Mitsubishi has plans to revive a nameplate that’s feared, revered and liked by many – the Lancer Evolution – in response to Autocar, citing Japanese-based sources. The plan, which is able to prolong the legacy of the Evo collection that began in 1992, will embody a alternative of four-door sedan or five-door hatchback bodystyles.
Apparently, it’s instructed that the reborn Lancer Evo will share key parts of its drivetrain with the next-generation Renault Megane RS. This may see a 2.zero litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to a dual-clutch automated gearbox and Mitsubishi’s personal S-AWC four-wheel-drive system.
As we speak’s Megane RS scorching hatch makes 299 PS and 420 Nm from a 1.eight litre turbo-four in Trophy type. Mitsubishi is now beneath Nissan, and a part of the Renault Nissan Alliance, though that Franco-Japanese marriage is now on the rocks.
The report speculates that the attainable addition of digital boosting by way of a 48V mild-hybrid system being developed by the alliance may nonetheless deliver output near the present Subaru WRX STI S209‘s 341 hp and 433 Nm. After all, the WRX STI is the opposite half of the enduring rivalry of the rally heroes – you had been both within the blue or crimson nook.
After all, with no extra base Lancer to work on (the final one was discontinued globally in 2017), the 11th technology of the Evo has been deliberate to make use of the CMF-C/D F4 platform developed inside the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance.
The report provides that the deliberate Evo revival is a part of MMC boss Osamu Masuko’s plan to revive the corporate as a outstanding efficiency automotive maker, which it as soon as was. The 70-year outdated chief is about to go on the CEO baton quickly, however will proceed to guide the corporate in as chairman. Earlier plans to create a successor to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X had been frozen following heavy losses that led to MMC being purchased over by Nissan in 2016.
If that is all true, it’s nice information, however right here’s an recommendation to Evo followers: Don’t consider something till it’s official to keep away from disappointment. It might even be good if the “new Evo” doesn’t change into one other SUV.
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