Next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution to get plug-in hybrid technology

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The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is one of our favorite high-performance cars here at egmCarTech. It’s always mind-boggling to wonder how Mitsubishi engineers managed to squeeze out almost 300-hp from a small 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Well, if AutoCar is to be believed, the Mitsubishi engineers will be taking the Lacer Evo a step further.

Sources have told the publication that the next-generation Lacer Evo will get a plug-in hybrid system that will be shown in the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV”s front and rear wheels are powered by two electric motors (making 81-hp) and a 1.6L DOHC MIVEC gasoline engine which works as a generator and can power the front wheels. The system is configured around the Lacer Evo-style S-AWC handling control system and¬†automatically switches between different drive modes depending on driving style and remaining battery power in the lithium ion battery pack.

We’re not sure how this will improve the fuel-efficiency of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, but don’t expect to see anything official from Japan until 2013.

Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV:

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– By: Kap Shah

Source: AutoCar