Speaking to Autocar, Mitsubishi Chairman and CEO Osamu Masuko confirmed that there is no development plan for a new high performance saloon as the focus is currently on its new mainstream hybrid SUV line-up and it has “lots to do” about its development. Small sales, emissions and efficiency issues lead to the end of journey for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. However, if a plan kicks-off for an Evo model in the future, the Japanese automaker “would like to utilise plug-in hybrid technology for high performance”.
“If we can use EV or PHEV technologies for high-performance cars, we could certainly continue,” said Mr. Masuko.
The high performance model is done after a journey of ten generations and will bid farewell with the ‘Final Edition’ which has already been announced in several markets including Japan, U.S. and Canada.
The fourth generation Mitsubishi RVR (ASX/Outlander Sport) could be the next one to bear the Evo badge, but even if it happens, it won’t be in the foreseeable future, as per a report released earlier this year.