The next Mitsubishi Evo will be a hybrid

The next Mitsubishi Evo will be a hybrid

According to Autocar, the next model of the Mitsubishi Evo will have a hybrid powertrain to propel it. The Japanese company´s president Osamu Masuko has confirmed the car will be available for purchase 3 years from now. He said the goal was set to create an electric sports car with work starting on this project next year and completion in 3 years.

The technical details have not been revealed, understandably, although it has been confirmed the Evo XI will use a diesel-electric powertrain. This was a move made in order to save the Evo from stricter emission regulations and at the same time preserve its mid range characteristics.

Additionally the Japanese hope this hybrid propeller, combining an electric motor and the torque from a diesel engine, will make for great performances. Thus going from 0 to 62 mph will take a little under 5 seconds and the carbon dioxide emissions will be below 200 g/km. An improved S-AWC 4 wheel drive system will also feature on the new Evo XI. This system will integrate steering, braking as well as traction control.

This decision was not an easy one to make. Initially the guys in charge wanted to invest some heavy money in electric vehicles. When fans found out about this, their reaction was a few centimetres short of downright swearing and cursing. Naturally, senior management backed down. After considering the fact that the Evo could have a major influence on all Mitsubishi models, which will become more and more eco friendly, Masuko finally took this decision.

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