The Mitsubishi Evo is back, then – but as an SUV. 

The idea has been considered by company officials for a long time, but the e-Evolution concept at the Tokyo motor show is the first tangible step towards it.

Mitsubishi e-Evolution previews future SUV with AI

But will it become a reality? The idea was first mooted a few years ago off the unexpected success Mitsubishi had with the Outlander PHEV; if people like this, they thought, maybe we can make an Evo out of a plug-in hybrid SUV. 

Maybe they can, maybe they will, but concept car or no concept car, there is no plan to do so - for now at least. Indeed, some senior Mitsubishi sources in Japan have indicated there is no concrete mention of any future Evo in any product plan, SUV-shaped or otherwise.

The Lancer C-segment saloon on which it was always based has also just now gone out of production in Japan, with no replacement planned any time soon, and the B-segment SUV previewed in this bodystyle is still a couple of years away, with no guarantee of an Evo version of it, even if this tech is achievable for production.