UK's Autocar broke this news yesterday. The story was picked up by GCR this morning as well.
The story focuses more on the excitement around the possibility of a 500hp Lancer Evo hybrid (which would be interesting). But then glazes over the revelation that Mitsubishi plans to bring a standard Lancer PHEV as early as 2014. This is the first time this information has been released to my knowledge.
The Lancer PHEV is said to be based on the Outlander PHEV technology. What could make things very compelling would be if Mitsu keeps the 2-motor config (as Autocar suggests is the case), thus making the Lancer an AWD 5-seater plug-in sedan. With a 12kWh pack, depending on price this could give the Volt and Fusion Energi some competition.
Of course, a 500hp AWD Evo PHEV would be something I wouldn't mind taking for a drive either
Some quotes from the article:
With the new-generation Lancer hatchback being readied for global launch next year and a plug-in hybrid version of that car already in the product plan, highly placed Mitsubishi executives are discussing options for a petrol-electric performance car. The model would inherit technology directly from the companyís MiEV Evolution II Pikes Peak prototype racer and take the Evo into a new performance dimension.Itís still early days for the car, whose viability depends on market acceptance of Mitsubishiís new plug-in hybrid PHEV technology.If it is built, the new Evo, whose styling is likely to be influenced by the Concept-RA shown at Detroit in 2008, will follow a less performance-orientated Lancer PHEV in the mould of the existing Outlander PHEV, itself due in the UK later this year. Like the hybrid Outlander, the Lancer PHEV is expected to combine a 2.0-litre petrol engine with two 80bhp electric motors. It should be capable of at least 150mpg and 50g/km on the European combined economy and CO2 emissions test and have an all-electric range approaching 40 miles.If the market takes to that car, it leaves the door open for the new Evo, and the early signs are that the Lancer PHEV could be a success. The Outlander PHEV has only been launched in Japan and the Netherlands, but Mitsubishi has already received more orders for it than expected ó a situation that has slowed the carís market rollout elsewhere.