There's been constant talk about the next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. For the past couple of months, it has been suggested that it will turn into a crossover, which has sparked quite the reaction from enthusiasts. Now, there's even more news about it, and it might just be a glimmer of hope for the Evo's biggest fans.
In a report by UK auto publication Autocar, they have suggested that the next Evolution could be a sedan after all. This bit of news changes everything, since the e-Evolution concept from Toyko back in 2017 sported a crossover body. Citing Mitsubishi personnel close to the matter, the magazine also said that there will also be a standard Lancer.
The report also mentions the high possibility of it having a Renault engine. It is likely to use the Renault Megane RS Trophy's boosted 2.0-liter engine - it's good for 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque. If true, there is a possibility of Mitsubishi boosting its power to compensate for the added weight of the all-wheel drive system. Hybrid assist is also a possibility, said the publication.
On top of that, they say that the future Lancer will be based on a Renault; specifically the Megane. It could use what's called the Renault CMF-C/D, which forms the basis of the aforementioned Megane and the Talisman flagship sedan. Not only that, the Megane has a sedan derivative already. That could mean Mitsubishi won't have to engineer a vehicle from the ground-up, saving on development costs. Of course, these are all merely possibilities and Mitsubishi is tight-lipped on the matter.
In fact, the CMF family is also touted to be the basis of the next-generation Mirage as well. In essence, the future of Mitsubishi passenger cars seems to rely on Renault. If all speculations are true, it seems that Mitsubishi won't be abandoning the passenger car market after all. Besides, their fellow Alliance member, Nissan, said that there is a future for the sedan.