Evo Name Likely for Future Mitsubishi Crossovers Only
Performance Plug-In SUV Might Appear in 2016
As has been reported before, Mitsubishi will no longer use the Evolution name on a performance sedan. Instead, the company may offer a performance plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Outlander Sport crossover, according to Autocar.
Speaking to Mitsubishi CEO and Chairman Osamu Masuko, the outlet was able to confirm that the Lancer Evolution was dead and that the company has no plans to develop a new Evolution. However, although nothing concrete has been put forth by the company, Mitsubishi has been developing performance applications of its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology, testing a high-performance Outlander PHEV intended for use in global off-road rallies.
Autocar conjectures that the Evo badge will likely be used on the next-generation ASX crossover (known here as the Outlander Sport), previewed by the XR-PHEV concept shown above. Currently, the Outlander Sport comes with a maximum power output of just 168 hp, which is fine for a small family SUV, but there’s clearly room for substantial improvement. With perhaps 220 hp from a 2.0L I-4 (the former Lancer Ralliart made 240 hp from a similar motor), along with 50 or 60 ponies powering a rear-mounted electric motor, an Outlander Sport through-the-road hybrid could be a fun little sporty compact crossover, primed to do eco-friendly battle with the Nissan Juke.
Until the company announces its plans, however, all of this is strictly conjecture. The company is expected to announce its next-generation Outlander Sport/ASX within a year or so, and we’d bet some Evo-related news will come at the same time.