According to a report by Japanese newspaper Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation plans to discontinue its Lancer Evolution X model later this year.
Since the debut of the first Lancer Evolution back in 1992, Mitsubishi has sold 92,000 units in the Japanese domestic market and 154,000 units worldwide. The current Evolution X has been largely unchanged since it was launched in 2007.
For over two decades, the Lancer Evolution models have carried the performance banner for Mitsubishi. But due to declining demand for its AWD performance sedan and the company's shift to a greener eco-friendly image, the Evolution X is not expected to have an immediate replacement.
According to earlier reports, Mitsubishi is considering a sporty hybrid model to take the place of the Lancer Evolution, but it will most likely have a different name.
But before we say goodbye to the Evolution X, the UK will be getting a limited-edition Evolution X FQ-440 MR to mark Mitsubishi's 40th year in the country. As the name implies, it has a 440hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Only 40 of these super high-performance cars will be built.