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’ , 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.”