There is a great deal of confusion going around at the moment concerning the future of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. You see, a few days ago the head of global product development for Mitsubishi indicated that the Evo X would be the last Evo that Mitsubishi builds – part of their strategy to move towards Electric Vehicles.

Obviously, this caused quite a sensation since the Mitsubishi Evo is one of the most popular cars of its kind. Enthusiasts everywhere were confused and worried. Mitsubishi seems to have gotten word of this, and has since come out to say the following:
Production of the current Lancer Evolution continues as planned.
As for its successor, regulations and market feedback will dictate its engineering package & architecture.
MMC has kept the Lancer Evolution sedan evolving as the brand’s highest performing model in the global market. However, as the market’s needs and demands change, MMC is considering not advancing the Lancer Evolution concept in the same way as before, but to find a different direction for the Lancer Evolution model to evolve. The new direction, the technologies involved, and corresponding products will be disclosed in due course.
Noone really seems sure of what to make of this. While it is obvious that Mitsubishi is trying to allay the fears of its fanbase, the statement provided doesnt *actually* say anything definitive. It seems that if they *do* keep the Evo around, they are talking about reintroducing it as a hybrid, or an EV. That is a fairly bold challenge, since so far the Tesla Roadster has really been the only sporty EV available. Would an all-electric or a hybrid Evo be able to maintain the legacy of its forbears? For now, it seems, we are simply going to have to wait and see what happens – though I expect Subaru might be able to expect a sales increase for the STi.