These days, it may seem to you that Mitsubishi is on hibernation. If you really think on such lines, well, stop doing that because the Japanese auto maker is working on its ambitious plans for the future. The legendary ‘lanevo’ (Lancer Evolution) will see an all new generation as soon as in 2014. The upcoming car is far from what you’d expect from a brand of cars that have instilled fear in rivals in the cross-country rally scene with its formidable four-wheel drive sedans. The current version, the Misubishi EVO X, fails to give any hints about what is in store for us in future. Not even a single subtle hint. Simply saying, upcoming generation of EVO is supposed to be a hybrid!
Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko has confirmed this with a few publications but refrained himself from revealing anything about the other technical details. As per him, the Mitsubishi EVO XI will feature a (surprise surprise !!) diesel-hybrid power-train. Yes, no joking. And if you stood up from being seated, I request you to resume with the sitting. The new changes will do a substantial bit with controlling emissions. Now, the EVO is known for terrifyingly quick 0-100 kph dash and unmatched reflexes. Revolutionary changes or not, the new EVO XI can be safely expected to retain its brilliant handling and gob smacking performance .
Mitsubishi will start working on the new EVO project as soon as next year. The production version of the car is expected to arrive in the three years time.
A green car that hunts apexes for breakfast and is quick enough to bite off chunks of metals from the rear of Ferraris. We say? Bring it on.