Mitsubishi is primed to make a huge change in the upcoming years. The Eclipse is long gone and the Lancer Evolution will bite the dust after the 2015 model year, as the brand moves toward fuel efficiency and even electric powertrains. In support of this movement, Mitsu has introduced a new electric SUV concept dubbed the eX that it’ll show in the metal at the Tokyo Motor Show.
As I stated, this model makes use of an all-electric powertrain, but the automaker didn’t dive too deep into the numbers behind it. One bit of information it revealed is that the battery pack is located under the crossover and delivers a range of 400 km (248.5 miles). The only other info it released is that the powertrain will be a twin-motor system, which means it should be plenty powerful and have all-wheel drive.
In terms of looks, the eX takes on a stunning appearance that is something I am not used to seeing from Mitsubishi. The thin headlights and the grille form a striking “X” on the nose of this crossover, as do the taillights and the black accents on the rear tailgate and bumper. Rounding out this design language are the shooting brake design and the floating roof feature. Sure, the floating roof idea is hijacked from Nissan, but Mitsubishi’s execution of it is better than Nissan’s.
Inside the eX’s cabin, things are surprisingly simple. It features an intelligent display in the center of the dash that shows the navigation system, smartphone controls, and more, the seats are not some crazy, over-the-top concept bits, and the soft-touch materials through the cabin add a little extra class. The only strange additions to the inside of the eX Concept are the two batteries in the center console to “support the active lifestyle.”
Being a concept, there are bound to be some unrealistic features, and on the eX, it’s the side-view monitors that replace the side-view mirrors, and the rearview monitor in place of the rearview mirror. Sure, these could become the norm in the future, but for now, they just aren’t realistic.
We should learn a lot more about the eX Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, which kicks off on October 30th and runs through November 11th. Stay tuned for more details.