Mitsubishi eX is an All-Electric Crossover Concept for Tokyo Motor Show
New Technologies, “Dynamic Shield” Styling on Offer as Well
Although it may not appear so at first blush, Mitsubishi has been a pioneer in vehicle electrification for 50 years now. Its i-MiEV electric vehicle beat the Nissan Leaf to market by a year, and it’s one of the most efficient vehicles in MPGe that the Environmental Protection Agency has ever tested. Keen to expand its electrified vehicles beyond the city-car i-MiEV and Outlander plug-in hybrid (which isn’t available in the U.S.), Mitsubishi will bring the eX concept to the Tokyo Motor Show.
The eX features yet another iteration of the company's Dynamic Shield styling, with a bold grille that was inspired by the styling of Australian roo bars. The SUV is hunkered low over its wheel arches, and it's the right size to be a preview of the next-generation Outlander Sport, although Mitsubishi hasn't said as much. It looks very much like a three-diamond version of the Range Rover Evoque, and its styling would be a stunning addition to the company's current production stable (particularly in the U.S.).
The company claims that the eX has a range of 400 km, or 248 miles, which would make it competitive with the only all-electric SUV on the market now, the Tesla Model X. However, unlike the Tesla, the eX gets its motive force from a 45 kilowatt-hour battery (down from either 70 or 90 in the Model X), meaning the Mitsu’s battery pack is smaller and lighter.
Powered by a 70-kilowatt motor on each axle (for a total combined system output of about 188 horses), the eX uses an electrified version of Mitsu’s S-AWC all-wheel drive. As on the Model X, the battery sends power to whichever axle can use it, and a torque-transfer mechanism acts as a limited-slip “differential” to keep both rear wheels turning in sync, even when one has less traction.
In addition to the sophisticated electric drive system, the eX also features tons of high-tech interior features. An augmented-reality interface keeps road hazards firmly in the driver’s attention span, while projecting navigation guidance, vehicle-to-vehicle alerts, and road sign information onto the screen. The feature also made an appearance on the GC-PHEV concept. As you might expect of a concept vehicle from 2015, the eX also gets a suite of driver’s assistance technologies and semi-autonomous driving systems. It’s also a cloud car, meaning it can sync your photos, preferences, and friend list from your various online profiles, giving you the automotive equivalent of Yelp reviews and Foursquare notifications.
Additionally, V2X (vehicle to object) technology allows the eX to become a source of power for a family home in case of a grid electrical failure. The eX would power the domestic appliances in an average home for about four days before becoming discharged. The system also allows users to run small appliances or utilities when enjoying outdoor pursuits.
Its first appearance will be on October 29, when the show opens to the press.
Source: Mitsubishi Motors