For a while there were plenty of rumors that Mitsubishi was planning to turn the next generation Evo into an electric car. Although nothing has been fully confirmed, there is a hint that these rumors are true. The next Evo's main power source will reportedly be an electric motor, instead of the typical gas engine, that will drive the front wheels. It will also allow drivers the option of going into EV mode, but will be very limited in order to improve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
Under the hood, the 2.0-liter MIVEC gas engine, which would drive the rear wheels, will give an output of around 320hp with the possibility of going as high as 350hp. There are also rumors that it will go from 0-62 mph in about 4.5 seconds. Mitsubishi engineers claim the new electric motor will work like a turbo, so power enthusiasts should have nothing to worry about. Some of the handling upgrades will include a few hi-tech devices that were not finished in time to make the final cut for the current Evo X.
We can expect to have a new electronically-controlled active yaw control system, or better known as E-AYC, which will regulate torque distribution between the rear wheels along with Active Steering and Roll Control Suspension. It will be built on the same platform as the off-road plug-in hybrid PX-MiEV concept that Mitsubishi revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last October. The Evo XI will be due sometime in 2013.