Mitsubishi promises that this new small PHEV SUV will deliver a great driving experience. Are they referring to the EVO XI? Or some kind of convertible SUV?
There isn’t much to go on from Mitsubishi’s official press release or the attached picture on this new small electric SUV concept car, as they call it. We do know that the concept will combine the company’s electrification technologies to its well-known all-wheel control knowhow.
The words used by Mitsubishi to describe what the eventual production vehicle will deliver are quite strong and we quote:
“Under the concept of “An electric SUV that delivers unparalleled driving pleasure and confidence over all terrain in light and wind”, MMC will propose new values which combine SUV, PHEV and 4WD: The car will have a downsized, lower-weight plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) drivetrain, as well as an electric 4WD system.”
We say strong as although the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a competent and efficient vehicle, it is anything but driving pleasure. What this new concept seems to indicate is that it will be an Evolution of the Outlander’s existing hybrid electric AWD technology.
What do we truly think Mitsubishi’s talking about? They will reveal the next Evolution vehicle, yes, the new EVO. Or at least, this is what we’d like them to reveal. All we can say about the teaser picture is that we seem to be looking at fans designed to cool down intercoolers or radiators. Or possibly, a buttress typically found on a roadster? Are they planning on introducing a drop-top SUV? We really hope not. This is why we’re sticking to our EVO XI idea.
We’ve read, seen and heard hints pertaining to the next generation of Mitsubishi’s line of EVO vehicles and the first rumour, which dates back to 2012 or 2013 when we conversed with an ex-Mitsubishi engineer at the LAAS, was that the next EVO was going to be a small SUV.
If the Evolution XI is to be introduced at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show in roughly five week’s time, then the “unparalleled driving pleasure and confidence over all terrain in light and wind” makes sense. As does the fan and intercooler picture… Darn. Now we’re almost convinced it’ll be a modern interpretation of the “highly” successful Nissan Cross-Cabriolet mistake.
We very much look forward to finding out what Mitsubishi’s going on about.