As you may know already, it’s been a while since we didn’t hear something regarding the next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution but it appears that the Japanese sports car is not in cryogenic freeze. According to MotorTrend, the next-gen Lancer Evo will be completely different and will take another direction. In fact, it will be so different from the 10 versions of Evos you know that it will probably get a new name. Moreover, the new Evo will be a hybrid sports car, a fusion of "uncompromised handling with state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid EV technology". As a result, it will employ a unique platform. The big surprise is the engine, as Mitsubishi is currently evaluating an enhanced version of the 1.1-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 135 hp that was unveiled on the XR-PHEV Concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
According to an unnamed source, the engine generates at least 35 percent more power than any comparably sized engine. Furthermore, the next-generation Evo will be all-wheel-drive but not a “standard” one. MotorTrend says that it will employ motors front and rear, while the battery pack will be slotted under the rear seat, in order to produce a perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
With the electric motors integrated in the front and rear, the next-generation S-AWC will achieve handling capabilities that will surpass any previous Evo. Although we don’t know the name of the new car, we don’t even care, we just want to see how it performs on the road. We expect to see a sports car that will rival any competitor in terms of performance, fuel efficiency and handling.