Mitsubishi, once a proud brand revered by car enthusiasts the world over, is in the middle of a complete overhaul. Actually, it’s more of a rebirth but not in the sense where legendary nameplates such as 3000GT or Starion are being affixed to heart-palpitation-inducing high-performance hybrid cars. No, not exactly.
While losing the Eclipse name to a compact crossover was devastating to many, the news that the Lancer moniker will sell-out to a sub-compact-compact-car-cum-crossover hurts a little more. Yes, the current Lancer seems older than the pyramids, but it still more or less means something to fans of the supreme EVO series of cars.
Perhaps we’re not being fair to the Japanese carmaker. We were at the Tokyo Motor Show last Fall and it’s possible that we fear that the e-Evolution will make it to production – we’re not huge fans of the design. Again, maybe we’re looking at it from the wrong point of view. According to Mitsubishi, they may attempt to create a new type of hatchback that could include AWD and one of Mitsubishi’s hybrid systems. If this is true, then we’ll keep an open mind.