The new 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution remains a fine choice for driving enthusiasts thanks to its powerful acceleration, responsive automated manual transmission system, powerful pinpoint reflexes, a standard all-wheel drive system, and an excellent steering and handling. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution release date should be expected sometime in early 2018.
Rumors abound in industry circles reveal that the newest Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 2018 is set to come with a myriad of changes. And yet again, what remains as the common denominator in matters Lancer Evolution is its ability to drive hard and fast. Speculations were rife that the immediate predecessor was the last of the breed, however, recent hints and spy shots taken reveal the speculations were mere rhetoric meant to act as a distraction.
It’s among the most thrilling in its class, no doubt. It offers great traction and power thanks to the powerful amped-up turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a sophisticated all-wheel drive system. Additionally, it comes with a five-speed manual gearbox that also manages to underscore the Evo’s high-performance pedigree.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution interior is also something to write home about. It is improved and comes with a boatload of new features and technologies that the Japanese marque hopes will help it climb the lineup ladder. Technologies and equipment offered on its cabin include a touchscreen navigate system, a Rockford Fostgate audio system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert.
But for such a high-performance vehicle to achieve all these, certain sacrifices are inevitable. The previous model’s compromises included a stiff ride on city streets, abundance of hard plastics, skimpy trunk, a tilt-only steering wheel, and lofty starting price point. The 2018 model, as per rumors going round, is set to come with improved specs such as a more refined cabin quality, a tilt-and-telescopic steering cabin, an increased cargo volume capacity, and a better ride quality.
But before being completely sold-out on the new 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution changes, there are several rivals in its class that also deserve your attention. Hot on the heels of the Evo is the Subaru WRX STI. For lesser coin, you can check out the Volkswagen Golf R, and the Ford Focus ST. while there’s no denying the fact that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has glaring issues, it I still a fine choice for die-hard enthusiasts thanks to features such as its performance chops.
2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Review of Trims
While there has not been any communication from the automaker in the recent past, rumors suggest the new model will most likely return with the same trim models as before, but there’s the possibility of Mitsubishi offering a limited edition or another new trim model altogether. That said, the existing model’s trim lineup consists of the MR and the GSR models.
2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Interior & Exterior Changes
Some of the available equipment for the Evolution GSR trim model includes features such as a CD player, a 6.1 infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, LED foglights and taillights, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack, Mitsubishi’s Fuse electronics interface, heated mirrors, ventilated and heated front seats, cruise control, full power accessories, and adaptive bi-xenon headlights.
In addition to the above specs, the Evolution MR adds keyless entry and ignition, two-piece front brake rotors, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a premium nine-speaker Rockford Fostgate sound system, an upgraded center console, automatic windshield wipers, upgraded suspension dampers, lightweight BBS forged alloy wheels, LED foglights and running lights, and different exterior trim.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution colors: Wicked White Metallic, Octane Blue Pearl, Mercury Gray Pearl, Phantom Black Pearl, Rally Red Metallic, and Apex Silver Metallic. Additions to the palette can be expected on its release date.
2018 Mitsubishi Evo Engine Specs
It is too early to speculate about what lurks beneath its hood for now, but ‘intelligence reports’ say we should still expect the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at 291 hp and 300 lbs. ft. of torque. An option is rumored to be in the works, but Mitsubishi has apparently decided to keep nitty-gritties of its specs to itself for now.
2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 0-60 takes about 4.4 seconds. Its EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 17/22/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the MR, and 17/23/19 mpg for the GSR.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 9 in. (177 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 11.3 in. (71.3 in.)
Passenger volume: 95 ft³
Cargo volume: 7 ft³
Curb weight: 3517 lb
Top Speed: 148 mph
0-60: 4.4 sec
MPG: 17/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Apex Silver Metallic, Mercury Gray Pearl, Octane Blue Pearl, Phantom Black Pearl, Rally Red Metallic, Wicked White Metallic
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Release Date & Price
Rumors allege the newest Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 2018 will possibly debut sometime in early 2018 bearing a price tag displaying an MSRP of $34,495.
We’re still compiling more data about the 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and XI for a holistic review. Keep checking our blog for such info.
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