Mitsubishi to reveal electric SUV concept at Tokyo Motor Show

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The biggest single change is that rather than a 2-litre heavily turbocharged engine that meets current World Rally Championship criteria under the hood calling the shots, this auto is a plug-in electric vehicle. For an enhanced driving experience, the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept combines the very best of Mitsubishi Motors' technology with the go-anywhere flexibility of SUVs. Now, the company lifted the veil of secrecy over the appearance of the auto and its capabilities.

Mitsubishi has not mentioned whether this concept is just a design study or could preview a future production model, but there is no denying it would be a big disappointment for us in the evo office if the sacred Evolution moniker was applied to an SUV. A single electric motor will reside up front, while each of the rear wheels will get its own motor.

The system allows the driver to voice-control functions such as climate control, wipers, headlights and more. One of these drives the front wheels while power to the individual rear wheel motors is distributed according to signals from a torque-vectoring active yaw control unit. With this auto shows excellent handling in the city, on the highway or on a winding road. Augmenting the driver's capabilities, the AI system will deploy an array of sensors allowing it to instantly read changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver's intent.

Applied artificial intelligence system is the "brain" of the concept. Optimally adapting the capabilities of the auto to the driving style, the system adapts to any motorist, regardless of their skills.

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Interestingly, the developers have even provided a special learning mode. Based on driver skill, the system creates a training program with advice for a driver that comes through voice and visually on the dashboard. So much so that it can offer coaching sessions and assistance to improve the driver's skill levels.

Specifications yet, alas, were not disclosed.

No output figures are available, but the automaker claims the system "always provides crisp and nimble handling". In addition, the promised capacious traction battery.