The future of the automobile is electric - and it looks like Mitsubishi holds the plug. So far, full-electric vehicles have been largely limited to tiny compacts or high-priced luxury sedans, but Mitsubishi is ready to turn the tables.
There are two kinds of concepts: those that look like a designer fantasy piece and those that look like they could hit the road tomorrow. The Mitsubishi eX Concept belongs in the second category.
Mitsubishi recently released its eX Concept, an all-wheel drive, all-eyes-on-the-future crossover that boasts two electric motors (rear and front), each capable of producing up to 94 horsepower (for a combined total of 188).
The eX Concept is power by a 45-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery, offering a cruising range of 400 km, and is meant to do more than just save the environment (though it certainly will be doing quite a bit of that); this beauty is ready to take on the environment with its ultimate traction capabilities, made possible through the torque split between the back wheels with adjustable nose braking. Additionally, hyper-sensitive cameras and sensors monitor the terrain ahead to adjust the system as needed.
One advantage of using a battery instead of an engine means that the battery can be placed beneath the body of the car, lowing the center of gravity. This makes the car more responsive in corners and more difficult to roll over, simultaneously improving handling and safety.
The eX Concept will be an all-new beast in the crossover game, though you may spot some design similarities between it and the Mitsubishi Outlander (they are cousins, after all). It features a similar Dynamic Shield front design and that same flowing style and easy sportiness you’ll find in both the Outlander and Outlander Sport.
Unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the eX no doubt dropped quite a few jaws with its robust design and unique contours, as well as all the aforementioned features and technical makeup. But inside is where it really shines with not only automated driving, but its pillar-less design and unique door opening style.
Combined with Mitsubishi’s capable S-AWC system and the latest suite of connected car technologies, the eX Concept hints at a future vehicle we would very much like to see.
Its windshield features augmented reality technology to enhance driver perception - a tool that could be a real game changer.
While it remains to be seen when the eX concept will be produced for mass consumption, Bakersfield Mitsubishi eagerly awaits its arrival. We're dreaming of the chance to get behind the wheel and take it out for a spin!