Mitsubishi has taken the wraps off the all-electric e-Evolution concept at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. The “technical prototype” as Mitsubishi calls it, is to illustrate the strategic direction of the brand that incorporates the strengths of an SUV, EV, and a connected mobility experience.
Talking about the design, the front face is a fresh take on MMC’s archetypal Dynamic Shield design. The black grille, shielded under glass, is a subtle hint that this car is a high performance electric vehicle, said Mitsubishi. The grille hides cameras and sensors. Large air intakes up front are to cool the electric brake calipers. The drawn-in air passes jet tailfins on the C-pillars before exiting on either side of the rear bumper.
Interiors are equally futuristic where digital displays have taken the place of buttons, except for couple of knobs. A large flat screen spans the full width of the dashboard. It displays outside conditions, navigation and coaching information. The large screen is flanked by two smaller screens, showing images from front and rear cameras. Full-glass windows provide near unobstructed 360-degree visibility, for a feeling more akin to a jet fighter than a car.
Mitsubishi said that the e-Evolution concept uses “high-torque, high-performance electric motors”, fed by a high-capacity battery system. There are 3 motors in total – one at the front axle and two at the rear, forming a 4WD system. There is something called as Dual Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) system that couples two rear motors through an electronically controlled torque-vectoring unit. All this is integrated into MMC’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamic control system for improved cornering performance and traction.
There is also an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that assists the driver. An array of sensors allows the AI system to instantly read changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s intent. A special coaching function allows the AI system to transfer knowledge to the driver, and to enhance the driving expertise. After building a picture of the driver’s skill level, the system constructs a training program that provides advice through voice dialogues and on the dashboard display.
Mitsubishi hasn’t announced any production plans yet.