Tokyo, October 26, 2017
Mitsubishi’s e-Evolution concept will be showcased to the public at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. The brand new SUV is an all-electric car and is being launched under Mitsubishi Motor Corporation’s (MMC) global tagline and strategy “Drive your ambition”, a strategy that the company states reflects an adventurous and progressive mindset for inspirational design and product.
In a press release the company also states that the new Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept incorporates the strength of SUVs and EVs and the ability to integrate new systems for a connected mobility customer experience. The car is a technical prototype that illustrates the strategic directions of a renewed MMC
The car uses high-torque electric motors, fed by a high-capacity battery system to deliver a smooth and powerfully responsive performance. The drive battery is located under the floor mid-ship of the vehicle, providing a low center of gravity for the utmost driving stability.
The concept car has a unique super all-wheel drive control system featuring a triple motor 4WD system employs a single motor to drive the front wheels, complemented by a new dual motor active yaw (AYC) system that couples two rear motors through an electronically controlled torque-vectoring AYC unit. The brakes of the Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept responsively and precisely control the driving forces with the help of electric calipers that supersede the conventional hydraulic caliper.
An array of sensors allows the inbuilt AI system to instantly read changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s intent. Seamlessly coordinating driver intent with vehicle performance, the system supports drivers of all abilities. A special coaching function allows the AI system to transfer knowledge to the driver, and to unobtrusively 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 dialogue and a large dashboard display. As a result, drivers of all abilities quickly experience a vehicle that behaves the way they want it, enjoying the driving experience to an even greater degree.
Cameras and sensors accentuated by blue lines sit right under the protective glass shield above the grille. Large air intakes located beneath the headlamps cool the electric brake calipers. The Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept is powered by three electric motors, and the absence of a big internal combustion engine under the hood gave designers the space to realise a radically novel cockpit. Its instrument panel appears to float in front of the driver. As an MMC vehicle, and the instrument panel adopts MMC’s trademark horizontal styling, with the focus on information above the axis and on operation below. Acting like a level in an electronic viewfinder, the horizontal instrument panel makes it easier to sense the state of the vehicle during driving – form follows function well down the road.
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 and full-glass windows provide near unobstructed 360-degree visibility.
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