Mitsubishi will get numerous mileage out of its defunct nameplates, but it surely stays steadfast in its unwillingness to supply fans with the automobile they’ve been asking for.
You keep in mind the Lancer Evolution. It’s the automobile you noticed Tommi Mäkinen use to win 4 consecutive WRC driver’s titles within the late 1990s. It’s the automobile you clocked probably the most hours in together with your favourite automotive-themed online game. Perhaps it was even a automobile you owned and used to embarrass autos effectively exterior of its value vary.
That rally-ready sedan is useless now. Nevertheless, Mitsubishi is taking the Evolution title and adhering it to a fantastical new prototype. Referred to as the e-Evolution, the automaker is serving up a recipe much like the Eclipse Cross: Borrow a reputation from a retired mannequin and slap it on an ultra-modern crossover. The distinction right here is that the brand new Eclipse is an actual vehicle whereas the e-Evolution is a self-indulgent exhibition of semi-real applied sciences.
Unveiling new particulars in regards to the mannequin previous to its Tokyo debut, Mitsubishi stated it had completely no plans to construct it. As an alternative, the e-Evolution’s applied sciences might be regularly adopted by manufacturing autos someday after 2020.
Though parsing out what these options is perhaps is a tall order. It has a trio of electrical motors driving all 4 wheels. The “high-torque and high-performance electrical motors, provided by a high-capacity battery system” that the automaker guarantees will ship easy and robust acceleration… in idea.
Whereas solely a single mill turns the entrance wheels, the again obtain a electrical pair coupled by a torque-vectoring lively yaw management system. That should make the e-Evolution Prototype a dream within the corners, hypothetically talking.
Nevertheless, the car’s parting piece is an A.I. system that augments the motive force’s capabilities by continually assessing the street through an array of sensors, then makes relevant tweaks. It’s additionally able to understanding the pilot’s intent, giving them god-like skills behind the wheel. There’s even an lively teaching show — each visible and auditory — that can provide help to turn into a greater driver.
Like I stated, fantastical. Nevertheless, whereas we don’t consider the stylized shell Mitsubishi is bringing to the Tokyo Motor Present has any of the above applied sciences, it doesn’t imply they aren’t potential to make use of in later manufacturing fashions.
Maybe Mitsubishi will even see match to ship one other Lancer Evolution sometime and bestow it with a few of these high-concept options. In any case, the Evo was all the time adept at translating slick new applied sciences into an uncanny on-road expertise.
If that have has to return by the use of an electrical crossover, then so be it. We all know the corporate has to fret about its backside line.