Mitsubishi's UK MD revealed that attention has now turned to the Evo X’s successor, and the UK is keen to become involved in 
its development
10 July 2012

The Mitsubishi Evo X will 
be axed from the UK price list once the last 10 units left in stock have been sold.

Imports have now ceased due to the strength of the Japanese yen. Mitsubishi UK looked at ways to keep the car on UK sale — including with no profit margin — but decided to discontinue it.

Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi UK’s managing director, told Autocar: “We used to sell the Evo for £30k; now we would have to charge £60k.”

Bradley revealed that attention has now turned to the Evo X’s successor, and the UK is keen to become involved in 
its development.

The standard Lancer will be launched in 2014, but the Evo performance version is still not signed off for production.

“The UK is an exceptionally important market for the Evo,” said Bradley. “In our peak year we sold 1400 units.”

Should it be signed off, the next Evo is set to ditch its famed high-revving turbo petrol engine in favour of a hybrid drivetrain, and possibly even feature a diesel engine.

It is likely to remain a four-door rather than switch to a hatchback, Bradley confirmed.

 

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10 July 2012

Why does the strength of the Yen mean that the price of the Evo would double from £30k to £60k and yet the price of other Mitsubishi's has not had to double?

Similarly why would any new Evo not be affected by the same issue? Unless they are saying that the new Evo would be a £15k car sold for £30k!

10 July 2012

Good to hear it'll remain a 4 door.

Not like the C'eed lookalike Impreza and the "tail-less dog" truncated look of the current standard Lancer.

10 July 2012

I like this car for remain a 4 door.

TS7

10 July 2012

Quote:

Should it be signed off, the next Evo is set to ditch its famed high-revving turbo petrol engine in favour of a hybrid drivetrain, and possibly even feature a diesel engine

 

What, then, is the ****ing point in bothering with this car.

10 July 2012

 

TS7 wrote:

Quote:

Should it be signed off, the next Evo is set to ditch its famed high-revving turbo petrol engine in favour of a hybrid drivetrain, and possibly even feature a diesel engine

 

What, then, is the ****ing point in bothering with this car.

 

Um, to go fast and handle well, same as any high performance derivative. Theres no reason why an electric car (maximum torque at zero revs means electric motors are better suited to accelarating fast than petrol engines), or a diesel hybrid cant go fast and handle well like a petrol car can. Theres no reason why you cant enjoy the sound of an electric motor or a diesel engine just as you can a petrol one . . . oh yes, there ARE 2 reasons - powertrain racism and narrow  mindedness.

10 July 2012

without some serious currency devaluation Japanese manufacturers in general are all in trouble, although this particular model has been dwindling, living off a long lost rally heritage for some time.

TJK

10 July 2012

Kudos to the evo - one of the all time greats but sadly we are entering an era when less of these types of cars will be available.

10 July 2012

It is sad that such cars are getting rarer these days.

I liked the looks of the current Evo, far more than the previous versions

10 July 2012

When the Evo X was launched I was desperate for a test drive, being a Subaru owner and looking to change cars.   The hatchback Subaru didn't suit me, the Evo X looked the ideal alternative.

I visited the show room in Hamilton and the sales guy talked himself out of a sale.   Apparently they're unreliable and you've got to expect repair bills in the thousands of pounds.   Frequently too.

The test drive?   You were not allowed to deviate from the perscribed route, not allowed to drive the car fast.   Not allowed to accelerate.   Not allowed to explore any of it's performance.   Sales guy had been to Prodrive and experience all of it's performance so there was no need for you to try.   I didn't bother with the test drive or the car.

Next stop was the BMW garage, Menzies of Stirling.   Sales man couldn't have been more helpful and I bought from him.

 

10 July 2012

Will there be an FQ-400 version?

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