By Steve & Tamami Laser
We’re about a month away from the press days at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show and automakers are starting to reveal their plans. First up is Mitsubishi Motors with the announcement today of the new e-Evolution concept. While the clever name brings to mind the departed Lancer Evolution, this new concept doesn’t appear to be a replacement for the sport sedan.
All we have to go with at the moment is a single mysterious illustration (above). According to the accompanying press release, the automaker says, “The 45th Tokyo Motor Show will be like no other before for Mitsubishi Motors ‒ a true milestone event where the corporation will wave the flag under new circumstances to usher a new era of long-term growth and sustainable development, returning to where it belongs to better embrace the future.”
A “beacon for this renewed ambition” will be the world premiere of an all-new flagship concept car, the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept. The concept is dubbed a “very high performance automobile that will blend Mitsubishi Motors’ signature 4WD and electric powertrain know-how with advanced Artificial Intelligence technology under a low slung aerodynamic SUV Coupe shape.”
Meanwhile, earlier this month, the Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors Alliance 2022 was announced by Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Alliance. Plans include the member companies to increase their use of common platforms, a major expansion in shared electric vehicle technologies, and 12 new pure electric vehicles to be launched by 2022.
Is the e-Evolution a pure concept, or does it preview an upcoming production vehicle? Check back for more news as CarNichiWa.com covers the press days at the Tokyo Motor Show on Oct. 25 and 26. General public days are scheduled for Oct. 28 to Nov. 5, at Tokyo Big Sight.
Flashback to the Mitsubishi Motors Display at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
The Tokyo Motor Show is a biennial event (held every other year). CarNichiWa.com was on-site covering the press days in Oct. 2015, including the Mitsubishi Motors display and the automaker’s then-new eX Concept.
We took a walk through the Mitsubishi display at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in our above video highlighting the eX Concept and production vehicles on display. (video © CarNichiWa.com)
The automaker said that its (2015) eX Concept was a vision for a compact SUV powered by a next-generation EV system. The design was said to “evoke the image of a sports crossover zipping nimbly around town as it merges the elegance and stylishness of a ‘shooting brake’ (wagon) with compact SUV lines.”
A next-generation EV system in the eX Concept employed a high-capacity and high-performance battery together with compact high-output electric motors. And with Augmented Reality technology, information acquired through linking with connected car technology could be displayed on the concept’s windshield.
The path to the eX Concept was told through a display that highlighted the 50-year story of Mitsubishi’s research and development in electric vehicle development.
News source and illustration from Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
Video copyright © 2015 CarNichiWa.com
Story © 2017 CarNichiWa.com