Reports claim Mitsubishi is claiming to revive the Lancer Evo sports sedan.
We were starting to lose hope that Mitsubishi would revive the legendary Lancer Evolution. The sports sedan was discontinued back in 2016, and since then Mitsubishi has been focusing exclusively on SUVs and crossovers. There were even rumors that the Lancer Evo could suffer the same fate as the Eclipse and be resurrected as a crossover. According to a recent report by Autocar, however, Mitsubishi's merger with the Renault-Nissan Alliance will result in the Lancer Evo making a comeback. Best of all, it's sticking to its sports sedan roots – and this is what it could look like.
Or rather, this is what the next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer sedan could look like, which will, of course, pave the way for a new high-performance Evo. The last-generation Lancer was introduced in 2007 and is still on sale in some markets such as Brazil, Egypt, and Taiwan, so an update is long overdue. Brought to us by Kolesa, this rendered image shows us what the next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer could look like using the company's new Dynamic Shield design language.
Like the Eclipse Cross, the front features a grille with chrome moldings on the sides along with LED headlights and distinctive daytime running lights as seen on other current Mitsubishi models. Elsewhere, the rendered sedan features two-tone bodywork with a white exterior and contrasting dark grey roof and A-pillars inspired by the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept. At the rear, the horizontal LED taillights are connected by a full-width light bar.
According to Autocar, the next-generation Lancer Evolution will share a platform with the new Renault Megane RS, which has 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque but could also be equipped with a mild-hybrid system to make it even more powerful than the 341-hp Subaru Impreza WRX STI ST009. The reborn Mitsubishi Lancer is expected to debut in around two or three years, so the high-performance Evo version will arrive even later.