When the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was discontinued in 2008 after a ten-year run, Mitsubishi enthusiasts were disappointed to see the beloved sports car come off the market. The Evo X took its place until it was discontinued internationally in 2017. Now, there are rumors of the possible return of the Lancer Evolution — an idea that has thrilled sports car fans around the globe.
There is speculation that a new Mitsubishi vehicle will be named the Lancer Evolution XI, in the spirit of the Evo X. Rumors are swirling that the new Lancer will be built upon the CMF-C/D F4 platform, a creation of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
Its drivetrain options are purported to be similar to the Renault Megane RS. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a dual-clutch gearbox for seamless shifting are likely options for the new Lancer, along with an S-AWC four-wheel-drive setup.
Mitsubishi chairman and former CEO Osamu Masuko is behind a push to revive the automaker’s powerful, high-performance cars, marking him as the person most likely behind the possible return of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
While the Lancer has been internationally discontinued since 2017, the saloon version of the car is still popular in Chinese-speaking markets, proving that the car still has wide appeal.
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