Mitsubishi president, Osamu Masuko, recently announced that the company is starting on the new hybrid Evolution project next year and it will be ready within the next three years. He also added that Mitsubishi has set the goal of developing a sports car featuring electric power.
What’s even more surprising that, supposedly, the hybrid engine’ motor will be fed with diesel. This will allow Mitsubishi to avoid stringent emissions regulations. Hardcore Evo fans will call this absurd but the diesel-electric powertrain could offer staggering amount of torque provided by the electric motor plus the low end pull of the diesel engine. On top of this, the next gen Evo will feature an upgraded version of the S-AWC four wheel drive system with improved torque vectoring capabilities.
It is evident that most Japanese automakers are really playing the “green card” and Mitsubishi is one of them. By introducing their flagship performance model with a hybrid engine, I hope this will not upset their die hard fans and also racing teams who are using their vehicles for racing.
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