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2017 Tokyo Motor Show: Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept revealed

By Cameron Kirby, 25 Oct 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

2017 Tokyo Motor Show Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept revealed

The Evolution moniker has been revived … on an all-electric SUV

FORGET whatever you have come to associated with Mitsubishi’s iconic gravel-slinging ‘Evolution’ rally monsters, because the Evo moniker is back, but on a very different kind of vehicle.

Revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi has brought its iconic nomenclature back to life for the e-Evolution concept.

However, it’s an all-electric crossover concept that previews the Japanese brands future design language, and strategic direction that “incorporates the strengths of SUV, EV, and the ability to integrate new systems for a connected mobility customer experience”.

A trio of Electric motors power the e-Evolution concept, but there is no detail on the size of the battery, power outputs, or performance capabilities.

A single motor sends power to the front wheels, while the rear treads have a motor apiece.

Mitsubishi says the brain of the concept is “an Artificial Intelligence system that augments the driver’s capabilities”.

While most manufacturers are happy to stick to self-driving capabilities, Mitsubishi is claiming the concept will coach you on your driving ability as well as the reading the road ahead.

According to Mitsubishi, “An array of sensors allows the AI system to instantly read changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s intent.

“Seamlessly coordinating driver intent with vehicle performance, the system supports drivers of all abilities. By making it easier and safer to control the vehicle, the motoring experience is brought to a new level.”

“A special coaching function allows the AI system to transfer knowledge to the driver, and to unobtrusively enhance the driving expertise.

“After building a picture of the driver’s skill level, the system constructs a training program that provides advice through voice dialogue and a large dashboard display.

Inside the cabin, a flat screen spans the width of the dash, displaying information on the conditions outside the vehicle, and navigation.

The large central unit is flanked by smaller screens displaying images from frontal and rear cameras. Mitsubishi claims the windows provide a “near unobstructed 360-degree visibility”.

Depending on your standpoint, it’s either a sign of progress or a sad indication of where the global automotive world is headed that a cult-favourite performance icon now has its name plastered onto an autonomous electric crossover concept that will teach you how to drive.

Beam us up, Scotty.