TOKYO -- Mitsubishi will pull the plug on its all-wheel-drive Lancer Evolution performance sedan at the end of the nameplate's current generation.
The move, which eliminates the company's last sporty offering in the United States, comes as Mitsubishi shifts its global lineup toward utility vehicles and electrified cars.
A spokeswoman would not say when Mitsubishi would stop building the Lancer-based car. But the company won't introduce a successor to the current generation, which is in its 10th iteration. The Evolution nameplate debuted in 1992; the latest version arrived in 2007.
Mitsubishi did not say whether it was planning another vehicle to plug the performance car gap. But it left the door open for a spiritual successor powered at least partly by batteries.
"Mitsubishi Motors does not have any plans to design a successor with the current concept, as a high-performance four-wheel-drive gasoline-powered sedan," the spokeswoman said. "Mitsubishi Motors will explore the possibilities of high-performance models that incorporate electric vehicle technology."