The most important Mitsubishi at SEMA was undoubtedly the Evolander Concept. The name is half Evo, half Outlander, and that’s exactly what this is–the Evolander is an Outlander SUV with performance elements and design cues inspired by the hot Lancer Evo compact.
The Outlander’s 3.0-liter V-6 gets an 80-horsepower boost to 300 with the help of a supercharger that produces 6 psi of boost. Power is sent to all four wheels through Mitsubishi’s six-speed manu-matic, which uses ultra-cool magnesium-alloy paddle shifters. Passengers playing with those shifter paddles are treated to gorgeous Recaro sport bucket seats.
The Evolander rides on twenty-inch OZ wheels that house oversized, cross-drilled rotors and Brembo six-piston calipers up front. Taking a cue from the Lancer Evo, the front of the Evolander is filled with enormous cooling and brake ducts, and a vented hood. More aggressive side sills, fender vents, a rear diffuser, and a Ralliart rear spoiler combine with fender flares to put more S in this SUV’s looks.
Just like the Galant Ralliart that premiered two years ago at SEMA, we’re expecting–and looking forward to–a production version of this SUV.