Next-gen Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru STI to be diesel powered

Next-gen Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru STI to be diesel powered

According to internet rumours, both Mitsubishi and Subaru are planning diesel versions of their respective sports-focused EVO and STi models.

For Mitsubishi, the story seems fairly far-fetched, and at this stage unlikely. But according to a UK car magazine, the brand has considered scrapping a petrol-powered Lancer Evolution model altogether, while also rejecting plans for a petrol-hybrid version, and has instead settled on producing the model as diesel-electric hybrid only.

Producing the EVO as a diesel-only offering has some major drawbacks. It would keep the vehicle out of most motor-sport competition for one, and it would also make it a difficult sell in diesel-resistant markets such as Japan and the United States. The only positive is an ability to keep its CO2 emissions to below the 200 g/km mark.

In terms of performance the new diesel-electric set up should allow the next-gen EVO to do the 0-100 km/h sprint in under five seconds. The model would also continue to use the S-AWC all-wheel drive system that makes the EVO such a sharp handler.

For the Impreza STi the changes won’t be so extreme, Subaru is planning on a diesel version for the new model due out in 2012. The engine would be an increased-output version of the 2.0 litre diesel that’s currently in the Impreza lineup.

According to internet rumours, both Mitsubishi and Subaru are planning diesel versions of their respective sports-focused EVO and STi models.

For Mitsubishi, the story seems fairly far-fetched, and at this stage unlikely. But according to a UK car magazine, the brand has considered scrapping a petrol-powered Lancer Evolution model altogether, while also rejecting plans for a petrol-hybrid version, and has instead settled on producing the model as diesel-electric hybrid only.

Producing the EVO as a diesel-only offering has some major drawbacks. It would keep the vehicle out of most motor-sport competition for one, and it would also make it a difficult sell in diesel-resistant markets such as Japan and the United States. The only positive is an ability to keep its CO2 emissions to below the 200 g/km mark.

In terms of performance the new diesel-electric set up should allow the next-gen EVO to do the 0-100 km/h sprint in under five seconds. The model would also continue to use the S-AWC all-wheel drive system that makes the EVO such a sharp handler.

For the Impreza STi the changes won’t be so extreme, Subaru is planning on a diesel version for the new model due out in 2012. The engine would be an increased-output version of the 2.0 litre diesel that’s currently in the Impreza lineup.

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