Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
November 25, 2013
The rumors of what will be happening with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution have been flying for the past few years. They have ranged from the model being killed off to morphing into a hybrid model. One thing is for certain, it's going to be awhile before we see a new Lancer Evolution.
CarAdvice had the chance to talk with Mitsubishi managing director of product projects and strategy Ryugo Nakao. Nakao said for the time being, the company is putting the development of the next-generation model on hold to focus more on SUVs, EVs, and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
“We cannot do both environmental protection and [internal combustion-engine-only] sports car at the same time, it will take time for us to make it possible. So concentrate on PHEV and EV first, then based on this development, we will like to support the next-generation of sports car if possible,” said Nakao.
When asked if the Lancer Evolution would be going away, Nakao said that has yet to be decided.
“It all depends on customer demand of course. In terms of volume, Evolution X is not a big volume seller.”