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Mitsubishi Evolution name to be revived for e-Evolution concept

Autocar logo Autocar 20/09/2017 Jimi Beckwith
Mitsubishi Evolution name to be revived for e-Evolution concept © Autocar Mitsubishi Evolution name to be revived for e-Evolution concept

Mitsubishi has previewed a rakish new concept ahead of its unveiling at the Tokyo motor show next month. 

True to other concepts of recent shows, it’s a low-slung SUV-coupé with an electric powertrain and four-wheel drive. 

Although not confirmed for production, Mitsubishi revealed that the car will signpost the brand’s future direction - likely in both styling and powertrains - as well as artificial intelligence, suggesting a high level of autonomy. 

Mitsubishi describes the concept as a flagship, suggesting that the e-Evolution will sit atop the Mitsubishi range should it enter production. 

It’s the first car to bear Mitsubishi’s Evolution moniker since the last Lancer Evolution Final Edition was sold in non-UK markets in 2015.  

After a tumultuous period in Mitsubishi’s history, the brand was acquired in 2016 by Nissan, bringing Mitsubishi into the Renault-Nissan Alliance, now known as Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. 

The concept will usher in a new chapter in the company, which celebrates its centenary this year, and looks to return Mitsubishi to growth and sustainable development.

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Related: History of the Mitsubishi Evo (Motoring Research)

Purists: look away now. Mitsubishi has revealed a first teaser image of its new Evo – and this time the Japanese performance hero is an SUV. 

The E-Evolution concept is a high-riding crossover coupe in the mould of the BMW X4. Likely to use the next generation of Mitsubishi's proven plug-in hybrid tech, it will be unveiled in full at the Tokyo Motor Show in October.

Until then, let's reminisce about the good old days, Keep clicking for the story of the Evo so far. History of the Mitsubishi Evo: in pictures
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