Mitsubishi puts spotlight on SUVs, electric power at 44th Tokyo Motor Show

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D1---Mitsu-TMS20151020Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil the Mitsubishi eX1 Concept, a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept car, with a next-generation electric vehicle (EV) system at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015.

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The concept car showcases MMC’s next-generation EV technologies, a new take on the Dynamic Shield front design concept and a vast range of other technologies for superior driving pleasure in a compact crossover package. MMC’s display reflects the main theme of “Driving Beyond” – another step forward with SUVs and electric power.

The Mitsubishi eX Concept is a vision for a unique all-electric powered compact SUV aimed at the fast growing compact SUV market. It uses MMC’s state-of-the art EV and all-wheel control technologies combined with automated driving, connected car and active safety systems.

Both exterior and interior design indicate the direction MMC Design is taking. Overall, it evokes the image of a sporty crossover zipping nimbly around town as it merges the elegance and stylishness of a “shooting brake” (a luxury and sporty estate wagon) with compact SUV lines. The front end is a new interpretation of the Dynamic Shield front design concept.

State-Of-The-Art Plug-In Hybrid Technology and Versatility
The Outlander PHEV area includes a model Outlander PHEV chassis that demonstrates the technical features of Plug-in Hybrid EV and Twin Motor four-wheel driver systems in an easily understandable way. In addition, there is a georama of a virtual community using V2X3 systems that supply electric power from the Outlander PHEV’s drive battery for a myriad of uses, visualizing the versatility and possibilities of electric-powered vehicles.

50 Years of Electric Vehicles
The path to the Mitsubishi eX Concept will be told through a panel display telling the story of 50 years of MMC’s research and development in the field of EV development. Real life examples that support the display will include a Baja Portalegre 500 Outlander PHEV cross-country rally car along with a custom-wrapped i-MiEV commemorating those 50 years.

Joining these will be a number of models featuring other eco-technologies such as models powered by clean diesel engines, mini cars and other eco-friendly vehicles on public days.

In addition, the Smart Mobility City 2015 (SMC) will display an Outlander PHEV that is used to explain the value of an EV when stationary. The Outlander PHEV is linked to a V2H6 system to reproduce the flow of energy in a day in the life of a home that uses an EV/PHEV.

SMC 2015 will also play host to the Automated Driving Demonstration7 where a test car currently being developed jointly with MMC and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will be exhibited. This test car will allow visitors to experience a ride in a driverless vehicle. The test ride program allows visitors to experience the functions these cars are equipped with. These include driverless traffic jam navigation by keeping space with slow moving vehicles in congested traffic using ultrasonic sensors to detect the vehicle ahead as well as automated remote parking in a row of parked vehicles using ultrasonic sensors to detect the amount of parking space and obstacles.

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