MiEV Evolution Pikes Peak Racer To Form Foundation For Sporty Plug-In Mitsubishi SUV

3 years ago by Mark Kane 3

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III

Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is the last in the Evolution line, but according to Autocar, the Japanese automakerwill introduce some kind of high-performance hybrid SUV (more like a sporty crossover, we think) to try to fill the missing space after the Lancer Evo’s termination.

Mitsubishi product boss Kanenori Okamoto stated:

“It will not exist as we know it. It will be replaced in spirit by an SUV with high performance.”

The new car will include the latest S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) used in the Pikes Peak’s racer Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III and Outlander PHEV. We bet that it will be a new plug-in hybrid for Mitsubishi.

“Okamoto explained that the company has yet to decide which the new rapid SUV would be based upon, although it will include technology inspired by Mitsubishi’s electric Pikes Peak hillclimb racer, know as MiEV Evolution.”

Again, by SUV, we think Mitsubishi means something more along the lines of the Nissan Juke Nismo than say a Ford Explorer.

The PHEV drivetrain speaks to the success of the Outlander PHEV, which leveraged Mitsubishi sales in Europe.

Additionally, the new Mitsubishi ASX crossover will get a plug-in version, but only in 2WD trim.

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV

Sadly, the 2005 Lancer Evolution EV MIEV with four in-wheel motors will remain a prototype.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution EV MIEV

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution EV MIEV

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3 responses to "MiEV Evolution Pikes Peak Racer To Form Foundation For Sporty Plug-In Mitsubishi SUV"

  1. Ryan says:

    An electric Lancer Evo would sell really good if it was priced right. This company just doesn’t have a clue. I see them going the way of Suzuki here shortly.

  2. QCO says:

    After developing the basic PHEV drivetrain, it makes perfect sense to spread it across more vehicle lines.

    Mitsubishi is definitely now on the “committed” side when it comes to electrification.

    1. DaveMart says:

      ? Mitsubishi beat Nissan and everyone else to it, with the iMiEV, even though it turned out that that was not the most successful as it is tough to compete against very cheap petrol cars.

      They have not switched to bigger vehicles with PHEVs, which offer better margins.

      They were and remain one of the most committed manufacturers to electrification, no ‘now’ about it.