Mitsubishi plans to make cars that are environmentally friendly and a hybrid car. Aikawa Testuro Mitsubishi executive said that they were testing a prototype Evo equipped with PX, and “we see That Could well in the Evo system within the next couple of years.”
The Evo is one of the best car ever offered by Mitsubishi and has fans everywhere. Mitsubishi will release the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI and will serve as a hybrid car that has a beautiful design and extreme, yet efficient.
A few back pedals later and Mitsubishi President and CEO, Osamu Masuko, calmed the waters by stating that the the Evo X would not be the last of the Evolutions. Now, Masuko has offered even more details for the future of the Evo to Japanese magazine, Best Car, stating that “Mitsubishi is fully intent on producing a high-performance car in the future, albeit green.” Yeah, join the club, Masuko.
The next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evo could use a plug-in hybrid system that is being shown at the Tokyo motor show, sources have told Autocar.
The plug-in technology is being showcased on the Mitsubishi PX-MiEV concept, and if applied to the Evo XI would dramatically alter its make-up.
With the PX-MiEV, front and rear wheels are powered by two 81bhp permanent magnet synchronous motors. There’s also a 1.6-litre MIVEC petrol engine which not only drives the front wheels but also serves as a generator.
However, the system is configured around Mitsubishi’s Evo-style S-AWC handling control system, and automatically switches between different drive modes depending on driving style and remaining power in the lithium ion battery pack.
It’s a highly sophisticated switchable system that borrows i-MiEV electric car tech for the back wheels but uses a new parallel-type hybrid system for the fronts. It also delivers over 140mpg economy, Mitsubishi says. Mitsubishi hopes to have it on the market by 2013, but company insiders say the technology could be directed at the new Evo.
At present, development work on the next Evo has effectively stalled, according to a source familiar with the programme, which explains why there has been no serious tweaking of the Evo X in Japan since its launch in 2007.
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