MITSUBISHI eX*1 Concept
The MITSUBISHI eX Concept is a vision for a compact SUV powered by a next-generation EV system which delivers superior environmental performance, torquey and smooth acceleration, and whisper-quiet performance. It is driven through the Twin Motor 4WD and S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control systems to give it precise handling and superior vehicle stability. In collaboration with its advanced connected car and active safety technologies it provides semi-autonomous driving capabilities on expressways as well as autonomous parking car-maneuvering capability.
- The MITSUBISHI eX Concept's active, pulsating design uses a dense, solid form that looks as if it has been carved from a single block, as well as marrying "shooting brake*2" coupe elegance and stylishness with compact SUV lines. While the luggage compartment provides ample space for outdoor pursuit gear, the MITSUBISHI eX Concept establishes styling which evokes an image of a sports crossover zipping nimbly around town.
- The front fascia takes the MMC Dynamic Shield design concept a step forward in a more functional direction. In addition to its visualization of the "shield" shape designed to protect people and car alike, the daytime running lamps and turn signals are positioned on top of the fenders to make them more visible to pedestrians while the headlights are located under the ends of the bumper to prevent blinding oncoming vehicles and pedestrians.
- Another element that gives visual expression to safety and enhances the sense of assurance is the use of rubber coating on the underside and the ends of the bumper where contact is possible with people or obstacles.
*1electric X (cross)-over. *2A term for a coupé with flowing styling fused with a hatchback car, the term originates from British hunting-use horse carriages.
- The easy-access doors without center pillars provide effortless access to and from the interior.
- The use of different coloring for the dash and door trim for the driver and passenger sides of the cockpit creates a new-look ambience and makes for an interior space which is both sporty but also bright, refined and spacious overall.
- The use of a simple frame structure covered in softshell for the dashboard, instrument cluster and other major elements of the front compartment not only creates a sense of being light in weight visually - but serves to reduce the actual weight of the car.
- The center console houses two portable batteries which can be used outside of the car to support those who enjoy pursuing active lifestyles.
- The MITSUBISHI eX Concept employs an augmented reality*3 (AR) windshield, and an Intelligent Display in the center of the dash linked to the driver's smartphone and to AI systems in the Cloud which provides the driver with recommendations based on their interests and tastes. Using connected car technology to link up with information networks, the MITSUBISHI eX Concept creates new ways of enjoying the in-car experience.
- Among other features making for a more comfortable and effortless driving experience are Side View Monitors located inside and at either end of the instrument cluster, replacing traditional door mirrors, and a Rearview Monitor housed in the overhead console to replace the traditional rearview mirror. Using high-definition cameras these monitors reduce the amount of eye movement the driver has to make.
*3A live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated graphics or sounds.
Next-generation EV system
- The MITSUBISHI eX Concept's next-generation EV system combines a second-generation high-capacity, high-performance battery with compact high-output electric motors front and rear. This configuration not only makes the EV system lighter and more efficient but with further weight reductions to the vehicle itself results in a cruising range of 400 km. The 70 kW motors driving the front and rear axles deliver a total of 140 kW, enabling occupants to enjoy the kind of torquey and smooth sense of acceleration unique to the EV.
- The Twin Motor 4WD system delivers power to the four wheels through the S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system, which uses braking to control front wheel torque delivery and an electronically-controlled mechanical Active Yaw Control component which actively varies torque-split between the rear wheels. With AYC, the system controls torque-split between the rear wheels and helps the driver follow his chosen line more closely as well as realizing higher levels of vehicle stability.
Autonomous driving technologies
- The MITSUBISHI eX Concept is capable of semi-autonomous operation on expressways when data from cameras and sensors is used to analyze the situation surrounding the vehicle and to automatically increase or decrease vehicle speed or to maintain its lane or to change lane.
- The linkage of connected car and active safety technologies to make for a more reassuring and comfortable driving experience includes its use of autonomous driving technology in the Valet Parking Assistant which links car parking systems at hotels or restaurants with the vehicle's autonomous maneuvering system and allows the vehicle to find its own parking spot, park itself and be retrieved without any driver input.
MITSUBISHI eX Concept specifications
|L x W x H (mm)||4240 x 1780 x 1575|
|Cruising range (JC08; km)||400|
|Max output F/R (kW)||70 / 70|
|Total battery capacity (kWh)||45|
|Drive battery||Lithium-ion cells|
|Drivetrain||Twin Motor 4WD|
- Giving expression to the toughness of these models, the two versions of the GEOSEEK Concept uses a solid tone pearl grey body finish while the parts which serve to symbolize the functional nature of an SUV (fog lamp bezels, fender lips, alloy wheel rims, side garnish, tailgate spoiler, rear bumper) as well as the eye-catching door mirrors are accented in a vibrant orange.
- To enhance their active look, the front fascia sports a mesh inner grill and a skid plate below the bumper while both are fitted with a roof basket for carrying bicycles or camping gear.
- The L200 version has working lights and hand holds fitted to the roof rails while the ASX version uses LED fog lamps to bring out the individual personalities of the two models.
- The mostly black trim uses the same vibrant orange accenting as the exterior in strategic areas to present a casual and sporty image akin to outdoor sporting accessories.
- The seats utilize highly functional covering materials. that can also aid in temperature control on the sides. The center panels utilize a high-quality suede-like fabric with distinctive embossing.