We don’t quite understand what is exactly happening at Mitsubishi but we are with good reason starting to get a bit peeved. We loved the Mitsubishi Lancer, despite it’s rather lack luster-ness, and we gave the Lancer Evolution a special place in our hearts, that no super/hypercar could ever fill. And like every JDM fanboy we wept, fine! groaned loudly when they pulled the Evo from the production line promising never to bring it back again. Then they came back and did a final version, and our hearts did a little flutter. They said, 1600 more and that would be it. We waited with baited breaths as the most defining and perhaps the last great 4WD saloon rolled out of showrooms.
That was followed by a final-final Japan-only edition.
And that was it, we mourned the loss of an old icon and moved our lechery to the more realistic likes of hot European four wheel drive hatches. But no! Mitsubishi wouldn’t have it.
In a recent article in Motoring, apparently, Mitsubishi have claimed to regret the loss of their halo car and now want to bring the Evolution brand. Not now, though in another six (!?) years! However, most importantly, the Evolution will not return as a saloon. Nope, not even as a four-wheel drive hot hatch, you can forget that noise in case you had that thought coming.
According to Mitsubishi, the Evolution will return as a crossover, which basically puts this news and the soon to come Evolution “cross-over” as far up “couldn’t care less” street as we could go on a Monday morning. However, the only silver lining was Mitsubishi’s global boss, Trevor Mann’s hints at their return to dirt mongery and rally, a sport that put Mitsubishi on the map, to begin with.