There has been a lot of guessing at what Mitsubishi Motors is up to next. After the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance held a virtual press conference in May 2020 to share business strategies for the Alliance going forward, one of the highlights is that the first new model to come from the automotive group will be coming from none other than Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors. A mini electric vehicle designed by Nissan and Mitsubishi was previously launched in Japan, Mitsubishi previewed the AIRTEK at the Shanghai Auto Show, and eventually, Mitsubishi will adopt and rebadge a Renault vehicle to gain a foothold in the European market, already leaving the UK after auctioning off the last Lancer EVO VI Tommi Makinen Edition. Hold that thought, because none of the above is the C-D segment vehicle Mitsubishi has promised us –could it be the new Mitsubishi Lancer?
C-segment vehicles are the 3rd category used for passenger cars, typically described as “medium cars”, but can range between “small family car” and even “compact car” in the states. D-segment vehicles are the 4th category, and although known as “large family cars”, present day D-segment vehicles are known as mid-size and muscle cars. You can feel it, can’t you? Mitsubishi Motors might be breaking away from SUVs – finally – and bringing back what we all want.
Okay, tap the brakes. This is just a really nice render by artist Enoch Gabriel Gonzales. No news from Mitsubishi Motors has confirmed (or denied) the existence of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in the works, but so far, there isn’t a whole lot of news on what the automaker is working on. So, Gonzales imagined this up-to-date version of the sedan as a 2023 model, and the internet agrees. This should be the goal for the 2023 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution concept.
Sure, it looks different from the original concept (below), and it should. The original was announced to be an all-electric high-performance SUV. Called the e-evolution, and Mitsubishi Motors attempt to bring back the “Evolution” nameplate, the concept has more or less vanished. After what Mitsubishi Motors did to the Eclipse, turning it into a crossover and getting a lot of flack for it, surely the automaker isn’t completely nuts. We think the Lancer is safe for now. Given the range of vehicle sizes the next vehicle from Mitsubishi Motors could be, a new sports car from Mitsubishi isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility.
On the plus side, if the automaker ever needs any reminder of the large demand for the Lancer Evolution series to return, that Lancer EVO VI Tommi Makinen Edition that sold for £100,100 – a little less than $121,000 USD. It all dates back to the early days, before Mitsubishi Motors even entered the American market and was only known as a rally race car brand thanks to the Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe. The automaker set a track record at an international motorsports event with that beauty. And for fans of the Dodge Colt – you were driving a Mitsubishi car, rebadged and bought by muscle car automaker, Dodge.
For now, this concept is all we have when it comes to hope for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Learn more about upcoming Mitsubishi Motors models when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi social media.