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Mitsubishi e-evolves with sporty, all-electric SUV concept

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The Mitsubishi e-Evolution is powered by a three-motor, 4WD electric drive
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The Mitsubishi e-Evolution is powered by a three-motor, 4WD electric drive
The electric drive system includes a dual-motor yaw control system at the rear, part of the Super All-Wheel dynamic control
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The electric drive system includes a dual-motor yaw control system at the rear, part of the Super All-Wheel dynamic control
Mitsubishi reveals the e-Evolution at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
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Mitsubishi reveals the e-Evolution at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
The e-Evolution concept is part of Mitsubishi's new "Drive Your Ambition" brand strategy
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The e-Evolution concept is part of Mitsubishi's new "Drive Your Ambition" brand strategy
The Mitsubishi e-Evolution shows a sporty profile with its high ride, low, stretched cabin and heavily styled flanks
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The Mitsubishi e-Evolution shows a sporty profile with its high ride, low, stretched cabin and heavily styled flanks
B-pillar-free layouts seem to be a bit of a trend in Tokyo, with Nissan also using one on its electric crossover concept
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B-pillar-free layouts seem to be a bit of a trend in Tokyo, with Nissan also using one on its electric crossover concept
Mitsubishi uses traction control, automated driving assistance and a three-motor 4WD powertrain to offer a quick, taut ride in its e-Evolution concept
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Mitsubishi uses traction control, automated driving assistance and a three-motor 4WD powertrain to offer a quick, taut ride in its e-Evolution concept
The floating roof bars at the sides lend to the Mitsubishi e-Evolution's distinctive look
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The floating roof bars at the sides lend to the Mitsubishi e-Evolution's distinctive look
Mitsubishi reveals the e-Evolution at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
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Mitsubishi reveals the e-Evolution at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Mitsubishi reveals the e-Evolution at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
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Mitsubishi reveals the e-Evolution at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
The e-Evolution looks like it could be fun on both track and trail
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The e-Evolution looks like it could be fun on both track and trail
The hexagonal center of the e-Evolution's rear fascia ties in with the Mitsubishi Shogun 4x4
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The hexagonal center of the e-Evolution's rear fascia ties in with the Mitsubishi Shogun 4x4
It's not quite a Lancer Evolution, but the e-Evolution does look like it could be a fun ride
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It's not quite a Lancer Evolution, but the e-Evolution does look like it could be a fun ride
The e-Evolution will appear with the Eclipse Cross in Tokyo
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The e-Evolution will appear with the Eclipse Cross in Tokyo
The e-Evolution features some styling elements influenced by past Mitsubishi concepts, such as the large "Dynamic Shield" face and the floating roof design
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The e-Evolution features some styling elements influenced by past Mitsubishi concepts, such as the large "Dynamic Shield" face and the floating roof design
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The interior features a full-width digital display system, digital instrument cluster and central control station
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The interior features a full-width digital display system, digital instrument cluster and central control station
Inside the Mitsubishi e-Evolution
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Inside the Mitsubishi e-Evolution
The e-Evolution has various sensors behind the glass of its grille
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The e-Evolution has various sensors behind the glass of its grille
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Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi broke some hearts when it turned its once-revered Eclipse into a small SUV. Now it's committing sacrilege once again, turning a different hallowed "E" - the "Evolution" of Lancer Evolution fame - into yet another SUV, and just a year after the last Lancer Evolution was auctioned off. Previewed earlier this month, the e-Evolution concept does at least have some hint of sportiness, along with a lively electric 4WD ride. So it's fun in its own right, even if it's not the "evolution" that Mitsubishi fanboys are looking for.

It looks like we're going to have to get comfortable watching once-sporty Mitsubishi models resurrected as SUVs. Mitsubishi says that the e-Evolution is in line with its greater EV- and SUV-centric strategy. Can a 3000GT-SUV be far behind?

On a positive note, the e-Evolution isn't just another urban grocery-fetcher, it's designed with some fun-loving, precision-handling 4WD flair. The concept is powered by three high-performance electric motors tightly wired to a high-capacity, floor-mounted battery pack. Mitsubishi doesn't indulge the world with details on the number values of any of those components, but it does say that the motors are split up, with a single motor at the front axle and a Dual-Motor Active Yaw Control system at the rear, pairing the two rear motors through an electronically-controlled torque vectoring unit.

Mitsubishi uses traction control, automated driving assistance and a three-motor 4WD powertrain to offer a quick, taut ride in its e-Evolution concept
Mitsubishi uses traction control, automated driving assistance and a three-motor 4WD powertrain to offer a quick, taut ride in its e-Evolution concept

All three motors work within the greater Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system to tighten up cornering and improve traction. The concept relies on high-performance brakes with electric calipers to deliver smooth, strong stopping power.

Mitsubishi doesn't take the e-Evolution concept fully autonomous, as Nissan has done with the all-electric IMx, but it does fit it with an AI system and plenty of sensors. Interestingly, Mitsubishi's focus is less on safety and increased AI control and more on AI-assisted driver control- and confidence-boosting, leveraging technology to ensure a more satisfying ride. The system reads road and traffic conditions, along with the driver's intent, and provides both active assistance and coaching.

"After building a picture of the driver's skill level, the system constructs a training program that provides advice through voice prompts and the large dashboard display," Mitsubishi explains of the coaching system. "As a result, drivers of all abilities quickly experience a vehicle that behaves the way they want it, and soon they find themselves enjoying the driving experience to an even greater degree."

The e-Evolution looks like it could be fun on both track and trail
The e-Evolution looks like it could be fun on both track and trail

Styling-wise, the e-Evolution puts the latest iteration of the big, meaty "Dynamic Shield" face, previously seen on the GT-PHEV and eX Concept, at the bow of a rather interesting body. If there's one thing Mitsubishi hasn't shied away from with its recent concepts, it's experimenting with reconfiguring curves and lines into new body shapes. With the e-Evolution it massages a long, swept-back windscreen out from a short hood. The stretched, rear-pushed cabin is further outlined by a flat roofline up top and a long, angled windscreen out back. The roof spoiler, trunk lip and defined character lines create a very real sense of forward-rushing, wind-flowing "motion while standing still." Large wheels give that stationary motion a sturdy base.

Another distinctive part of the styling is the set of floating, body-color roof bars that sit at the edges of the transparent roof, connecting the glassed-over black-out A-pillars and rear windscreen glass. They create a sort of multi-piece floating roof effect, which also ties into the floating roofs and pillars the aforementioned GT-PHEV and eX.

Mitsubishi e-Evolution
Mitsubishi e-Evolution

The e-Evolution's distinctive rear-end wears thin, pronged taillights, aerodynamic C-pillar tail fins and bumper vents. The prominent central hexagonal panel that holds the Mitsubishi badge in place is inspired by the spare tire holder on the Mitsubishi Shogun, emphasizing the concept's rugged, 4x4 heritage.

The e-Evolution interior serves as a comfy cocoon focused on the shelf-like dashboard supporting the ultra-wide display and left and right auxiliary screens. A floating control island extends off the center console to put a combination of hard dials, touch inputs and shift knob at the driver's fingertips. A small digital instrument panel sits in back of the flat-bottom U-wheel.

Inside the Mitsubishi e-Evolution
Inside the Mitsubishi e-Evolution

The e-Evolution may not be the Evolution concept to make hearts race, but a distinctively styled, ride-focused 4WD sports SUV with high-tech interior definitely won't be the least inspiring concept on display at the Tokyo Motor Show, where the e-Evolution stars alongside the Eclipse Cross at Mitsubishi's booth.

Source: Mitsubishi

2 comments
ljaques
I'd like a closer look at this baby. She looks like a cross between a sports car and a Dakkar Rally car, in E-mode. Pretty cool. Looks like h*ll to see out of, though, with blind spots and glare. Hope they produce it, and I hope you can turn off the controls so you can go out drifting with it. ;)
Daishi
I was just saying how the Nissan IMx looks a bit like the FF91 and the NIO’s EVE. I'd say the e-evolution is fairly similar in design to the Nissan IMx too. It's sharp looking though.