Mitsubishi isn’t doing all that great in the U.S., currently offering only five vehicles in its lineup. Though the Outlander is doing well, the Lancer is on its way out, and both the i-MiEV and the Mirage are far from being big sellers in their respective segments. Meanwhile, the Japanese keep building concept cars that promise to revive the Mitsubishi brand. One such concept is the eX, which is scheduled to make its public debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

Featuring a bold design and exterior dimensions that would place it in the same niche as the Nissan Juke, the eX boasts an all-electric drivetrain and semi-autonomous technology, both of which will supposedly find their way into future production cars. Its design language is also said to inspire upcoming models, but there’s no actual schedule as to when that may happen.

Mitsubishi will likely tell us more at the Tokyo Motor Show, but what we do know for a fact is that the eX is a significant improvement over any EV the brand has launched until now. Keep reading to find out why.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mitsubishi eX Concept.

  • 2015 Mitsubishi eX Concept
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    186
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

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Although Mitsubishi describes the eX’s front end as a new interpretation of its Dynamic Shield design, the styling is far from new, as it’s already been showcased on the Concept XR-PHEV II at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Sure, the eX sports a few new elements here and there, and it’s a tad smaller, but the idea is pretty much the same.

Setting the eX apart from the previous concept are slightly thinner headlamps, a new grille, and a revised bumper. But unlike the XR-PHEV II, the lights flanking the grille are actually daytime running lights rather than headlamps. The main headlamps are located in the bumper, a configuration previously seen on the Nissan Juke.

the new crossover sports a pair of more conventional taillights and a mundane tailgate devoid of any fancy features

However, the eX’s headlamp and DLR arrangement is more about safety rather than looks. Mitsubishi says that by placing the daytime running lamps and turn signals as high as possible in the front fascia, they’re more visible to pedestrians. Likewise, the lowered position for the headlamps should prevent the vehicle from blinding oncoming drivers. Of course, these features will make an impact only if they’re applied to production cars, as the eX is more likely to spend its career on auto show floors rather than public streets.

Around back, the eX showcases the same X-shaped fascia seen up front, which is also borrowed from the XR-PHEV II concept. However, the new crossover sports a pair of more conventional taillights and a mundane tailgate devoid of any fancy features. When viewed from the side, the eX looks rugged and sporty at the same time, combining muscular wheel arches and side skirts with a sloping, shooting-brake-like roofline. The traditional side mirrors have been replaced with high-definition cameras.

Mitsubishi says the eX Concept "indicates the direction MMC Design is taking," but it remains to be seen how much of the exterior will make it to production cars.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,240 MM (166.92 Inches)
Width 1,780 MM (70.07 Inches)
Height 1,575 MM (62.00 Inches)

Interior

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On the inside, Mitsubishi opted for a more organic approach with an asymmetrical dashboard design that runs into the door panels. The two-tone color scheme is equally intriguing. While the driver’s side is finished in purple with white accents, the passenger’s side features a white fascia with purple and yellow accents that extends into the upper section of the door panel. The same shade of yellow adorns the purple seats, while the center console is white for even more contrast. The center stack is nearly button-free, and features a large touchscreen and a smaller display above the A/C controls. The center console houses two portable batteries that can be used outside the vehicle.

The center stack is nearly button-free, and features a large touchscreen and a smaller display

The concept also employs augmented reality technology, which displays information on the windscreen acquired by linking with connected car technology. The driver can opt to have route guidance from the navigation system, vehicle-to-vehicle distance alerts, lane departure warnings, or information on traffic signs acquired by the road sign recognition system.

The augmented reality windshield is also fitted with Caution Tracking, which uses vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-road, and vehicle-to-pedestrian technology to display information on potential hazards outside the driver’s field of view, such as vehicles or pedestrians approaching an intersection.

Drivetrain

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Unlike recent concepts from Mitsubishi, which used hybrid drivetrains, the eX features an all-electric powertrain.

For this crossover, the Japanese developed a new EV system consisting of a high-capacity, high-performance battery, and a pair of compact, lightweight motors. The 45-kWh battery motivate two 93-horsepower motors. One spins the front axle, while the other propels the rear wheels. The eX also makes use of the brand’s advanced S-AWC AWD system, but Mitsubishi has yet to release details on how the entire drivetrain works.

the eX will provide a driving range of 249 miles (400 km) on a single charge

What I do know is that the eX will provide a driving range of 249 miles (400 km) on a single charge. That’s a significant improvement over the i-MiEV’s 98-mile range.

Mitsubishi will also use the concept to demonstrate its latest semi-autonomous driving technology, which combines "connected car technology, next-generation information systems, and advanced active safety technology."

More info should become available when the vehicle makes its public debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Drivetrain Specifications

Cruising range (JC08; km) 400 (248 miles)
Max output F/R (kW) 70 / 70 (93/93 HP)
Total battery capacity (kWh) 45
Drive battery Lithium-ion cells
Drivetrain Twin Motor 4WD

Conclusion

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The trouble with Mitsubishi these days is that it builds more concepts than actual production cars. What’s more, very few of its show cars have inspired mass-produced vehicles. That’s not a problem if your name is Toyota and you sell millions of cars per year, but it’s definitely an issue when you’re significantly smaller and struggling to maintain a five-model lineup in the U.S. (soon to be four with the Lancer on its way out). Hopefully, the eX will spawn a production vehicle and won’t remain one of those cool concepts that never got to see the inside of an assembly line.

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    • Not exactly a beauty
    • Production car likely to lose many of the concept’s cool features

Press Release

The MITSUBISHI eX Concept is a vision for a compact SUV powered by a next- generation EV system. In terms of design, overall it evokes the image of a sports 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 expresses a new interpretation of MMC’s Dynamic Shield front design concept. In both its exterior and interior, the MITSUBISHI eX Concept indicates the direction MMC Design is taking.

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The next-generation EV system employs a high-capacity and high-performance battery together with compact high-output electric motors making it lighter and more efficient. With further weight reductions in the vehicle itself, it can provide a cruising range of 400 km.

Installing the drive battery beneath the body has lowered the center of gravity and together with its Twin Motor 4WD and S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control systems helps it provide handling control which faithfully reflects driver inputs as well as outstanding vehicle stability. The MITSUBISHI eX Concept is a next-generation SUV a step ahead of EVs to date.

Other features include the application of automated driving technology which combines connected car technology, utilizing next-generation information systems, and advanced active safety technology. When it detects danger it quickly and precisely utilizes its safety features and is also equipped with functions which detect malfunctions or abnormalities early and advises the driver to take the vehicle in for repair or servicing.

Unleashing Pulsating Performance
Spearheaded by Dynamic Shield Strength

The MITSUBISHI eX Concept’s active, pulsating design uses a very dense, solid form that gives it a strong presence, looking as if it has been carved from a single block, as well as marrying the elegance and stylishness of a “shooting brake” car with the lines of a compact SUV. While luggage compartment provides ample space for outdoor pursuit gear, the MITSUBISHI eX Concept establishes styling which evokes an image of a sports crossover zipping nimbly around town.

The front is a new interpretation of the MMC Dynamic Shield design concept. For the MITSUBISHI eX Concept, the design takes a slightly more functional direction. In addition to the visual expression of the "shield" shape to protect people and the car alike, its daytime running lamps and the turning signal in the top make them more visible to pedestrians while the headlights are located under the ends of the bumper to prevent blinding oncoming vehicles and pedestrians. Another element that serves to enhance a feeling of reassurance is the use of rubber coating on the underside and the sides of the fascia where contact is possible with people or obstacles.
Comfortable Livability. Advanced Systems Invite You to New Worlds.

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The easy-access doors without center pillars lead occupants into a pleasing interior space. To also express what defines a “shooting brake” car inside the MITSUBISHI eX Concept, the driver and passenger seats use different colors to give each side a different ambience, making for an interior space which is both sporty but also bright refined and spacious overall.

The use of a framed structure covered with soft-touch material for the dashboard and other major elements of the front compartment not only creates a sense of being light in weight visually – the car’s structure actually reduces its weight.

The center console houses two portable batteries which can be used outside of the car to support the active lifestyles.

The MITSUBISHI eX Concept also employs an augmented reality*1(AR) windshield in the front windshield as well as the Intelligent Display giving various driving information which is located in the center of instrument housing. Linking to an information network using connected car technology, the MITSUBISHI eX Concept brings new ways of enjoying the in-car experience as well as offering other possibilities.

*1: A live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated graphics or sounds.
AR Windshield Minimizes Driver Eye Movement

Employing augmented reality technology, information acquired through linking with connected car technology is displayed on the AR windshield. Displaying such information within their forward field of view allows drivers to view changes in road conditions without having to make major movements of their line of sight. The kind of information that can be displayed includes: Route guidance from the car navigation system; Vehicle-to-vehicle distance alerts; Lane departure warnings; and information on fixed or movable traffic signs acquired by the camera-based road sign recognition system.

In addition, the AR windshield is fitted with the Caution Tracking which employs driver assistance technology using vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-road and vehicle-to-pedestrian communications to display guidance and warnings on information outside the driver’s field of view, such as vehicles or pedestrians approaching intersections but hidden from the driver. Urging the driver to make split-second decisions and vehicle operations, the AR windshield supports safer driving.
Intelligent Display

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Located in the upper part of the instrument housing, the Intelligent Display provides a portal to a whole range of driving information. Linked to the navigation app on a smartphone, it can display route guidance. Search information through a smartphone or PC is shared with AI via the Cloud and the car will display the driver’s requested internet search information via the Cloud. The AI function of the Intelligent Display will make recommendations based on understanding of the driver’s interests and hobbies.
Side View Monitors

Side View Monitors are located on either side of the main instrument housing. Replacing traditional door mirrors, they use high-definition cameras fitted to the car body to display the rearward field of view and so reduce the amount of eye movement the driver has to make.
Rear View Monitor

Replacing a rear view mirror, a rear view monitor mounted in the overhead console uses a high-definition camera fitted to the rear of the car to display the view behind the car. It provides a wider and clearer image of the view behind the car than a conventional rearview mirror.

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