Mit­subishi’s e-con­cept pre­views Juke-ri­valling SUV

Autocar - - TOKYO MOTOR SHOW -

MIT­SUBISHI WILL LAUNCH a new Evo in 2022 or 2023, but it won’t nec­es­sar­ily be based on the Tokyo show con­cept that marked a re­turn for the Evo­lu­tion name.

In­stead, the e-evo­lu­tion con­cept pre­views the body of a B-seg­ment SUV to ri­val the Nis­san Juke that will be on sale around 2019. It also has a three-mo­tor, elec­tric all­wheel-drive pow­er­train (two mo­tors at the rear and one at the front, with a com­bined out­put of about 250bhp) that will make pro­duc­tion in fu­ture Mit­subishi mod­els.

But whether or not the B-seg­ment SUV spawns an Evo­lu­tion vari­ant – and if it will use that elec­tric pow­er­train, a plug-in hy­brid or some­thing else – has yet to be de­cided.

Mit­subishi used the Evo­lu­tion name on the con­cept car to show the world it still had it, and in­tended to use it again.

Be­fore in­tro­duc­ing any new Evo, Mit­subishi will fo­cus on the launch of six new mod­els and five facelifted ones by 2020, as part of a re­cov­ery plan. One of those will be the Juke ri­val.

The Re­nault-nis­san Al­liance took a stake in Mit­subishi a year ago to cre­ate the Re­nault-nis­san-mit­subishi Al­liance. The re­cov­ery plan pre­sented last month out­lined plans to in­crease sales and rev­enues by 30% by fo­cus­ing on global mod­els in core mar­kets that are typ­i­cally SUVS or pick-ups with four­wheel drive and elec­tri­fied driv­e­train op­tions.

E-evo­lu­tion has a triple-mo­tor 4x4 pow­er­train

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