MITSUBISHI has unveiled the eX Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, debuting what it sees as its vision for a compact SUV powered by a next-generation electrical vehicle (EV) system, which could pit it against the Tesla Model X – if the eX were to go into production.
In terms of design, it evokes the image of a city-friendly sports crossover and merges the elegance and stylishness of a “shooting brake” (a term for a coupé with flowing styling fused with a hatchback car, the term originates from British hunting-use horse carriages) with compact SUV lines.
The front end expresses a new interpretation of MMC’s Dynamic Shield front design concept. In both its exterior and interior, the Mitsubishi eX Concept indicates future direction of MMC Design.
The next-generation EV system employs a high-capacity and high-performance battery together with compact high-output electric motors making it lighter and more efficient. With further weight reductions in the vehicle itself, it can provide a cruising range of 400 km.
Installing the drive battery beneath the body has lowered the centre of gravity and together with its Twin Motor 4WD and S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system, helps provide handling control which faithfully reflects driver inputs as well as outstanding vehicle stability. The Mitsubishi eX Concept is a next-generation SUV a step ahead of EVs to date.
Other features include the application of automated driving technology which combines connected car systems, utilising next-generation information services and advanced active safety technology.
Mitsubishi’s eX Concept is also designed to quickly and precisely utilise its safety features to detect malfunctions or abnormalities early and advises the driver to take the vehicle in for repair or servicing.