With sales down fifteen percent compared to the first four months of 2012, Mitsubishi is grasping to stay in the American market place. Rumor has it that they are working to change up the only car in their lineup that is worth mentioning, the Lancer Evolution.
Much like their chief competitor Subaru did with the new WRX, the All-Wheel-Drive powerhouse might be dropping its original namesake, but that’s not the only change. Instead of being powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder we have been used to from the rally bread sedan, Motor Trend reports that we could be looking at two electronic motors and a 1.1-liter three cylinder turbo. This specialized platform would require bespoked engineering and ultra-lightweight materials.
Big goals for a company that has a market share of half a percent that has lost its brand perception and did not perform well in J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study in 2013. If Mitsubishi is able to pull off such a car, it would more than likely feature Mitsubishi’s own plug-in hybrid technology. The long rivalry between the WRX and Evolution would also cease, as they would be two different types of performance vehicles. I would not expect to see a World Rally Car having to plug in and charge between stages anytime soon.