We’ve known about it for a while now, but the Mitsubishi e-VOLUTION Concept has finally been revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show and it looks as stunning as we thought it would.
While the first details were revealed a couple of weeks ago, the motor show has brought to light some of the finer details of the car, and it’s this detail which is quite interesting.
The design has been fully unveiled, rather than the dark, shady images we received previously. But some of the details are pointing both forward and backward. Sounds strange, right? Let us explain.
The hexagonal shape evokes the past, harking back to the spare tire cover of the Mitsubishi Pajero (also known as the Shogun), while the front is a redesigned version of the Dynamic Shield grille, giving a fresh take on Mitsu’s current design language.
Strangely, the grille sits under glass, as do cameras and sensors. Can you imagine this in a fender bender? Shards everywhere. Insurance companies would love it.
We already know that the e-VOLUTION has three electric motors; there’s one at the front and two at the back, with a tricky active yaw control system in addition to torque vectoring. But the brakes use electric calipers instead of the usual hydraulic units. This helps them to activate quicker and to be either progressive or instantaneous.
We’re told that the instrument panel appears to float in front of the driver, with a horizontal axis which splits the focus in two; the vehicle information above the axis and operational details below.
And Mitsubishi is banging on about the artificial intelligence, calling the brain of the system something that “augments the driver’s capabilities”. The sensors on the outside of the car are supplemented by sensors inside, able to read the driver’s intent.
It then coaches you to encourage better driving, using both visual and spoken cues. Again, this is what you hear from just about every concept – pie in the sky stuff that can’t be implemented right now.
What we need is for something to be able to be brought to market almost immediately – then we’ll sit up and take notice.
Other than the active coach, there’s plenty of stuff that could be put straight into production and you can see that the team which put this together have been brainstorming ideas for future vehicles.
If any of these technologies filter down into regular production vehicles we’ll let you know.