Mit­subishi’s e-evo­lu­tion con­cept

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Mit­subishi Mo­tors Cor­po­ra­tion un­veiled its e-evo­lu­tion con­cept at the Tokyo mo­tor show.

It stands as a spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of all-wheel-drive sports sedan and a pre­view of a po­ten­tial pro­duc­tion high-per­for­mance all-elec­tric small SUV.

Point­ing to a pos­si­ble re­turn to build­ing more ex­cit­ing ve­hi­cles, Mit­subishi Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion de­scribed the con­cept – its first to be un­veiled since en­ter­ing the Re­nault-nis­san Al­liance last year – as a tech­ni­cal pro­to­type to il­lus­trate the strate­gic di­rec­tion of a re­newed Mit­subishi Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion.

The Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer fur­ther spruiked the value of a ‘new ethos’ in­side the com­pany – said to be em­bod­ied by the e-evo­lu­tion con­cept – which would ex­pand its cus­tomer base and ac­cel­er­ate its EV de­vel­op­ment.

It also said the ban­ner of su­pe­rior, high-per­for­mance 4WD con­trol is car­ried for­ward by the Mit­subishi e-evo­lu­tion con­cept.

Re­viv­ing a name used across 10 gen­er­a­tions of Mit­subishi’s high-per­for­mance all-wheel-drive small sedan, which con­cluded with the Lancer Evo­lu­tion X fi­nal edi­tion in 2015, the four-seater five-door e-evo­lu­tion swaps out a tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine for an elec­tric mo­tor pow­er­ing the front wheels and two other mo­tors feed­ing the rear tyres. The rear elec­tric mo­tors form part of a so-called Dual Mo­tor Ac­tive Yaw Con­trol sys­tem de­scribed as an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled torque-vec­tor­ing sys­tem that can in­di­vid­u­ally power one or both back wheels, and which works in con­cert with a Su­per All­wheel Con­trol ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics sys­tem as seen in pre­vi­ous Evo­lu­tion sedans.

An un­der­floor bat­tery pack has also been de­signed to en­sure a low cen­tre of grav­ity.

Mit­subishi Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion says the con­cept uses high-torque, high­per­for­mance elec­tric mo­tors, fed by a high-ca­pac­ity bat­tery sys­tem to de­liver the smooth and pow­er­fully re­spon­sive per­for­mance that dis­tin­guishes EVS from in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine pow­ered ve­hi­cles.

“With the triple mo­tor 4WD sys­tem, cor­ner­ing per­for­mance and trac­tion per­for­mance are im­proved,” the com­pany said.

“Whether driv­ing around town, on ex­press­ways or wind­ing roads, the fully elec­tric ve­hi­cle al­ways pro­vides crisp and nim­ble han­dling that faith­fully mir­rors the driver in­tent.”

Ap­pear­ing sim­i­lar in size and stance to the Mit­subishi ex con­cept shown in 2015, the e-evo­lu­tion has a coupestyle rear roofline and B-pil­lar-less side de­sign with sui­cide rear doors open­ing to a fu­tur­is­tic cabin. A more ag­gres­sive ver­sion of the car-maker’s ‘dy­namic shield’ front grille has been em­ployed, with float­ing hexag­o­nal in­serts be­hind clear glass flanked on each side by nine rec­tan­gles that form part of the LED head­light treat­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the car-maker, the raised rear tail­gate nes­tled be­tween the Y-shaped tail-lights gives a nod to the spare tyre cover of the Mit­subishi Pa­jero.

In­side, de­sign­ers had the free­dom to go be­yond the tra­di­tional fire­wall thanks to the ab­sence of an ICE.

A sweep­ing widescreen dom­i­nates the dash­board ahead of a smaller tri-screen driver dis­play, which on the con­cept shows a mon­i­tor for the driver’s well­be­ing.

A half-sized steer­ing wheel pro­vides a greater view of the driver dis­play, while the raised cen­tre con­sole in­cor­po­rates an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion lever, off-road mode dial and a small touch­screen flanked by cli­mate con­trols.

In ad­di­tion to its per­for­mance push, Mit­subishi Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion said the e-evo­lu­tion con­cept would push the tech­no­log­i­cal en­ve­lope with a tightly in­te­grated sys­tem of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, con­nec­tiv­ity, on-board and cloud com­put­ing.

EVO­LU­TION­ARY TALE: Lancer Evo fans might be left dis­ap­pointed but Mit­subishi is at least still point­ing to its per­for­mance-car her­itage – and its fu­ture pri­or­i­ties – with the sport­ing all-elec­tric e-evo­lu­tion SUV con­cept.

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