• Jun 11th 2010 at 4:01PM
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Mitsubishi was seriously close to axing the 2013 Evo XI completely, a move that would surely break the hearts of many of its die-hard fans. Axing the Evo was not a move that the company wanted to make, but tightening emissions regulations were quickly closing in upon the hallowed Evo, forcing the company to take dramatic steps to keep it alive 'n kickin'. Mitsubishi initially considered switching the Evo over to a gasoline-powered hybrid, something along the lines of the PX-MiEV SUV concept. Luckily, the company decided against that far-from-desirable course of action. Now, the Evo XI research and development team has been given the green light to develop the next-gen model as a diesel hybrid monster, capable of preserving the Evo's highly regarded image.

Mitsubishi engineers hope that the clean-diesel technology and the addition of an electric motor will help keep the Evo XI's CO2 emissions below 200 grams per kilometer while also pushing the vehicle to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds. The diesel's abundant low-end torque and inherently efficient design should make this Evo the most fuel frugal ever, but there's a few caveats attached. The diesel-hybrid setup will knock the Evo out of most competitive racing events, which we're all right with, but due to our slow-but-growing love for diesels, we wonder if this Evo will grace U.S. soil.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Small turbo-diesel powering the front wheels with an electric motor powering the rear axle.

      It wouldn't rev, but it would have so much torque at low speeds and would get diesel milage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My opinion of this corp keeps going down. The strip mining, the price gouging on the i miev, your loosing it Mitsubishi. i miev should be half the price or put in twice the size of the current battery pack. Gouging early adopters is greenwashing.

      My car 130 miles one charge, $42k, less than 10 built is my guess.

      i mieve, 60 mile range, $50k, 1000 or more built.

      Your a rip off Mitsubishi!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just curious... what IS your car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is kind of a nod towards Buddhism ;).. but more so about how i feel 'agnostic' about green technologies.

        Yeah.. the bigger tax incentive is nice and all, but it won't help those $500-$600/mo. payments much, will it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Middle Way, Sounds like you have become a buddha Nep. That is what buddha found out after torchoring himself for seven years he was almost dead, very emaciated. Then he figured it out, "the middle way", and he was content ever more.

        Mitsubishi is blowing it. Bigger tax incentive, WTH? Good luck with that Mitsubishi!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hm.. but do we know what the MiEV price will be for the USDM market?

        I talked to the mitsu guy and he said it would be lower than the Leaf, and have a higher tax rebate. But i don't expect that to pan out.

        As far as strip mining goes.. i am absolutely sure that Mitsubishi is not alone here. But Alaskans are sure causing a stink ( for good reason )
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do like Toyota did with the HV-R Supra, use some Ultracaps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Probably the only thing to suffer from the switchover will be the Evo's top end speed (which is useless in the real world, anyway... and on the track... most street cars never see the far end of 100 mph on most racetracks...)... I don't doubt diesel torque + electric torque can provide the proper acceleration performance.

      And it's not like the current Evo isn't an overweight porker, already... with models ranging in weight from 1,400 to 1,600 kilograms, it's an incredibly heavy car compared to the front-wheel drive competition.
        • 5 Years Ago

        From that $42k, subtract maybe 5k for the ICE... if it were to be built by Toyota, economies of scale would make it cheaper... but then they'd have to do some QC and market homologation... which would remove some of the savings... say, a brand new one at $30-35k. Not bad... especially compared to the electrics being pitched by some start-ups based on Chinese cars, which are quoted at $40k... despite the fact that the Chinese-car platforms cost about half what a Yaris does... and that's WITH the ICE.

        As a question: has the company done a Honda Fit? With the Fit fuel tank under the front seats, there's a huge loading bay under and behind the rear seats which can be used to stow the batteries (not to mention the space the fuel tank takes, which can hold more). I'd think that would be an excellent car to convert (I was looking at one for a propane conversion, as that stowage space alone would be big enough for a huge 13-14 gallon propane tank), especially once the secondhand prices go down.

        • 5 Years Ago
        You'd think, but with the additional cost of development and the need to ensure long-term reliability and the ability of dealerships to maintain the vehicles, the cost-savings of mass production are reduced.

        It's similar between boutique car manufacturers and full-sized manufacturers... you'd think that Chevrolet could sell the Corvette for much less than a TVR Tuscan (as an example) due to the higher volume, but the difference really isn't that big. Tuscan doesn't need to meet so many regulatory requirements, being a smaller manufacturer... and owners probably don't mind that they smell of glue and sometimes break.

        $32k is already much lower than other electric manufacturers are quoting (usually in the $40k range), so Nissan is showing the way forward to a better pricing structure... And it'll probably get cheaper if they can ramp up production... probably drop another $10k in price (hopefully). If it does, they won't even need that tax incentive to sell more of the cars, since that will put it square in Prius and Insight territory.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, the company converts Pontiac Vibe, Smart car, PT Cruiser, MInni and Cross Fire.

        http://www.li-ionmotors.com/ No doubt Fit would make a good conversion. If this corp can do this for 41,020 with out delivery and with a 35 kwh pack. Nissan should be able to do it cheaper than 32k with a 24 kwh pack and mass production.
        • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that was completely unexpected! But in a weird way it makes sense, and can quite possibly yield a great car...wait and see...
      Ivan Malagurski
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quick acceleration is for dumb monkeys, you know who you are. Find a Cliff and fill in the blank with your brilliant minds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can only imagine what this thing will weigh. If they must go hybrid why not do a range extended EV ala the Volt, but with a performance edge?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uh...... that's an interesting way to go. Seems like a serious bastardization of the car's appeal :|

      I bet EVO fans are handing in their fanboy badges right about now. I can't see how they'd develop two versions of the EVO. And Mitsubishi is gonna face pretty major CAFE fines in the coming years if they don't clean up their fleet of grossly inefficient cars.

      Good luck becoming relevant again anyway, mitsu..
        • 5 Years Ago
        You guys must not be into sports cars at all.

        Okay; whatever; i'm not getting anywhere here
        • 5 Years Ago
        what if the diesel electric is quicker than the old, my ignorant friend
        there is nothing inherently slow about diesel nor hybrid. porsche broke some records with their kers and audi wins all the time with diesel in le mans
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sure, but a hybrid diesel is the exact opposite of what the EVO is.

        The evo is a super edgy turbo i4, well known to be one of the most raw and powerful 4 cylinder cars on the market.

        A diesel hybrid is the exact opposite of that.

        I'm not saying it will suck at all. But it's like Slayer putting out a pop-punk record.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think Porsche has shown that a hybrid drivetrain can still turn out some pretty serious performance.

        I think Mitsubishi could keep the Evo iconic performance, while at the same time dramatically greening the Evo's footprint - which you point out they have to do.

        I'm not so pessimistic about Mitsubishi's hybrid potential - I look forward to what they accomplish.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not about it being quicker, it's about bastardizing the nature of the vehicle.

        Go ahead and make a hybrid diesel sports car, but don't call it a lancer evo ....
        • 5 Years Ago
        "a bastardization of the car's appeal" ??

        What a complete crock of sh... ! Since when is high-tech and efficiency a "bastardization of a car's appeal" ?

        God, save Americans from themselves.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they make it a series hybrid with some batteries so they can add more batteries and reduce the ice size
      • 5 Years Ago
      As someone who owns modified VW TDi's and has a friend with a 1,000lb/ft Dodge I will agree that diesels can be plenty sporty. I think the hybrid part needs to be removed.

      They could very easily build a Diesel-only sports car. 60psi on a 2.5 / 3.0L 4cyl block would be more than enough to roast a typical AWD transfer case in the EVO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Evo X already marked the end of the twitchy, crystal meth addicted monster that was Evo.
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