New Mitsubishi Concept May Hearken Hybrid, Compact for US Market

AutoWeek is reporting Mitsubishi may sell a hybrid-drive car in the US that's smaller than its Lancer, and it may look a lot like the Concept-CT MIEV it plans to unveil in Detroit. According to the company, the CT prototype is an all-wheel-drive four-door, powered by a 1.1-liter gas engine and its MIEV-style electric system (i.e., a motor installed in each wheel) affixed for good measure. A Mitsubishi official also called the prototype "highly finished, and "not just a styling exercise." It's speculated the company could offer the car as gas-only model, to competing amid the range of new, small cars destined for the US, like the Nissan Versa, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.

Mitsubishi's Detroit show hybrid concept could be the real deal [AutoWeek]

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