Mitsubishi ready to pull Evo’s plug

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR

We have all method of unofficial metrics in the automobile market. No doubt you have heard some of them, like the butt dyno. Yet another well-liked measure is the smiles-per-dollar index – how entertaining is a car versus its price tag. Vehicles like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Scion FR-S and Mini Cooper S, for instance, score really extremely, even though autos like the BMW M5 or Audi RS7 are excellent to drive, but score reduced due to the fact of their considerably increased value tags. For a lengthy time, the king of the smiles-per-dollar index was arguably the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, which blended hair-raising thrills for the value of a well-equipped Ford Fusion Titanium.

Now, it seems to be like the Evo will need to have to hand more than its title, as this generation of the rally-derived rocket is very likely to be Mitsubishi’;s final – at least for a although. There is been no mention of just when manufacturing of the current auto will end, so if you are in the market place, we would suggest striving to locate a dealer with inventory ASAP. The information comes from the automaker’;s Japanese mothership, which says the brand will as an alternative concentrate on utility cars and EVs. Even though there are no direct plans for a successor, an Evo XI as it were, the door stays open for a distinct kind of beast, in accordance to Mitsubishi.

“Mitsubishi Motors does not have any ideas to design and style a successor with the present concept, as a substantial-overall performance 4-wheel drive gasoline-powered sedan,” stated Namie Koketsu, a spokesperson for Mitsubishi, in accordance to Automotive Information. “Mitsubishi Motors will check out the choices of higher-efficiency designs that include electrical automobile technological innovation.”

Truth be advised, this has been a lengthy time coming. The death of the existing Evo and its resurrection with a set of batteries has been whispered about for years. We most just lately reported on it a few months in the past. And we’;re optimistic about a long term hybrid successor for the substantial-performance Lancer. Consider the way the top echelon of the auto market has embraced efficiency hybrids – with automobiles like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, the thought of a large-efficiency hybrid is gaining traction. This certainly has us less fearful of an electrified Evo successor.

Nonetheless, we’;d be lying if we stated we weren’;t feeling fairly horrible about the finish of the Evo X. We’;d like to know how you feel, although. Ought to Mitsubishi have completed this years ago? Would you take into account a hybridized successor if the smiles-per-dollar index had been comparable to the present vehicle? Must there be a fuel-powered Evo XI? Let us know what you consider in Feedback.

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