Rumor: Next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evo to go diesel hybrid

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Before you go ahead and dive into this story, we’d just like to say that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. A lot of the times, what we call ‘sources’ and ‘insiders’ are actually real people that provide a nice sneek peak as to what’s going on inside the company – other times we’re not really sure what to believe or if the ‘sources’ and ‘insiders’ are real people. In this case… well, we’ll let you decide.

A couple months ago it was reported that next-generation Lancer Evo XI will be a plug-in hybrid sedan that uses an electric-motor instead of a turbocharger that it uses right now. The report said that the hybrid Evo will use the same platform as the Concept PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid concept from last year”s Tokyo Motor Show… etc.

Well, it is now reported that Mitsubishi is so concerned with meeting European fuel-economy regulations that it had considered dropping the Evo all together until someone from the R&D department started bouncing around a new idea – a diesel hybrid Evo.

‘Insiders’ say that the diesel hybrid Evo would have so much torque that it can go from 0-62 mph in under 5 seconds and cut CO2 emissions to under 200g/km (which is pretty good).

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar