The next generations of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the Subaru Impreza STi will reportedly be available with diesel powerplants, with the Evo set to combine the new tech with a hybrid system, according to UK publication Autocar.
The publication reported that after seriously considering dropping the Evo entirely, Mitsubishi has given the green light to the research and development team to create a diesel hybrid, aiming to avoid tightening emissions regulations in many of the car’s key markets.
The combination of an electric motor and a torquey diesel engine could still deliver 0-100km/h times while also cutting CO2 emissions below 200g/km.
Meanwhile, the next-generation STi is also expected to feature a diesel engine.
Set to be an enhanced version of the 110kW/350Nm EE engine currently offered in Impreza models in Europe, a turbo-diesel STi could debut as early as 2012.
And while a hybrid system is expected in the Impreza at some stage in the future, the Evo is likely to beat it to production.
In a similar attempt to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, Subaru is also believed to be looking at downsizing its petrol engines for the STi, with a 1.5-litre unit reportedly under consideration.