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    Rumorpile: Mitsubishi Goes Plug-In Hybrid For Next Lancer Evolution


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    December 14, 2013

    A new report from Motor Trend says the next Lancer Evolution will be much different than the one we currently have.

    The report says that Mitsubishi is working on a new plug-in hybrid drivetrain and platform that will consist of electric motors in the front and back for the all-wheel drive system, a battery pack mounted under the rear seats, and a gas engine. Sources close to project say engineers are considering a 1.1L inline-three turbocharged engine with 135 horsepower.

    Because of this new platform, Mitsubishi is considering changing the name for the next Lancer Evolution.

    Source: Motor Trend

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    evo buyers are not interested in extreme fuel economy nor do they care for zero emissions from a plug-in. Buyers of that sort of car -- the Tesla buyers -- are not interested in a Kamikaze AWD rally car for the streets. Trackday and/or real rally folks can't use a plug-in which runs out of juice or draws down its battery to limp mode a third of the way through the course -- that is if class rules even allow them to race it at all. Mitsu executives need to get their heads examined.

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    I'm assuming this is Mitsubishi's attempt to exit America with a bang, instead of a whimper like Suzuki. How else can anyone explain such a dumb idea?

    The Evo is a balls-to-the-wall performance machine - its formula is almost sacred - and that got a lot of people my age into cars in the first place. The Evo is why Mitsubishi is even on the automotive map. It's a halo car. Why change it? I'm sure this plug-in car will be cool, but if it isn't, it'll likely kill the entire brand.

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