Mitsubishi Evo Name to Return as Hybrid Variant

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Mitsubishi Evo will live on, but not in a way that automotive enthusiasts might have imagined.

In an interview with Autocar, the Japanese automaker’s head, Tetsuro Aikawa, said that the company plans to launch a vehicle with “Evo characteristics,” but it will be in the form of electrification. According to Aikawa, “In Japanese, when you pronounce ‘Oh’, it means ‘king.’ So we would like to launch this type of car, featuring EV and PHEV technology, which is the ultimate of its kind. ‘EV’ for electric vehicle, ‘O’ for king – Evo.”

It is believed that the model sporting the Evo nameplate will be based on the XR-PHEV II concept, that debuted at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The production model will be the next-generation ASX and the high-performance variant will be all-wheel drive, just like past Lancer Evolution models.

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Research and development from the company’s Pikes Peak competition team and the MiEV Evolution could help in creating the high-performance crossover. The launch of the next ASX is due in 2016, but don’t expect the Evo model to follow anytime soon. “To develop these kind of vehicles, we have to sell a lot of the base models, so we can cover the research and development costs,” added Aikawa.

[Source: Autocar]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • GLewi GLewi on Apr 30, 2015

    Another automaker that has no clue what they are doing when it comes to marketing. A complete bastardization of everything they have built up over 10 generations. Proof positive that the Mitsubishi brand is lost at sea.

  • TW808 TW808 on May 29, 2015

    Wow, another article that has it completely wrong. Great!