As predicted, Mitsubishi outlined a bold new direction in the future of electric vehicle (EV) technology at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show on October 29 with the unveiling of the eX Concept, a compact SUV powered by an ultramodern all-electric drivetrain.
It’s impressive roster of driving technologies include support for autonomous driving functionality, connected car systems and the latest in both active and passive safety features.
These alone go far enough to suggest the car is much more than a spiritual successor to the 2015 Mitsubishi ASX.
Next-Generation EV Technology
Drawing from a high-performance 45kWh lithium-ion battery and lighter electric motors, the eX will have an effective cruising range of 400km and three different drive modes to take advantage of the vehicle’s integrated Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) dynamics control system.
The Auto drive mode will make use of sensory equipment to monitor the road conditions and relay that data back to the S-AWC control for automatic optimization. Alternatively, the Gravel and Snow modes are pre-configured to counteract the environmental conditions they’re named after.
Sleek and Stylish Design Aesthetics
The new iteration from the Japanese car manufacturer goes to great lengths to merge the elegance of a ‘shooting brake’ — a coupé-hatchback hybrid — with the flowing lines of an adaptable inner city vehicle.
More specifically, the concept offered a glimpse at the evolution of the company’s Dynamic Shield design language, which is expected to exert an influence on prospective MMC production models.
At 4240mm long, 1780mm wide and 1575mm tall, the compact electric SUV is unlikely to replace its larger counterpart, the XR-PHEV concept. However, the two models will compete directly for a share of the same market.
The appearance of the eX is ‘more functional’ by comparison and the shield design has been carried through to the interior, where vibrant colours adorn the driver and passenger seats to create a sporty but spacious ambience.
Augmented Reality and Smartphone Control
In a twist, the eX will offer a sophisticated augmented reality windshield-reflected display to rival the best in gesture control technology.
The HUD feeds the driver route navigation guidance, vehicle-to-vehicle distance alerts, lane departure warnings and information on fixed or moveable traffic signs via the on-board, camera-based road sign recognition system.
If that weren’t enough, the Mitsubishi eX electric SUV car concept will feature a central display-screen meant to keep the occupants entertained with an information network and the promise of heightened multi-media experiences.
A smartphone app is intended to accompany the vehicle so buyers can recall their ride from specially designated charge car bays but whether the infrastructure will be in place by launch is an entirely different matter and one that remains difficult to predict.
Overall, the Mitsubishi eX Concept looks like it will live up to the hype, provided it’s this design that comes off the assembly line. Time will tell.