Mitsubishi's E-Evolution Concept: The Performance EV Nobody Asked For

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
mitsubishis e evolution concept the performance ev nobody asked for

Mitsubishi gets a lot of mileage out of its defunct nameplates, but it remains steadfast in its unwillingness to provide enthusiasts with the car they’ve been asking for.

You remember the Lancer Evolution. It’s the car you saw Tommi Mäkinen use to win four consecutive WRC driver’s titles in the late 1990s. It’s the car you clocked the most hours in with your favorite automotive-themed video game. Maybe it was even a car you owned and used to embarrass vehicles well outside of its price range.

That rally-ready sedan is dead now. However, Mitsubishi is taking the Evolution name and adhering it to a fantastical new prototype. Called the e-Evolution, the automaker is serving up a recipe similar to the Eclipse Cross: Borrow a name from a retired model and slap it on an ultra-modern crossover. The difference here is that the new Eclipse is a real automobile while the e-Evolution is a self-indulgent exhibition of semi-real technologies.

Unveiling new details about the model prior to its Tokyo debut, Mitsubishi said it had absolutely no plans to build it. Instead, the e-Evolution’s technologies will be gradually adopted by production vehicles sometime after 2020.

Although parsing out what those features might be is a tall order. It has a trio of electric motors driving all four wheels. The “high-torque and high-performance electric motors, supplied by a high-capacity battery system” that the automaker promises will deliver smooth and strong acceleration… in theory.

While only a single mill turns the front wheels, the back receive a electric pair coupled by a torque-vectoring active yaw control system. That ought to make the e-Evolution Prototype a dream in the corners, hypothetically speaking.

However, the vehicle’s parting piece is an A.I. system that augments the driver’s capabilities by constantly assessing the road via an array of sensors, then makes applicable tweaks. It’s also capable of understanding the pilot’s intent, giving them god-like abilities behind the wheel. There is even an active coaching display — both visual and auditory — that will help you become a better driver.

Like I said, fantastical. However, while we don’t believe the stylized shell Mitsubishi is bringing to the Tokyo Motor Show has any of the above technologies, it doesn’t mean they aren’t possible to employ in later production models.

Perhaps Mitsubishi will even see fit to deliver another Lancer Evolution someday and bestow it with some of these high-concept features. After all, the Evo was always adept at translating slick new technologies into an uncanny on-road experience.

If that experience has to come by way of an electric crossover, then so be it. We know the company has to worry about its bottom line.

[Images: Mitsubishi]

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  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Oct 07, 2017

    Ridiculous looking vehicle. A poor man's BMW X6. Yawn. And didn't Honda just try a similar weird CUV and fail? Stupid.

  • Ronange Ronange on Oct 08, 2017

    Talk about milking the Evolution name. I have another name for it: Vapor, as in vaporware.

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