Backed by nearly 25 years of history, 10 different generations and multiple rally titles, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will mark the end of the line for the storied "Evo" name—at least in its current format. So, while the future may see some sort of electrically powered/assisted entry get the Evolution badge—remember, a pair of Mitsu MiEV Evolution III prototypes just finished 1-2 in their class at the 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb—folks looking for a gas-fueled go-getter better move fast.
After all, it's certain that the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will do just that. In terms of road performance, the Evo continues to holster a 291-hp four-cylinder turbo that dials up 300 lb.-ft. of torque, with that power run through Mitsubishi's signature Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive system. Then, as regards sales velocity, look for that to pick up based on the content updates for the 2015 model year.
Those changes are, frankly, rather minimal for the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, which is the entry point to the Evo lineup. It gets new heated side-view mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, as does the up-level MR model, and the brand also has created a newly available "Premium Package" that rebundles some of its best options for the GSR. Among them: A 710-watt, nine-speaker Rockford-Fosgate audio system, HID headlights, Mitsu's "Fast-Key" entry system, heated front seats and leather seating front and back, a power glass sunroof, additional noise insulation and a covered front storage console in piano black.
But in the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR, the rocking Rockford-Fosgate audio setup becomes standard for the new model year, as does the Fast-Key system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic on/off headlight, body-color exterior heat-extractor vents and bright-accented grille and beltline molding.
Pricing has yet to be revealed for the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, but as a starting point, the 2014 model opens at $34,995.