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Rumors that the 2013 Mitsubishi Evolution XI will come with a hybrid powertrain aren't new. In fact, we first heard such rumblings way back in October of 2009 when the Japanese automaker unleashed its PX-MiEV concept, which is also rumored to have received the green light for production using the same platform as the Evo, at the Tokyo Motor Show. But Motor Trend has a few more intriguing details to share, starting with the fact that it will boast a plug and a short-distance EV mode that won't ever activate the gasoline-fueled engine.

If MT is correct, a powerful electric motor would drive the front wheels of the Evo XI, drawing power from a lithium ion battery pack, while the (presumably turbocharged but possibly normally aspirated) 2.0-liter engine would drive the rear wheels only when necessary. The two combined powerplants could theoretically put out as much as 350 horsepower (or more, depending on final specifications) to all four wheels, catapulting the car from 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds.

Finally, the Evo would reportedly be blessed with the Active Steering and Roll Control Suspension that Mitsubishi has been working on getting into production since 2006, as well as a new electronically-controlled Active Yaw Control system for the engine-driven rear wheels. Sounds like a lot of technology, which could potentially equal lots of weight and a hefty sticker price. Stay tuned. Thanks for the tip, Jim!

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dont like the look one bit.

      IDK how to feel about Mitsubishi any more : / They cant touch Honda, Toyota or Nissan in anything really and the only car that they offer that interest me is....yes you guessed right the EVO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No Mitsubishi, If you want to do this do it with the Galant, call it the Galant VR-X. Make the Evo like the IX one, that one was perfect. you messed up the Eclipse so dont mess up the Evo now. Make the Eclipse look like the second generation one with a more modern and "angrier" look, it will match Mitsubishi's design theme, make the next generation Galant more towards the Mazda 6 and Suzuki Kizashi, and look more like the previous Galant. Or just make a larger Galant-based Magna and put this idea into it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish they would use some form of this front end styling on their new vehicles vs that ugly Lancer face being plastered on everything these days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why its Mitsubishi doing to the Evolution what they did to the Eclipse? This car is already a fat bloated pig, start cutting weight and it will get better gas mileage!
        • 5 Years Ago
        but then it's not a hybrid, and we all know hybrids are the best for the environment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      apple sucks
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any car can be Evo. And the we are most interested in is the lancer Evo. And I believe they will not make LAN evo anymore due to the fact that a hybrid will kill the spirit and the way it drives like their older cars. The only way to make it happen is to make a switch that you can turn off the turbo when you're not using it. So it can just run on the 4 cylinders engine when going at cruising speed or on the street road where there are a lot of stopping, and going. Or something like that. Make it more fuel efficient while still holding on to the old Spirit of Competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There was enough controversy when the X came out. This is going to cause a sh*t storm.

      I personally think this is the completely wrong direction they should take the Evo's evolution.

      It needs to go back to it's roots as a lightweight, affordable 4 door sedan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't blame Mitsubishi joining the others to eat the hipsters' wallets.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why can't they go back to their roots, when they had amazing light-ASS fighterplanes that could take on American fast pigs! Until US came out with the f6f-hellcat and the P51. Its like evolution the pig mustang which learned to turn. If they made a fun sports car with a Hyundai like 4.6 engine, then they could garner in all the lost fans of Honda, Pontiac and most importantly, their own diminishing fanbase. Oh man...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what this means to those who modify for more power with bigger turbos etc. It would give them more power to the rear wheels, while the front may not be as tune-able. What would that mean to handling and drivability? Any engineering types out there that could shed light on this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      how is Mitsu still around? I thought they were projected to go under sometime this year?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mitsu is still around and will be around because cars isn't all they build. Do some research before jumping to conclusions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      holy crap thats ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      God damnit Mitsu, why do you hate money? I bet if they started producing the IX again (maybe even badge it as the XI), they'd be much better off than making a hybrid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your assumptions make no sense. Why would a hybrid drivetrain lead to Mitsu hating money?! If anything it gives tuners even more possibilities to play with for more power. It's far easier to make electric drivetrains to have variable output than the mechanical counterpart. And because it's electric, the output management changes take effect much faster. For example, you could devise a sophisticated system that varies output in relation to G load to maximize traction in cornering.
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