Mitsubishi Confirms Death Of EVO – Rebirth As Performance PHEV SUV Still A Possibility

OCT 26 2015 BY MARK KANE 4

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - rally version

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – rally version

Mitsubishi Evo saloons are now a relic of the past.

Whether Mitsubishi will include the Evo badge in its new bold electric SUV lineup is still up for discussion.

“As Autocar reported earlier this year, the Evo badge is likely to return first on a high-performance version of the ASX SUV, which could appear as early as 2016. The car would use lessons learnt both from the XR-PHEV II concept and from Mitsubishi’s Pikes Peak racer, the MiEV Evolution.”

Evo could be introduced as a plug-in hybrid version of ASX, or perhaps as an SUV between the ASX and Outlander PHEV. The other idea is for smaller all-electric Evo crossover.

The earlier concept Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV heralds the plug-in hybrid setup in a Shogun-size SUV.

  • All-electric or plug-in hybrid ASX (Outlander Sport / RVR) with AWD. Much depends on the Mitsubishi eX Concept impressions. The size of the car could be downsized current generation ASX (“the world’s smallest SUV“).
  • Plug-in hybrid between ASX and Outlander PHEV
  • new enlarged Outlander PHEV
  • Plug-in hybrid between Outlander PHEV and Shogun
  • maybe plug-in hybrid Shogun
Mitsubishi eX Concept

Mitsubishi eX Concept

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV

Source: Autocar

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4 Comments on "Mitsubishi Confirms Death Of EVO – Rebirth As Performance PHEV SUV Still A Possibility"

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Oh, this is gonna make us a few new, disgruntled enemies.

Mitsubishi should reinvent itself for the US market and only sell PHEV and BEV models. That would be a great differentiator since they have sunk to irrelevancy in this market. Large, Midsize and small SUV/CUV PHEVs, Midsize sedan and small hatchback PHEVs/BEVs (iMIEV is too small for US market).

MTN Ranger, have you seen an I-MiEV in person? It’s far roomier than a Spark, bigger than a first gen RAV4, and has a longer wheelbase than a Spark, Fit or Fiesta (tied with the i3). Plus, it has 50 cubes of flat storage with the rear seats folded (a one hand operation, btw). That’s more than a LEAF or Ford Escape.

That might be the only hope for them in the U.S.