Mitsubishi’s Evo performance brand won’t be used on future saloon models, says company chairman and CEO Osamu Masuko. However, it is highly likely it will appear again on a high-performance plug-in hybrid SUV.
Masuko insists the company has no concrete development plan for such a model because it has “lots to do” developing its new mainstream hybrid SUV line-up, but says the company “would like to utilise PHEV technology for high performance”.
Mitsubishi showed one direction of its thinking with the XR-PHEV II concept, revealed in March at the Geneva motor show.
The company has been building an Evolution series of saloons on its long-lived Lancer model since 1993, but it believes small sales and environmental concerns make this the time to stop. It has been testing a high-performance Outlander PHEV off-roader and will enter it in cross-country rallies, starting with a Portuguese event later this year.
“If we can use EV or PHEV technologies for high-performance cars, we could certainly continue,” says Masuko.