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Mitsubishi has just confirmed about the replacement of the Evo X, but this time around, the replacement model won’t be an advanced concept model. Although there is still much demand for the Evo model, Mitsubishi still wanted to some how discontinue the Evo X model and puts its resources into the electric car development instead.
It is a wise move by the Mitsubishi indeed. It is changing to the market trend and expecting the future of automobiles, and that it will be electric cars. And really, how many people own the Evo X in the first place? Only a handful of enthusiasts who own this car, and that is not much to make Mitsubishi competitive.
Even with negative publicity and internet campaigns from enthusiasts tried to save the discontinuation of the Evo X, Mitsubishi still continues with its plans, however, it eases of the tension a bit by continuing the production of the Lancer Evo X. And as for its successor, according to Mitsubishi’s president and CEO, Osamu Masuko:
“Regulations and market feedback will dictate its engineering package and architecture. However, as the markets need’s and demands change, MMC is considering not advancing the Lancer Evolution concept in the same way as before, but to find a different direction for the Lancer Evolution model to evolve.”
With that said, presumably, the next Lancer Evo will be built on a diesel-electric hybrid platform to meet future tighter emissions regulations. Currently, Mitsubishi engineers are planning to work on a clean-diesel torque and electric motor for the Evo XI. The plan is to cut CO2 emissions to under 200g/km.
Yikes! That will get most American enthusiasts all boiled up; the major of American customers don’t like diesel-powered, period. Oh well, you can always settle for the Proton Inspira made in Malaysia, which is the same as the Lancer.