Mitsubishi’s e-concept previews Juke-rivalling SUV
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