itsubishi is about to discontinue the Lancer Evolution, the sports car that has showcased its performance chops for nearly a quarter century. Yet the Evo name may survive in the form of a speedy electric crossover, says Tetsuro Aikawa, president of Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
The name is evocative, he told British magazine Autocar, because the "oh" sound means "king" in Japanese.
"'EV' for electric vehicle, 'O' for king -- Evo," Aikawa said. "It has to be light and fast -- something performance-oriented. That's what we want."
It could be sold as a variant of the next-generation Outlander Sport, which is due for a redesign in 2016 with a plug-in hybrid variant in the works. Mitsubishi previewed the redesign with the XR-PHEV II concept shown in March at the Geneva auto show.