Next generation Mitsubishi Evo will be hybrid

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI

Rumors about a new generation Mitsubishi Evo are circulation for a very long time and so is the rumor that the model might be featuring a hybrid powertrain. But now it has been confirmed: the Evo XI will use a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain. The announcement has been made by Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko during an interview with Autocar: "We will start work on the project next year, and it will be ready within three. I have set the goal of developing a sporting car featuring electric power."

In the same interview Masuko has promised that despite hybrid powertrain the next Evo XI will still sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds while still receiving better fuel economy than the current Evo. The model will also be equipped with a revised version of the S-AWC four-wheel drive system, which integrates braking, steering and traction control.

Mitsubishi will have its new high-performance car ready for a 2014 debut. Stay tuned!

Source: AutoCar

4 comments:

Hybrid????? Why in the world would you take a class leading sports car like the evo and make it a hybrid. Doesn’t make much sense to me but if mitsubishi has common sense they will continue to make evo’s with a regular petrol engine along with their hybrid.

I don’t think if it works, but I really do hope that it will be another success for this Evo! smiley I will surely wait for the Hybrid version of this awesome car.

i hope they make well that diesel hybrid power plant... they should adopt that "silent diesel" tech from VW group... and i hope they think the way BMW thought of the activehybrid 7: not hybrid to save the planet, but rather because hybrid uses power more efficiently and makes the car faster.
@ayo: probably not... mitsubishi is going all hybrid in the coming years... i still would be happy if they use a petrol engine and the diesel electric one as the 2 engine options

Hybird?? What are they thinking they better keep the petrol motor in the lineup too.

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