The Evo is back! Well, sort of – Mitsubishi has teased the e-Evolution Concept that will make its world premiere at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show next month, but the car on which the infamous nameplate will return will likely make diehard enthusiasts wince. Yes, as we’ve all expected, it’s an SUV.

More than that, the “e” prefix on its name means it’s a hybrid, albeit an all-wheel drive one tuned for “very high performance.” A sole rear-end shot shows a “SUV coupé” design that’s different from other off-roaders in Mitsubishi’s stable like the Outlander, ASX and Eclipse Cross, with T-shaped tail lights, a rakish rear windscreen and a cut in the C-pillar that gives the car a floating roof look.

This suggests that the next Evolution will be a standalone vehicle and not an extensively modified version of a mainstream model, although the production car will likely still be built on the bones of the Eclipse Cross – another SUV wearing a moniker originally reserved for a sporting model.

Gamers will probably remember that the diamond brand once designed a Concept XR-PHEV Evolution as a Vision Gran Turismo car for Gran Turismo 6, an SUV with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive and a Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamic control system.

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