Mitsubishi remains tightlipped on the future of its iconic Lancer Evolution sports car as the company shifts its focus away from traditional petrol vehicles into electric and petrol-assisted electric models.
Speaking to the media at today’s Sydney motor show, Mitsubishi Motors’ global president, Osamu Masuki, said he’s considering a next-generation Evolution that also addresses the environmental issues, hinting that the Evo XI may indeed be offered with some form of electrification.
Masuki spoke at great length about the company’s involvement in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) this year, which it entered with two Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars. The company’s performance (2nd in electric class) hinted that Mitsubishi believes in electrified cars for its performance models.
“We wanted to find the limitations of EV (electric vehicles). (We now) have quite a lot of information after doing this.” Masuki said.
Mitsubishi is already planning to reenter the race next year and win not only in its class, but beat the petrol cars as well.
At this year’s Paris motorshow in September, the company’s head of PHEV (plugin hybid electric vehicles) development, Kanenori Okamoto, told CarAdvice that although the next generation Evolution hasn’t officially been confirmed, it’s one of the very important assets of the company. He said that it’s time for the Evolution to evolve to face a new world.
“As far as Evolution is concerned, now we are facing a new world, which means that we could design an evolution of new era with this spirit. We are always trying to activate our sport car development” Okamoto said.
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