Mitsubishi Evo Replacement – EV = Electric Vehicle, O = King

APR 27 2015 BY MARK KANE 17

Mitsubishi Concept XR PHEV II

Mitsubishi Concept XR PHEV II

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X probably some day will be reborn as a small, high-performance plug-in SUV.

It’s expected that the second plug-in hybrid model from Japanese brand (ASX / Outlander Sport / RVR) will be based on the Concept XR PHEV II.

If sales of such cars soar high enough, then there’s a chance a special high-performance version could become the new Evo.

Tetsuro Aikawa, boss of Mitsubishi, told Autocar:

“In the future, we would like to launch such a vehicle with Evo characteristics. In Japanese, when you pronounce ‘Oh’ [in Evo], it means ‘king’. So we would like to launch this type of car, featuring EV and PHEV technology, which is the ultimate of its kind. ‘EV’ for electric vehicle, ‘O’ for king – Evo.”

ASX PHEV will be front-wheel drive, while the Evo would get four-wheel drive.

“It has to be light and fast – something performance-oriented. That’s what we want.”

“To develop these kind of vehicles, we have to sell a lot of the base models, so we can cover the research and development costs.”

source: Autocar

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17 Comments on "Mitsubishi Evo Replacement – EV = Electric Vehicle, O = King"

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When did the future change from people moving around in highly efficient Twizy’s and i-mievs to d**kheads skidding around in muscle cars. It’s like the past but less smelly.

When the first Tesla street racing video was posted on YouTube.

The future never belonged to cu#$% driving Twizies and i-Mievs.

No, the future belongs to self driving cubicles with no windows and soft music.

Seriously, the Twizy???

The future -never- belonged to golf carts. Most versions of the Twizzy don’t even have real doors or windows!

And as for the i-MiEV: In which country do you think that car represents the future? It sure ain’t the USA, where it has never sold in more than California compliance car numbers.

The future belongs to plug-in EVs which can offer serious competition to gas guzzlers. Right now that’s only the Tesla Model S, but in a couple of years we’ll start seeing some nominally “200 mile” BEVs, and then hopefully sales will start the sort of exponential year-on-year growth always seen when a disruptive tech revolution really takes off.

I guess you didn’t see The Zero Theorum (2013).

The twizy would be great for a town car, or a commuter car. It’s just not for sale in the U.S.

Shouldn’t Nissan be selling it along side the Leaf, but with WINDOWS?

Since efficiency is always a ratio, it means the fuel or energy consumed vs power or work produced, not necessarily frugality.

People want options and most people like the option of applying their efficiency towards power.

Standard i-MIEV = blech. A non-starter.

Pikes Peak i-MIEV Evo = that’s where the future is, with better and bigger batteries.

I kinda knew that comment would get a response, maybe I was being a bit of a troll but I am getting a bit tired of more and yet more sports and sporty suv’s coming with a plug. As amazing as the model x is going to be I still struggle to get excited about the prospect of yet another massive car on the road that is more of a status symbol than a mode of transport.

Yes I know we need these cars and they are immeasurably better than the V8 range rover sports that they replace but there is still part of me that wants my 2nd car to be a twizy – cheap to buy, cheap to run, fun to drive. Something that can get me from A to B.

What I really want is a car that makes a statement, and that statement is “I am no better than you”. “I am the king” is just a bit…… Obnoxious.

I am guessing you missed out on the Aptera then,

love the Aptera, great car

In my opinion the younger generation will prove you are right. It seems high performances EV’s are for an older generation (one that had Porsche or Corvette posters pinned on the wall of their bedrooms). As I can see the younger generation is more the A to B type, not really interest in cars actually. My theory is that it is so easy to modify an EV as to make it accelerate fast as opposed to an ICE car (see DIY projects, white zombie etc..) that EV makers such as Tesla just couldn’t resist to grab this low hanging fruit to make a point against ICE cars.

Looks like a response to the Mazda CX-3, which unfortunately is ICE only… for now.

Mazda has no money for a phev powertrain development. best they could do is use Ford hardware.

Can’t they just put a Lancer sized sedan ev on the market instead of weirdmobiles?
A sedan a battery a motor and a rex option, that doesn’t sound to complicate for a brand like Mitsubishi. Or is it?

EVA: Electric Taxi for Singapore that can drive 200km* in 15min charge