The "very high performance automobile" will take the shape of a coupe-SUV.
Mitsubishi has kicked off the teaser campaign for a brand new concept it will have on display towards the end of next month at the Tokyo Motor Show. Previewing an all-new flagship for the brand, the e-Evolution has been envisioned as a real performance car with an electric powertrain and four-wheel drive – all wrapped up in the controversial coupe-SUV body style. The implementation of “advanced artificial intelligence technology” likely refers to an autonomous driving system.
The adjacent teaser image is showing a five-door SUV with a generous ground clearance riding on massive alloy wheels, typical for a concept car. The door handles are hidden while cameras come to replace conventional side mirrors to give the body a sleek profile. At the back, the two extensions of the roof-mounted spoiler give the illusion of flying buttresses and there are snazzy LED taillights with graphics that look like a tri-blade boomerang. We can also catch a glimpse of the diffuser with light blue accents also noticeable on the “e-Evolution” logo to further denote the concept has an electric heart.
We can’t help but wonder whether the use of “Evolution” in the concept’s name has anything to do with Mitsu’s announcement from a few months ago that a new Evo model doesn’t necessarily have to be a sedan. The company’s global boss, Trevor Mann, suggested an Evo-badged car could actually be an SUV, so putting two and two together, we could be looking at a preview for an entirely different kind of an Evo model. However, a performance car from Mitsubishi is not expected to come out in the next six years, so we will have to wait until 2023 to see it at the dealerships.
The 45th Tokyo Motor Show will open its doors on October 25th with the first press day, but Mitsubishi could decide to reveal the concept sooner than that on the World Wide Web.
Gallery: Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept teaser
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An AMBITION to EXPLORE
The 45th Tokyo Motor Show* will be like no other before for Mitsubishi Motors – a true milestone event where the corporation will wave the flag under new circumstances to usher a new era of long term growth and sustainable development, returning to where it belongs to better embrace the future.
A beacon for this renewed ambition will be the world premiere of an all-new flagship concept car, the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT.
This very high performance automobile will blend Mitsubishi Motors’ signature 4WD and electric powertrain know-how with advanced Artificial Intelligence technology under a low slung aerodynamic SUV Coupe shape.
*The 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 will be open to the public from October 27th through November 5th with press days on October 25th and 26th, 2017 at Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center. For more information: http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en