By on July 10, 2014


First the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was slated to die immediately. Then, we got a reprieve. But now it appears that the Evo’s last mile is in sight.

According to Jalopnik, Mitsubishi has confirmed that the Evo will stick around, but only for one more model year. Unfortunately, the Evo doesn’t seem to fit within Mitsubishi’s overarching vision as a maker of environmentally friendly vehicles, as evidenced by their statement below

Mitsubishi Motors does not have any plans to design a successor with the current concept such as a high-performance four-wheel-drive gasoline-powered sedan. Mitsubishi Motors will explore the possibilities of high-performance models that incorporate electric vehicle technology. Moving forward, the technology honed in the Lancer evolution model will continue to be advanced and proactively incorporated into future models.

With the i-MiEV and the Outlander PHEV, Mitsubishi is making a concerted effort to pivot towards a lineup where green technology, rather than performance, is the focus of their brand. The Evo runs counter to this in nearly every way possible. The Lancer is also an ancient vehicle by auto industry standards, with the Subaru Impreza already moving on to the next generation even though both cars were all-new in 2007. If you want one, better hurry…the Evo XI is likely going to look more like today’s crop of hybrid hypercars than any rally homologation special.

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19 Comments on “Mitsubishi’s Stay Of Evo Execution Good ‘Till 2015...”

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    In the world of overhyped imports, only the Evo stands above the FRS/BRZ.

    The only one that actually lives up to, delivers and blows away the hype is the Nissan GT-R.

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    It’s a shame that Mitsubishi is flailing so poorly. Would loved for it to get some more updates. I loved my heavily nodded GSR, and plan to get an MR. There’s nothing, at that price point, with a drive train like it.

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    I think Mitsubishi is taking a step in the right direction. As sad as I am to see an enthusiast’s car leave the market, Mitsubishi has done very well with the Mirage and Outlander PHEVs. It would be better for them to lose this model and be able to remain in the US marketplace. Heck, I haven’t even been able to test drive a Mirage yet because the dealership here in Birmingham can’t keep them in stock.

    • 0 avatar

      Mirage is selling well, is it really?! The same one that has been blasted by just about every review outlet, including a humorous review from Consumer Reports?! I dont know why anyone would pick it over the other cars in its price range, such as a decent base Fiesta. The $800 cheaper Spark is a superior car as well.

      To me, the quality of the remaining vehicles, Mirage, iMiev, Lancer, Outlander, spells the end of Mitsubishi North America. Smells of Suzuki, with a couple extra models, if you want my opinion. The last autoshow I was at I sat in every Mitsubishi in their lineup. It was a pretty depressing experience after sitting in all of their competitors just minutes before. Even the EVO felt rough inside, but its promise has always been the drive train, something a showroom cant show off. I dont think the rest of their models can boast that promise.

      The EVO, despite being dated compared to the current STI, and “overhyped” (in some peoples opinion) is still their only semi competitive non sucking vehicle. Without it, Mitsubishi lacks any form of a halo vehicle. Is the promise of iMiev suppose to lure people to the show room?

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    These look menacing in white and I love the idea, but there are so many choices for that kind of money that offer so much more value. And…forget about buying a used EVO for obvious reasons, so it’s new or nothing. The EVO is an incredibly tough sell.

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      I suppose it depends on what “value” you are looking for. If you want all-weather utility, peerless handling, modding potential, and decently comfortable seating for 4 adults, your options are pretty limited IMO. An Evo or a Subie. But then, I’ve never known an Evo owner to say “there’s not enough soft-touch materials in the interior” or “why doesn’t it have lane-change assist?” The only thing that sucks is the X’s abysmal trunk space.

      If you go German (CLA45 AMG, Audi S3, xDrive 3-series): nowhere near the handling precision, plus modding and maintenance will cost a fortune. A VW Golf R is an option but, IMO, comes in the hideous hatchback form factor.

      If you go domestic muscle: cheaper to mod and maintain, but are either fat pigs (Charger, Challenger), even less practical for moving passengers (Camaro, Mustang), or don’t have equivalent all-weather flexibility (all of the above). You can lump the GenCoupe and the 370Z in this category too.

      A Cadillac ATS is a decent sedan, presumably cheaper to maintain than a 3-series but has damn-near no aftermarket support. The AWD versions are an unknown quality to me.

      Acura TL SH-AWD? Hideous and heavy.

      Did I miss anything?

      I’m probably one of the only people who cross-shopped a used Evo X MR with used C6 Corvettes (in 2010 both were in the $30-35k price range). I bought the Evo (only 12k miles and stock) and have never regretted it. I’ve got it for sale now, only because I live in Japan and don’t plan to return to the US. If my financial situation were more robust I’d absolutely hold onto it forever…just in case. Nevertheless, I’m surprised at how well it’s held its value.

      I expect to buy another used DCT Evo X here in Japan, hopefully within 2 years or less. After reading the Capsule Review, I might even wait for used 2015 WRX’s to hit reasonable prices (probably take 5-10 years here :-( ). In the meantime, my focus is upgrading the engine on my Chaser to 400-500rwhp via a 2JZ bottom end (plus new turbo).

      I’d really love to see how BTSR elaborates on how the Evo is “overrated” but in the same breath praises the GT-R. More than a few Evo X owners have upgraded to GT-Rs and posted about their experiences in the EvolutionM forums. The usual commentary is that the Evo X is the “baby GT-R” and the closest option to a GT-R-like experience under $50k.

      Mitsubishi’s biggest failing with this car is a failure to push the power levels higher (typical Japanese IMO, don’t disturb the “wa”, it’s just right as is). Why do the Brits get the FQ-400 but we don’t? And why does it cost a fortune? I’ve said it before in other threads: there are *tons* of Evo X’s reliably making 400hp *at the wheels* with <$5k in upgrades….WHY THE HELL couldn't Mitsu get this car to 400hp *at the crank* over the past 7 years?!

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        1) The lower powered versions are better per Top Gear.
        2) The FQ-400 had a ludicrous maintenance regimen and was priced ridiculously.
        3) Lemon Laws
        4) Litigious Americans
        5) There’s a vibrant aftermarket available for those who want it.
        6) Fear of igniting a horsepower war with Subaru that would be bad for both companies in the end?

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          Points 1-4 Re: the FQ400 are reasonably valid. But only for the FQ-400 *as developed by Mitsubishi* being a cost/maintenance nightmare. The crux of my argument is that a 400 crank hp 4B11T, developed with OEM-level R&D, should be neither.

          5,6 however, I disagree with. I’ll point to the Mustang/Camaro for support. Ford’s V8 was in the 300hp range in the GT for ages and the Mustang has always had huge aftermarket support. Ford still replaced the engine and pushed the power to 400+. You could arguably say the Camaro SS started the current horsepower war, and that has benefited consumers, GM, and Ford alike. Consumers get faster cars, the engineers are busy with fun performance projects (Z/28, anyone?), and the constant one-upmanship keeps the companies in the news for marketing purposes.

          A Mitsu/Subie horsepower war would only end badly because:
          a) Mitsu’s strategic vision has gone off the deep end
          b) Subaru seems equally unwilling/unable to make serious engine R&D investments. How long have they been flogging that EJ25 in the STI now?

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    John R

    If there is to be another Evo, a “hybrid” Evo, my hope is that is more of the McLaren P1/LaFerrari variety than the 918 variety.

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    Mitsubishi’s statement of their marketing and product direction reminds me of Isuzu’s market approach in the late 90’s–they decided to focus entirely on small trucks and SUV’s. We all know where that ended up. This appears to be a last attempt to revitalize their struggling brand by focusing on a perceived hot market. With the exception of the EVO line, they are just a blah product with blah design and blah quality being sold on recycled blah car dealership lots.

    Snot going to work, Mitsubishi, but best of luck.

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    I always thought back in the day that Mitsubishi could have filled out a pretty decent lineup for a relaunched Saturn.

    Go back to the original Saturn idea of no haggle, no pressure sales. Heck they probably could have picked up Spring Hill for a song.

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    On paper the Saturn idea makes sense, but Mitsubishi’s dealer network has always been desperately stuck in hard-sell Seventies mode, even when they’ve done well. There was no one at either company with the know-how to blend those two organizations at the retail level.

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    That’s too bad for a maker with major engineering potential. Mitsubishi can’t get the US market right. They’ve killed off just about everything good. Now they’re killing a gem. Mitsubishi has a great lineup of SUVs (Pajero) in Japan and other surrounding countries. It’s obvious their interest has just about died here in the US. Killing the EVO is a shame. I’ve never driven a car that gripped so well. It has muscle and it has brains. Shame on Mitsubishi…

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