A new report indicates the second generation Mitsubishi ASX crossover could receive a hot Evo derivative.

It seems Mitsubishi is preparing a different type of Evo-badged model as it won't have anything to do with the legendary Lancer Evolution. Speaking to British magazine Autocar, Mitsubishi's president Tetsuro Aikawa revealed the company’s desire to launch an Evo-named version of a crossover with a plug-in hybrid arrangement.

The model in question is believed to be based on the second generation ASX which has already been previewed by the XR-PHEV II concept showcased at last month's Geneva Motor Show. The concept itself was a follow-up to the XR-PHEV from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show while the production version will ditch the concept's FWD layout to make room for an AWD system to keep some form of connection with previous Evo models.

The second-gen ASX will be launched next year, but the high performance version will be out "far in the future" and only if the regular model will be a success.

Gallery: Second-gen Mitsubishi ASX could spawn Evo version with plug-in hybrid setup

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