The Mitsubishi Evo’s Coming Back… As An Electric Crossover Concept

It’s been over a year now since Mitsubishi canceled the Evo, and we may never see a new one again. But for better or worse, the name is about to return, in some form or another, on a new concept.

Set to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in a little over a month from now, the new e-Evolution concept won’t be an amped-up version of the Lancer sedan. Instead it will be a “low-slung, highly-aerodynamic SUV Coupé.”

It’s set to incorporate an electric all-wheel-drive powertrain “with advanced Artificial Intelligence technology,” whatever form that may take. And from this teaser image, it looks like it will be rather aggressively styled.

More than that, we couldn’t tell you just yet. But it won’t be the first time that Mitsubishi will revive the name of a discontinued sports model for a crossover, following the emergence of the Eclipse Cross earlier this year. At this rate, we’ll be watching for a 3000GT crossover to follow in the coming months as well.

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  • Bash

    Please no..!! I had a hard time accepting the rebirth of the eclipse as a cross over (and still not liking it), not the Evo now!!!

    • Dennis Scipio

      What’s wrong with a high performance crossover, they’ve used the Evolution name on the Pajero before and that was an SUV. this company can’t catch a break can’t they?

      • alexxx

        Well said…. nowadays everybody loves to hate

      • LWOAP

        Difference between the Pajero and Lancer Evo is that they both had some actual rally pedigree. This crossover won’t. It’s like taking the Bronco and making it a minivan. It just won’t work.

        • Dennis Scipio

          That’s because the Bronco wasn’t made to be a performance model. Mitsubishi’s Evolution badge isn’t the name of a model, it signifies high performance in rally cars no matter what model in their line up they slap their badge on. What i’m saying it when and if this model goes to production it won’t simply be called the “Evolution” all by itself, it never has, they were used on existing models in their lineup.

          • LWOAP

            Yeah, you are right about that, but if Mitsubishi ends up going down the route of just slapping the Evo badge on cars that may have little to no performance chops, they’ll end up repeating GM’s decision with what they did with the SS badge back in the day. My point is the Evo badge signified performance and earned its reputation due to the Lancer Evo and Pajero Evo. If they spit on it simply by putting it on a car that has nothing in the ways of performance, they’ll end up driving away the remaining fans they have left. I’d rather not see another model name or badge get murdered out just so they can have more models in their showroom. I’m still peeved about what they did with the Eclipse name. And yes, I’m aware of the the fact that the later models weren’t as popular as the earlier ones. But rubbing your fans the wrong way isn’t the best idea IMO.

  • baofe

    Mitsubishi might as well point their middle fingers at all the rally fans bc this is heresy! They should have just gave it a new name. I hope this isn’t an omen to Nissan (Mitsubishi’s parent company) that the new Z will be a dumb crossover as well.

    • LWOAP

      I heard a rumor that might be the case but at this point it’s just a rumor.

  • Christian Wimmer

    An utterly silent, electric performance car. Every EVO fan’s dream.

    • Leconte Dave


    • LWOAP

      That’s funny.

  • Shtekeris

    Objectively, they should totally do it. Rally now consists mostly of small 1,6 hatchbacks, so no point of new rally sedan. And small stylish sporty SUV’s is the deal now. I love all the classic EVO’s, but Evo SUV sounds intriguing… nice, NICE! Evo performance with raised ride height and clearance … count me in.

    • LWOAP

      There was already one, it was the Pajero Evo.

  • see? that’s why I said “don’t sell your Lancer”

  • Leconte Dave

    Mitsubishi need to go bankrupt…wtf

    • LWOAP

      Nissan won’t let them.

  • javier

    who knows maybe it will be real fast and pull lots of gs in the corners…..probably not though

  • RDS Alphard

    Have you guys forget Evolution name was used on Pajeto before?

    • Honda NSX-R

      Is your other Disqus username Dennis van der Berg by chance? Because that comment on this blog is exactly the same as your’s.

      • RDS Alphard


  • Robert Eller

    It makes sense to me, the production version will probably be based on the Eclipse Cross, which seems like the perfect candidate. Give it a lower suspension and it will be a pseduo hot hatch,

  • Dennis van der Berg

    Have you guys forget Evolution name was used on Pajeto before?

  • Adam

    Maybe an FTO crossover as well…

    • LWOAP

      Don’t give them anymore ideas.

  • Spyderdrifter

    It was bad enough using the Eclipse name on something that’s not a sporty car (since 2000), this is just heartless. Mitsubishi has let us down yet again. I’ll keep buying the old models that can only be found through private owners.

  • klowik

    those tail lights look Lamborghini-ish ..bring it on!! Not just concept without real car!

  • stan hendriksen

    It makes sense to me, the production version will probably be based on the Eclipse Cross, which seems like the perfect candidate. Give it a lower suspension and it will be a pseduo hot hatch,

  • Shahul Usman

    geez.. I bought the 1st lancer evo in 2003 that we got in the state…one of the 1st ones on the east coast and got a 2010 evoX as well… I am sad that this and the eclipse name will be on crossovers…. but I get it…thats what people (the masses, not us enthusiasts) want… lifted hatchbacks… but they wont buy regular hatches or wagons.

    I don’t mind if they made a cheaper, NSX style sports car hybrid powertrain sedan/coupe and called it evolution… I would expect a car names evolution to evolve and the hypercars are all ev’s…

  • slipfi

    who knows maybe it will be real fast and pull lots of gs in the corners…..probably not though

  • Blade t

    Should not disgrace the Evo name like this….

  • no25

    “The Mitsubishi Evo’s Coming Back” OMG YAY Mitsubishi might strike back!
    “…As an Electric Crossover Concept” k. nevermind. smh.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  • Koole

    Looks awesome! Can’t wait to see it revealed.

  • Six_Tymes

    Please YES!

  • CoolCat

    Looks awesome! Can’t wait to see it revealed.

  • DarkLegend

    who knows maybe it will be real fast and pull lots of gs in the corners…..probably not though


    I already said it, but I’ll say it again. Mitsubishi is dead to me. I guess when your lineup has next to nothing to offer, you have to cannibalize something to get people’s attention. I know one thing, it won’t be anything like the Lancer Evolution or the Pajero Evo.

    Such a shame. I would have went to Subie but their lineup is almost as boring.

    • Shane

      The future of tuner magazines is looking dim lol.

  • Wyoh


  • 77S30Z

    Looks very similar to the Nissan gripz concept. An ominous sign for the next Z?….God I hope not. The Eclipse and Z both as a cuv! That would be too painful, I couldn’t go on. Look at the gripz concept and this, the tailgate looks the same, the roof winglet thingys also look similar. Then compare the e-evolution badge to the e-power badge on the gripz. It don’t look good😭😭😭. Please let this be a shared vehicle with the next juke instead.🙏🙏🙏

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