It’s no secret that Mitsubishi has been toying with the idea of a high performance SUV for a while now. Since the demise of the much-missed Lancer Evolution sports sedan in 2016, the Japanese brand has been without a proper performance offering. With a current product line-up consisting of mostly SUV, the company has to make do with what it’s got if it was to turn a model into something fun.
The new Outlander might look like a good candidate? Well, that’s according to Russian automotive renderer Kolesa. Using the standard production Outlander as a base, Kolesa have imagined a go faster version complete with larger wheels, lower ride height, bonnet scoop, side vents and black body accent. The rear even gets a roof spoiler and Evo style bumper with diffuser and twin exhaust outlets.
Being an SUV, any tuned up Outlander will never match the performance of the mighty Lancer Evo, but it’s sure to give Mitsubishi the fun image that it desperately needs. The production Outlander is powered by a 2.4-litre petrol engine, matched to a CVT automatic and all-wheel drive. An Outlander Evo could do with a turbo on top of the standard 2.4L engine, with dynamics sharpened with the company’s renown S-AWC (Super All-Wheel-Control) all-wheel drive system.
Outlander Evo or Lancer Evo, let’s hope Mitsubishi brings back the Evolution badge in one way or another.