A fresh report out of the United Kingdom suggests Mitsubishi is planning to revive its Lancer Evolution nameplate and return to the market of high-performance vehicles.
According to Japanese-based sources cited by Autocar, the reborn Lancer Evolution will offer “supercar-beating acceleration”. It is expected to be built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance's CMF-C/D F4 platform and be offered in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles.
While the Autocar report points out details “remain scarce”, it suggests the eleventh-generation Lancer Evolution will borrow “elements” of its powertrain from that of the next-generation Renault Mégane RS.
That, in turn, suggests it will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, but linked to all four wheels (rather than just the front two, as in the case of Renault's hot hatch) via a dual-clutch transmission.
In addition, the report claims the engine could benefit from an electric boost function thanks to a new 48 V mild-hybrid arrangement being developed by the alliance.
Mitsubishi ended production of its Lancer range in August 2017 for global markets, although it still sells the sedan in Taiwan and Mainland China. The Lancer Evolution X, meanwhile, went out of production in 2016.
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