Mitsubishi has provided further details on the e-Evolution concept ahead of its official unveil at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
A departure from the petrol-powered performance oriented bloodline that ran through the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the e-Evolution is an all-electric powered SUV with artificial intelligence and advanced safety at the forefront.
The driveline consists of three high-torque electric motors; one upfront and two in the rear. The two rear motors provide an electric equivalent to Mitsubishi’s Active Yaw Control (first introduced in the Lancer Evolution IV), which alternates power according to individual wheel slip. The end result is better grip and increased cornering speed.
Mitsubishi claims the concept represents the direction its vehicles will take in the near future and epitomises the Japanese brand’s expertise in all-wheel drive systems. It also previews Mitsubishi’s AI and driverless vehicle technology.
But rather than jump headfirst into a completely autonomous vehicle, Mitsubishi wants to create a shared driving experience between driver and computer. By reading and predicting the driver’s input in conjunction with road and traffic sensors, the car provides tailored changes to the safety control system.
Combining the sensory input and AI, the e-Evolution also features an advanced driver training program based on what skill level it thinks the driver is. Feedback and advice will be provided to the driver using voice dialogue and a large in-car display.
No further technical details such as infotainment technology, power output or performance figures have been revealed, and the only images teased so far show a low-slung SUV with short overhangs.
Joining the Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept on display in Tokyo will be 12 other models, including the new Eclipse Cross SUV and Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle).