Mitsubishi eX compact SUV concept to be seen at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 15, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation plans to unveil during the 2015 44th Tokyo Motor Show its newest concept car. The MITSUBISHI eX is a compact SUV that displays the automaker’s latest technology in electric vehicles.

This system has a new design concept for its Dynamic Shield and includes a wide range of additional technologies that offer exceptional driving pleasure from a compact crossover package. The brand’s booth for the show will not only feature the concept car but will also exhibit its main theme which is Driving Beyond – Another Step Forward With SUVs and Electric Power.

The main idea for this concept car is to have a compact SUV that is completely powered with electricity. It is targeted to be a successful model that will permit the brand to enter this fast-growing market. Its many technologies include the all-wheel control and innovative electric-powered technologies.

These are then combined with other technologies like the active safety, automated driving, and connected car technology. From looking at its exterior and interior, it becomes apparent what course Mitsubishi Design is headed.

Generally, the concept car induces the image of a very sporty crossover that drives around the town as it combines both elegance and the style of a “shooting brake” with its compact SUV lines. The “shooting brake” refers to a coupé whose flowing style has been combined with that of a hatchback.

This particular term actually originated from the horse carriages that the British used for hunting. As mentioned earlier, the Dynamic Shield at the front end has had its design reinterpreted. Meanwhile, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV has a chassis that shows not just the technical features of the Twin Motor 4WD system but those of the Plug-in Hybrid EV as well.

There is also a virtual community diorama that uses the V2X system in the brand’s booth. This is the same system that supplies the PHEV’s drive battery with electric power. The effect is that it manages to visualize just how versatile electric-powered vehicles are and what possibilities it can offer.

Mitsubishi has been undergoing research and development in the area of electric vehicles for 50 years. This has led to the creation of this concept car whose story will be told with a panel display. There will also be real-life examples that are expected to support the display.

These include a cross-country 500 Outlander PHEV Baja Portalegre rally car that has been custom-wrapped with i-MiEV in order to celebrate those 50 years. Beside this display of the MITSUBISHI eX are other models that carry eco-technologies like those powered with Clean Diesel engines as well as minicars.

We’re also expecting to see the 2015 Smart Mobility City, which features the Outlander PHEV, to better explain the great value of an electric vehicle even when it is stationary. A V2H system is linked to the Outlander PHEV in order to reproduce the energy flow typical in the life of a family that uses an EV/PHEV.

The SMC 2015 will also hosting the Automated Driving Demonstration. It will also exhibit the Outlander PHEV test car that has been developed by MMC in partnership with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. The brand hopes that the test car will give visitors the experience of riding a driverless vehicle.

Not only that, it will also allow the visitors to get a feel of its different functions. One such function is the traffic jam navigation which allows the car to maintain its space while in congested traffic that keeps it apart from other slow moving vehicles.

This is made possible by ultrasonic sensors that are able to detect if there are any vehicles in front of it. This is the same sensor that helps with the automated remote parking which is helpful when parking in a row of already parked vehicles.

Press Release

Mitsubishi Motors Lineup at 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will debut the MITSUBISHI eX *1 Conceptcompact SUV concept car with a next-generation EV system at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015*2. The concept car is a showcase of MMC’s next-generation electric vehicle (EV) technologies, a new take on the Dynamic Shield front design concept, as well as a vast range of other technologies for superior driving pleasure in a compact crossover package. The entire booth, featuring the MITSUBISHI eX Concept reflects the main theme of Driving Beyond – Another Step Forward With SUVs and Electric Power.

Elegance + SUV + 100% Electric

The MITSUBISHI eX Concept is a vision for a unique 100% electric-powered compact SUV aimed at the fast-growing compact SUV market. It uses MMC’s state-of-the art electric-powered technologies and all-wheel control technologies combined with automated driving technologies, connected car technologies, and active safety technologies.

Both exterior and interior indicate the direction MMC Design is taking. Overall, it evokes the image of a sporty crossover zipping nimbly around town as it 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 is a new interpretation of the Dynamic Shield front design concept.

State-of-the-art Plug-in Hybrid EV Technology and Versatility

The Outlander PHEV area includes a model Outlander PHEV chassis which demonstrates the technical features of Plug-in Hybrid EV and Twin Motor 4WD systems in an easily understandable manner. In addition there is a diorama of a virtual community using V2X*3 systems which supply electric power from the Outlander PHEV’sdrive battery to the home and others, visualizing the versatility and possibilities of electric-powered vehicles.

MMC’s 50 Years of Electric Vehicles

The path to the MITSUBISHI eX Concept will be told through a panel display telling the story of 50 years of MMC’s research and development in the field of electric vehicles EV development.
Real-life examples that support the display will include a Baja Portalegre 500 Outlander PHEV cross-country rally car*4 along with a custom-wrapped i-MiEV commemorating those 50 years.

Joining these will be a number of models featuring other eco-technologies such as models powered by Clean Diesel engines, minicars, and other eco-friendly vehicles on public days.

In addition at the Smart Mobility City 2015 (SMC)*5 an Outlander PHEV is used to explain the Value of an EV When Stationary. The Outlander PHEV is linked to a V2H*6 system to reproduce the flow of energy in a day in the life of a home that uses an EV/PHEV.

SMC 2015 will also play host to the Automated Driving*7 Demonstration where an Outlander PHEV test car currently being developed jointly with MMC and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will be exhibited. This test car will allow visitors to experience a ride in a driverless vehicle. The test ride program allows visitors to experience the functions these cars are equipped with. These include driverless traffic jam navigation by keeping space with slow moving vehicles in congested traffic using ultrasonic sensors to detect the vehicle ahead as well as automated remote parking in a row of parked vehicles using ultrasonic sensors to detect the amount of parking space and obstacles.

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