Fresh news of Mitsubishi's plans to resuscitate the Evolution name ought to be as welcome as an unlimited bar tab. But the latest concept looks set to stick rigidly to the manufacturer's current SUV/hybrid game plan - and a wide world away from the anything previously branded with a Roman numeral.
Any excuse, right?
The e-Evolution, previewed by the firm in a single picture ahead of the Tokyo show next month, reveals precisely the same kind of swept-back crossover that the world and his dog has sitting on a drawing board or rolling from a production line. It'll have four-wheel-drive and an electric powertrain. It is calculated (in production format, at any rate) to help return Mitsubishi to sustainable growth.
That's fine, of course. Car makers are under no obligation to build anything which they can't sell - and the firm's SUV heritage is plenty deep enough for it to launch a flagship in the modern vogue. But the unabashed application of the Evo name seems a wee bit cynical from the where we sit; if only because ten generations of Lancer left such an indelible and distinctive impression.
Granted, a model in that mould - saloon shaped, savagely powerful and acutely determined to drive - is now as good as impossible for Mitsubishi to build; not least because the Lancer is no more (save for a ghostly ongoing presence in China). Still, on balance, we'd prefer the fading misty memories made aboard a Tommi Makinen Edition on a wet roundabout to having the Evolution legacy sullied with an ungainly 'e'.
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Will be interested to see how this evolves but cant help feeling Mitsubishi will carry on their usual habit of creating a nice looking concept which turns in to a thoroughly uninteresting reality (in terms of visual appeal).
Mitsubishi is spelled wrong in the title BTW
cavebloke20 Sep 2017
I think you're forgetting about this suitably PH use of the Evolution name on an SUV of that period.