Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to be axed this year, successor not planned - report

 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to be axed this year, successor not planned - report
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR special edition

Due to a weak demand

Japanese media is reporting Mitsubishi will kill the Lancer Evolution X towards the end of the year.

If we were to believe Japanese newspaper Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun (Automotive News Daily), production of the Lancer Evolution X will be terminated by the end of 2014. This decision has apparently been taken due to a decreasing demand for the hot sedan and it seems Mitsubishi isn't planning an Evolution XI at all so the model will likely be canned for good.

On sale since 1992 when the original model came out, Mitsubishi managed to deliver 92,000 units in Japan and another 154,000 units worldwide. The most recent iteration of the Evo X is a UK-only special edition called "X FQ-440 MR" which packs a respectable 440 bhp (328 kW) punch from the familiar 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

Although this latest report indicates a direct replacement is not planned, we should remind you that back in November last year there was a rumor about a hybrid Lancer Evolution but such a model is still a few years off.

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Comments (8)

 MasterA MasterA
Going out of WRC is the reason for the weak demand.
March 30, 2014 2:23 am
 Prestige15 Prestige15
Sad news for a legend rally car being killed off for good This reminds me of Saab
March 29, 2014 6:30 pm
 E46M3coupe E46M3coupe
I fell in love with Mitsubishi because of the Pajero's and crazy Evo'z man( VI and onwards) I was too much of a chicken to own one though!! I hate to say this but companies like Mitsubishi and Suzuki (the automotive devision) are in real trouble!
March 29, 2014 4:00 pm
 NYyanks NYyanks
Not to bash Mitsubishi in any way, shape or form, I think the manufacturer isn't going to last more than another couple of years.
March 29, 2014 1:34 pm