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Will the Mitsubishi Evo Return as a Plug-In Hybrid SUV?

Ecomento.com recently posed this question on their website, so it got us at Jim Shorkey Mitsubishi thinking—could the beloved Evo return as a plug-in hybrid SUV? Our answer? Quite possibly. Check out what ecomento.com has to say below. Let us know what you think? Would you drive a reimagined Evo as an SUV?

Mitsubishi has hinted at the possibility of using the Evolution badge on a plug-in hybrid SUV before, and now one of the executives is offering a few more details.

Mitsubishi is interested in launching a version of the Outlander Sport (known as the ASX outside the U.S.) with “Evo characteristics,” boss Tetsuro Aikawa said in a recent interview with Autocar.

Aikawa noted that an electrified Evo sets up a bit of wordplay in Japanese. In that language “Oh” pronounced the way it is in “Evo” means king. Then there are the letters “EV,” the acknowledged shorthand for “electric vehicle.” Put the two together and you get… the king of electric vehicles?

The plug-in hybrid Evo would be based on the next-generation Outlander Sport, which was previewed by the Concept XR-PHEV II Mitsubishi unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The concept’s powertrain consists of a gasoline engine of indeterminate size and a 120-kilowatt electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery pack. Unlike the outgoing Evo and the majority of crossovers and traditional SUVs, it’s front-wheel drive.

Clearly, Mitsubishi will have to do some work to make its next plug-in hybrid worthy of the Evo name, but it appears to have plenty of time.

While the new Outlander Sport could debut as early as next year, the Evolution model won’t appear until “far into the future,” if it gets built at all.

Mitsubishi will sell a non-ego plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander Sport for buyers looking solely for efficiency, but it’s probably a bit too early to put down a deposit for that performance version.

Still, the idea of a crossover that’s both efficient and sporty is intriguing. If plug-in hybrids are ever going to become truly mainstream, they’ll have to take on more than safe and sensible roles.

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The 311RS Spec Blew 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

This is the last production year for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and although we are left with a rally sized hole in our heart, we couldn’t be happier to see that the 311RS will return with a new 2015 Spec Blew model. Minneapolis-based 311RS, LLC has announced that the new Evo is their most focused model to date. The company states that the Evo will be lighter, faster, and more dynamic than the 311RS.

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Last week, the Spec Blew was revealed to a select few at the Twin Cities Auto Show. 311RS, LLC took the new 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and gave it even more upgrades over the original 311RS. The tuner says Spec Blew will be “a proper sendoff” to Mitsubishi’s Motorsport icon after 23 years of the Evolution’s production run.

The Lancer Evoltion special edition model will be coming from Mitsubishi later this year, but it most likely won’t have anything on the Spec Blew. The “Special Action Model” will be built specifically for the U.S. and will come with “extra horsepower and other performance improvements”

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