The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution might be returning to light up rear tyres and annoy the neighbours, and the engine and platform might be a little French.
Sources have told Autocar Mitsubishi wants to bring back the Lancer Evolution, and reembrace its performance car history.
Initial plans will see the Evo XI ride on CMF-C/D F4 platform developed by the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, and be powered by a version of Renault’s 2L turbo I4 from the Renault Megane RS.
The most powerful variant of this engine makes 221kW (296hp) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft). Mitsubishi could add more performance via a 48V mild hybrid and electric supercharger.
To make it a true Evo model, Mitsubishi will also use S-AWC AWD.
The Evo model will, of course, require new generation Lancer too. The Lancer has been discontinued in the US, Europe and Japan, but lives on in China and Taiwan.