You’ve likely heard by now that if you want to get your hands on the Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evo models, you should head to Biggers Mitsubishi soon—like, really soon. Production for the models will end at the close of the year. However, according to circulating rumors, it seems the same fate will not befall the Evo badge.
The term “Evo” is short for “Evolution” and is synonymous with Mitsubishi’s brand of high performance. Seeing as the automaker is dedicating its efforts to furthering development of its SUV lineup, it only makes sense that the “Evo” designation would be reassigned to an SUV.
According to Auto Express, an auto publication based in the United Kingdom, Mitsubishi has its sights on the next-gen Outlander Sport (also known as the ASX in Europe) to wear the famed badge.
If that is the case, it still might be a little while before we see “Evo” stamped on a new model. Mitsubishi plans to take its time, introducing the next-generation model with four-wheel drive first and a two-wheel drive with plug-in hybrid technology second. Then, if Mitsu’s leadership chooses to adopt the “Evo” name and characteristics for the model, it “isn’t a huge jump.”
Of course we’ll have to wait and see what the automaker chooses to do, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for an Outlander Sport Evo model to come to the States relatively soon.