Mitsubishi confirmed this week that 2015 is the last model year for the Lancer Evolution in the U.S. market. The car, long known as a rally-inspired rival to the Subaru WRX STI, will be discontinued and no immediate successor has been announced. Until then, however, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution benefits from a handful of trim and equipment changes for its final year on sale.
There are no changes under the hood, where the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution continues to offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine rated for 291 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. The GSR trim level comes with a five-speed manual transmission, while the MR has a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, lighter wheels, a sportier suspension, and improved brakes; both versions feature all-wheel drive as standard.
On all versions of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, heated mirrors with built-in turn signals are now standard. In addition, the MR model adds as standard a nine-speaker Rockford-Fosgate sound system, push-button start, automatic wipers and headlights, extra sound insulation, body-colored hood vents, and chrome front grille trim. For the GSR, a newly available Premium package includes all the features of last year's Sight and Sound package -- including HID headlights, a Rockford-Fosgate stereo, and push-button start -- along with leather seats, a sunroof, heated front seats, and extra sound insulation.
Although there's an all-new 2015 Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi will no longer offer a rival high-performance sedan after this model year. On the other hand, it's no surprise to see the Evo vanish: all versions of the Mitsubishi Lancer, including the Evo, sold just 8848 units in the first half of this year -- down 18 percent compared to the first six months of 2013.
Pricing for the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has yet to be confirmed, but expect only mild increases over last year's prices of $35,805 (with destination) for the GSR and $39,005 for the MR.