 lb-ft.
Mitsubishi would provide their advanced S-AWC four-wheel drive system, and then slap it all together in either 4-door or 5-door configuration.
There’s no official name confirmed yet, but we can’t imagine it being anything other than Lancer Evo XI. If Mitsubishi wants to get back into the performance game, then a reborn Lancer Evo is certainly the way to do it.