Mitsubishi Evo Hybrid Confirmed, Coming by 2014

Here we go again, with a new episode of the story in which Mitsubishi fails to understand that desecrating the Evo could have devastating effects for the company: Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko has confirmed to autocar that the next-gen Evo will use hybrid propulsion and will arrive sometime in the next three years.
We have to remind you that earlier this year, Mitsubishi showed its intentions of killing the Evo altogether, as the company considers that such a model doesn’t fit its recently-embraced green philosophy.

However, fans, together with an important part of the automotive media (including ourselves), fought back, which led to the company reconsidering the deal. Unfortunately, as you can see. Mitsu still hasn’t got it right.

According to the aforementioned source, the executive didn’t offer the tech details of the deal, but many believe that the vehicle will use a diesel(!)-electric powertain, which should provide enough muscle for a sub-5 seconds 0 to 62 mph sprint, while keeping CO2 emissions under the 200 g/km mark.

Let’s say that the aforementioned sprint time could be achieved, but, last time we checked, an important part of driving an Evo was the way in which this makes you feel and we’re pretty sure that an oil burner will manage to wipe away all the smiles offered by the rest of the car.

Yes, we’ll probably get an updated version of the S-AWC all-wheel-drive system that allows the Evo to laugh in the face of supercars when driving conditions become poor, but anybody that’s driven a “performance” diesel will tell you that it doesn’t even come close to petrol-power in terms of thrills.

We’re waiting for more backfiring and we’re dying to find out Mitsubishi’s new reaction.
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