Evo coming back? Mitsubishi could revive Lancer Evolution with Renault Megane RS engine – report

Evo coming back? Mitsubishi could revive Lancer Evolution with Renault Megane RS engine – report

Mitsubishi has plans to revive a nameplate that’s feared, revered and loved by many – the Lancer Evolution – according to Autocar, citing Japanese-based sources. The plan, which will extend the legacy of the Evo series that started in 1992, will include a choice of four-door sedan or five-door hatchback bodystyles.

Apparently, it’s suggested that the reborn Lancer Evo will share key elements of its drivetrain with the next-generation Renault Megane RS. This would see a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and Mitsubishi’s own S-AWC four-wheel-drive system.

Today’s Megane RS hot hatch makes 299 PS and 420 Nm from a 1.8 litre turbo-four in Trophy form. Mitsubishi is now under Nissan, and part of the Renault Nissan Alliance, although that Franco-Japanese marriage is now on the rocks.

The report speculates that the possible addition of electronic boosting via a 48V mild-hybrid system being developed by the alliance could however bring output close to the current Subaru WRX STI S209‘s 341 hp and 433 Nm. Of course, the WRX STI is the other half of the iconic rivalry of the rally heroes – you were either in the blue or red corner.

Of course, with no more base Lancer to work on (the last one was discontinued globally in 2017), the 11th generation of the Evo has been planned to use the CMF-C/D F4 platform developed within the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance.

The report adds that the planned Evo revival is part of MMC boss Osamu Masuko’s plan to restore the company as a prominent performance car maker, which it once was. The 70-year old chief is set to pass on the CEO baton soon, but will continue to lead the company in as chairman. Previous plans to create a successor to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X were frozen following heavy losses that led to MMC being bought over by Nissan in 2016.

If this is all true, it’s great news, but here’s an advice to Evo fans: Don’t believe anything until it’s official to avoid disappointment. It would also be good if the “new Evo” doesn’t turn out to be another SUV.

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Comments

  • digidigi on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    nowaday a A45 smoke evo anytime

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    • Teh tarik on Jun 27, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      If only Proton seriously learn from mitsubishi, today Proton can partner with Mitsubishi to create a game changing sport car. But sadly back then, Proton workers only know how to goyang kaki, eat Kuih lapis and drink Teh tarik in office. This makes Mitsubishi so angry with Proton game over attitude and stop working together with Proton. I hope Proton can realize their past mistakes and make it as a game changing lesson for Proton to learn.

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      • casual rider on Jun 27, 2019 at 4:43 pm

        mitsu also almost dying bro, their fate is no better than proton

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        • Peter Chelliah on Jun 27, 2019 at 5:25 pm

          Globally Mitsubishi cars are highly sought after and regarded. This is why when our Protons used Mitsubishi stock, Protons could sell.

          Campro cars are the sole reason why Proton went bust.

          Goes to show, it is better to use either Mitsubishi or Geely engines to revive the company

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          • History Bender on Jun 27, 2019 at 6:36 pm

            If they were sought after globally, they wouldn’t be in this mess their in currently and suffer the humiliation of being bought over.

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          • Jiro fighter on Jun 28, 2019 at 3:05 pm

            LOL we only know Mitsubishi split unit A/C is highly sought after.

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      • rebadger on Jun 28, 2019 at 7:09 pm

        Mitsu taught us to rebadge only

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    • Oh yeah. Mitsubishi were trying to transfer the whip and chain locks technology plus the slave labouring knowhow but you see, Proton workers are too ethical and respectful of fellow human beings to comprehend what these Japs were trying to teach. Once Proton management board found out, they kicked them Japs all the way back to Nippon and disallowed them to come back for 10 years. Eventually they returned back via Tan Chong Motors, another bloodsucker of their employees. I’m glad Proton didn’t follow their culture of slavery.

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      • Bossku on Jun 28, 2019 at 10:11 pm

        When Mitsu retreated the Proton stakeholders yelled a heroic warcry “Kepala bapa kau!”

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    • Philip Muthu on Jun 27, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      Mistubishi magma engines that are 25 years old is 100X better than any Campro engine made today. Period.

      Let us admit one thing, we don’t know how to make engines.

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      • Vader on Jun 27, 2019 at 10:43 pm

        Speaking from a person who never tried. Sorry but nobody believes you

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      • EDITOR on Jun 28, 2019 at 1:53 am

        Well at least you admitted you don’t know how to make engines. It makes it all that simpler to conclude what you have been mentioning and claiming about Campro had been wrong all this time. I applaud your humility to admit your mistakes. It’s better for you to leave the engine knowhow to those with the know and the how.

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        • Darkwitch on Jun 28, 2019 at 10:47 am

          My worsed ever Proton cars that i ever bought is Gen2..the best is Wira..but now I used Mitsubishi Lancer..since then..well..never turning back from Mitsubishi..adding Mitsubishi Mirage in the family..Mitsu is always the best..you have to try it to believe..

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      • redpilled on Jun 28, 2019 at 8:41 am

        It’s reliable because it was made to used by dimwitted douchebag like you who dont know jack about engines and couldnt care less about maintaining it. So it was built with no electronics, knock sensors and very mechanical, idiot proof for idiots like you.

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    • Philip Muthu on Jun 27, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Citroen (Tiara), Renault (Savvy), Suzuki (Ertiga) and Mitsubishi all lari lah

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      • EDITOR on Jun 28, 2019 at 1:48 am

        Of course lari. They could see how much better Proton could turn their cars into.

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  • panjang on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    If yes then it will be something like Toybaru 86 or the BMyota Supraz4.
    It will be nicknamed Rensubishi Mevo.

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  • Mario and Bros on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    After BMW has already brought back 8 Series Coupe and Z4 to sell again. Mitsubishi also bringing back Mitsubishi Evo X to sell again in the future as well, of course this is also one of the wonderful memories. Moreover, both BMW and Mitsubishi are giving powerful engines. That’s why soon BMW and Mitsubishi are improving. Including Proton as well, will also going make sales better and bringing back Proton Sales to be No.1

    Support BMW, Mitsubishi, Proton, Geely, Kia, Mercedes, Volvo, MINI, Borgward, Haval, Renault and Peugeot > all

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  • Vader on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Mitsubishi platform with Renault engine. Guess which Proton model ?

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    • panjang on Jun 27, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      That model also had a pinch of Volvo S40 in it.
      Just go to spare parts shop and ask for its front brake pad then read the sticker description mentioning which car is it compatible with.

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      • 4G63TT on Jun 27, 2019 at 6:04 pm

        That was very first VVT engine, in a Proton car. The VVT supplied by Aisin Seiki, a Toyota co

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        • panjang on Jun 28, 2019 at 4:07 pm

          Yes.
          Then there is the good 4 speed DPO gearbox for it times which shift better than any 4 speeder Invecs plus its great adaptability to drivers driving style.
          Engine + GB combination returned 14km/l fc easily.
          This is the engine they used in the Neo S2000.

          Too bad Malaysian dunno how to look after a vehicle and always blame the car. BTW the VVT pulley is prone to failure.

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  • Haidi on Jun 27, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Is very happy to hear that The Lancer EVOLUTION will come back as a 4 door salon. But… the Renault engine boleh harap tak? Why not continue to use the 4B11T? Oh ya, they want “electrified”. Perhaps a 4B11TE can be good to the brand promise – “Mitsubishi build quality”?

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  • Add A Comment on Jun 28, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Evo without MIVEC is not an Evo.

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    • rednazleonne on Jul 03, 2019 at 11:12 am

      mivec huh?really?then the evo1-8 is not evo?because only evo9 and evo10 are powered with mivec turbo.the evo1-evo8 are using 4g63t non mivec.

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  • Robert on Jun 28, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Clickbait :)

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  • kunte kelentong on Jul 01, 2019 at 12:09 am

    So easy to think that any manufacturer will give it to you on a golden plate.. The national car policy was hugely a mess due to our that time pm to force proton to purchase from local suppliers while knowing well enough that 150k a year max one time proton output would drive prices higher and lower quality.. The idea of intellectual property is not well understood in Msia assuming manufacturers need to even develop their own power window mechanisms just like what happened to g2.. Too many political cronies wanted to jump on the gravy train while forgot about reducing cost and prices to achieve economies of scale.. Instead push up prices and allow 9 to 12 loan tenures as long as the make a quick profit.. The whole system was a mess from the beginning.. I won’t blame proton staff but policy makers..

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