Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI Hybrid sports car gets green light for production

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 21, 2011

If yesterday it was just a rumor, today it became official: the next-generation Mitsubishi Evo XI has finally received green light for production, according to company president Osamu Masuko. Although Masuko didn’t reveal, Autocar says that the new Evo XI will be powered by a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain due to the tightening emissions regulations.

Thanks to the improved torque of the diesel engine and the electric motor, the new Mitsubishi Evo XI will be capable to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in under five seconds, yet delivering CO2 emissions of less than 200 g/km.

The current Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine delivering 291 hp. The car also uses the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) four wheel-drive system, which integrates braking, steering and traction control.

The new Evo XI is expected to receive a revised version of the same system. The all-new EVO is expected to hit the market within three years, according to company president Osamu Masuko.

“We will start work on the project next year, and it will be ready within three,” said Masuko. “I have set the goal of developing a sporting car featuring electric power.”

Developers of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X had aimed to make it as fast as possible and as safe to drive as possible. To achieve this goal, developers provided the new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X with the latest advancements in automotive engineering technology.

These innovations -- including the S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) vehicle dynamics control system and the Twin Clutch SST (Sport Shift Transmission) – cement the reputation of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X as a new-generation high-performance 4WD sedan that combines speed, control and security as well as safety.

Offered with a stylish yet aggressively functional design, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X comes with an elegant aerodynamic exterior that well indicates how it performs on the road. Of course, this design is continued inside, providing the cabin with a functional interior that allows drivers to focus on the road.

Just like all new Mitsubishi sedans, the front end of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is marked by an inverted-slant nose with a trapezoidal grille design, a design that made its debut on the new Galant Fortis, which is also known as the Mitsubishi Lancer or Lancer EX in foreign markets.

The front fascia of the Lancer Evolution X has been designed not just to reveal its qualities as a high performance sports sedan, but also to ensure optimal aerodynamic performance. Serving as the core of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is lightweight and dynamic 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC turbocharged engine, as complemented by an aluminum block and an all-new body, as well as stiffer suspension.

Although its powerplant features a turbocharger, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X has gained a three-star rating for emissions, which are around 50-percent lower than those required by the Japanese 2005 standards.

It boasts High-performance Safety – particularly on the GSR trim level -- with its SRS dual-stage airbags for both the driver and front passenger and SRS knee airbag for driver, as well as adaptive front lighting system (AFS).

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