Mitsubishi Planning Diesel Hybrid for EVO XI

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

File this under hard to believe. According to a recent report Mitsubishi has scrapped plans to build a hybrid EVO in favor of a diesel hybrid EVO.

AutoCar is reporting that a gasoline hybrid project based on the PX-MiEV concept was recently junked in favor of this new direction for the EVO XI. Using a torquey diesel powerplant mated to even more torque provided by an electric motor, the EVO XI would provide plenty of grunt, although the switch to a diesel option would likely remove it from competition use in motorsports and would most certainly kill the car’s following in North America. In fact, if Mitsubishi does decide to go the hybrid diesel route there’s a good chance they could cut the model altogether from Mitsu’s U.S. lineup, opting instead for more of a Ralliart pseudo-high-performance model to fill its shoes.

[Source: AutoCar]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • JB JB on Jul 29, 2010

    Why would that kill it's following in NA? I'd love a diesel electric. I think the idea that Americans don't like diesels is just a self propogating myth-- it just needs to be tested to be proven wrong.

  • Horst h. Balthes Horst h. Balthes on Mar 01, 2011

    It's not a "self propogating myth", it's "brainwash". Americans are against Diesel's, because the media and the government, paid off by the multies said so!