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Mitsubishi Evo Will Return As A Diesel Hybrid

A phrase certain to fill every Evo fan with glee.

Good news and bad news time, folks. First, the good: the Mitsubishi Evo will not be killed off at the end of the current model cycle, as many of us feared. The bad news: you might have trouble recognizing it as an Evo.

How come? The next Evo (Evo XI, we suppose) will be powered not by a turbocharged gasoline-powered four cylinder, but instead by a fossil fuel-electric hybrid arrangement. Note the phrase "fossil fuel" in lieu of "gasoline" in that sentence. That's because the fossilized plant-combusting section of the powertrain is expected to be a diesel engine.

"We will start work on the project next year, and it will be ready within three,” Mitsubushi president Osamu Masuko told Autocar. Reportedly, the diesel-electric duo will still give the Evo a sub-five second 0-60 time while drastically reducing fuel use and emissions. Looks like we're going to have to spend the next three years drastically recalibrating our idea of what an Evo is. [via Autocar]

Pictured: Mitsubishi Evo X

  • mike says:
    October 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    diesel is a problem because..?

  • Mark says:
    October 31, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    If it still performs the same then I'm definitely game for some good fuel economy.

  • Adam says:
    November 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    That's pretty ballsy. Kudos to your sack, Mitsubishi. Cummins powered evo? Lol

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