Mitsubishi’s next-generation electric SUV showcased in Tokyo

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) unveiled its e-Evolution Concept at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, which commenced on October 25.

Embodying MMC’s new brand strategy “Drive your Ambition,” the e-Evolution Concept features the strengths of a Mitsubishi SUV and an EV, as well as a new driving experience by integrating these systems. Through this integration, the prototype offers new attractiveness as an SUV.

The front end features aerodynamic performance through evolving Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design. MMC has established the air intakes underneath its headlights to control the flow of air and for efficient cooling of the electric brake calipers. The SUV-like side profile and short overhangs offer agility while the design surrounding its protruded tires embodies powerful four-wheel-drive torque.

The powertrain is a tripe motor 4WD system consisting of a single motor at the front and a newly developed Dual Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) system at the rear. The Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept offers a powerful, smooth and quiet ride that can only come from an EV for cruising in the city, on highways, and on winding roads. It also comes with a high capacity lithium-ion battery, which is located underneath the center of the floor, for low center of gravity and exceptional driving stability. Also, the establishment of electric brake calipers enables the e-Evolution Concept to control the driving and braking force with high responsiveness and precision for enhanced cornering and traction performance.

Moreover, the e-Evolution Concept is equipped with an in-vehicle artificial intelligence (AI) system that provides driving assistance. It recognizes changes in road and traffic conditions as well as the driver’s intentions to provide drivers with greater security and comfort. The in-vehicle AI system also features a dedicated coaching function that presents the driver’s skill level and advice on what to improve through voice dialogue and a large display at the front.

Written by Toshiya Kouketsu @DAYS
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)