Is Mitsubishi Bringing Back The Evo?

The Mitsubishi Evo is one of the most legendary Japanese performance cars of all time.

Thanks to its rally pedigree, superb performance (various generations of the Evo all constitute the 10 fastest Mitsubishi cars ever), passable practicality and long-standing rivalry with Subaru’s WRX, the Evo has achieved true “cult classic” status. You can learn more on our article about why the Evo is so popular.

We all know that Mitsubishi killed off the Evo some time ago (if you’re not sure of the reasons, then read our article here on why Mitsubishi stopped the Evo).

But is Mitsubishi bringing back the Evo any time soon?

After all, Toyota brought back the Supra, and that has re-ignited interest in Toyota’s lineup of performance cars (such as the awesome new Yaris GR).

Will we be seeing a re-launched or re-birth of the Mitsubishi Evo any time soon?

Unfortunately not.

In fact, this seems to be a very “black and white” case – Mitsubishi have been very clear that they are not bringing back the Evo any time soon, or ever at all.

The official Mitsubishi website states “There are no plans to bring back the Lancer or Lancer Evolution.”

There have been no rumours of a new Evo, no leaked concept shots etc (as opposed to rumours about cars like the new Mazda rotary sports car – as a rule it seems that rumours and leaks circulate before the official announcement).

Mitsubishi are abundantly clear that they see their future in producing economical, affordable crossovers (particularly hybrids and EVs) in order to meet customer demand. They appear to have no real plans to introduce any new sports or performance cars at all.

So if you’re wondering whether Mitsubishi is bringing back the Evo, the answer is no. In fact, you might be waiting forever as it seems extremely unlikely that the Evo will ever come back.

Never say never, as car manufacturers have a particular habit for going back on their word if they recognise a sound commercial opportunity. However, we think that the odds of a new Evo coming to life are very low indeed.

Therefore, if you want to get your hands on a Mitsubishi Evo you will need to purchase a used one. Because prices have been increasing steadily, it’s important to get your hands on a good example. Read our Mitsubishi Evo Buyer’s Guide here for more information on how to source yourself a great Evo.

Feel free to leave a comment as well – do YOU think that Mitsubishi will bring back the Evo? Or is this legend of Japanese performance lost forever? Let us know in the comment section below.

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