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.