This makes sense. Because the next generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution performance car is so different from the Evolution models that came before it, the Japanese automaker could assign it a completely different name, according to Motor Trend.
While the next-gen car will still reportedly be turbocharged and all-wheel-drive, the engine will be downsized to a tuned version of the brand's 1.1-liter three-cylinder engine and will use electric motors on both front and rear axles similar to the Outlander PHEV's setup.
Sources are hinting that those motors combined with Mitsubishi's next-gen S-AWC would give the Evo replacement handling capabilities beyond any past model. That is really saying something considering Mitsubishis's AYC (Acive Yaw Control) - an electronically controlled active rear differential - and S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) - adds dynamic braking to AYC - already set the industry standard for performance-oriented active stability control systems.