Mitsubishi to send off Evo with limited edition, reaffirms commitment to US
Final edition Evo X to have more power, suspension tuning.
Mitsubishi has promised a limited edition Lancer Evolution X as a final send-off when the model finishes its production run.
Though details were scarce, the final Evo X will be released in early summer of 2015 and have a run of 2,000 units. Jalopnik reports that it will be more than a simple appearance package, a GSR model with "More horsepower, some suspension tuning, and some bits pieces that are still being finalized." The GSR is available only with a traditional 5-speed manual instead of the 6-speed TC-SST paddle shifters.
The announcement was made at the Los Angeles Auto Show by Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Motor Sales USA Don Swearingen, who said that although this will be the end of the Lancer Evolution's evolution, the XR-PHEV that was shown in North America for the first time will serve as a guide for the brand's future design language. This appears to confirm reports that the successor to the Evo will likely be an SUV rather than a traditional sedan.
Mitsubishi spokesperson Amanda Savercool reaffirimed to LeftLane News the automaker's commitment to the US market, where it has seen eight consecutive months of sales gains, with overall sales up 30 percent since this time last year.
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