The Mitsubishi eX Concept is a vision for a compact SUV powered by a next-generation EV system.
In terms of design, it evokes the image of a city-friendly sports crossover and merges the elegance and stylishness of a "shooting brake" (a term for a coupé with flowing styling fused with a hatchback car, the term originates from British hunting-use horse carriages) with compact SUV lines.
The front end expresses a new interpretation of MMC’s Dynamic Shield front design concept. In both its exterior and interior, the Mitsubishi eX Concept indicates future direction of MMC Design.
The next-generation EV system employs a high-capacity and high-performance battery together with compact high-output electric motors making it lighter and more efficient.
With further weight reductions in the vehicle itself, it can provide a cruising range of 400 km.
Installing the drive battery beneath the body has lowered the centre of gravity and together with its Twin Motor 4WD and S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system, helps provide handling control which faithfully reflects driver inputs as well as outstanding vehicle stability.
The Mitsubishi eX Concept is a next-generation SUV a step ahead of EVs to date.
Other features include the application of automated driving technology which combines connected car systems, utilising next-generation information services and advanced active safety technology.
Mitsubishi’s eX Concept quickly and precisely utilises its safety features to detect malfunctions or abnormalities early and advises the driver to take the vehicle in for repair or servicing.
The Mitsubishi eX Concept’s active, pulsating design uses a very dense, solid form that gives it a strong presence, looking as if it has been carved from a single block, as well as marrying the elegance and stylishness of a "shooting brake" car with the lines of a compact SUV.
While the luggage compartment provides ample space for outdoor gear, the Mitsubishi eX Concept establishes styling which evokes an image of a sports crossover zipping nimbly around town.
The front is a new interpretation of the MMC Dynamic Shield design concept. For the Mitsubishi eX Concept, the design takes a slightly more functional direction.
In addition to the visual expression of the "shield" shape, to protect people and the car alike, its daytime running lamps and the turning signal in the top are more visible to pedestrians while the headlights are located under the ends of the bumper to prevent blinding oncoming vehicles and pedestrians.
Another element that serves to enhance a feeling of reassurance is the use of rubber coating on the underside and the sides of the fascia where contact is possible with people or obstacles.
The easy-access doors without centre pillars lead occupants into a pleasing interior space.
To also express what defines a "shooting brake" car inside the Mitsubishi eX Concept, the driver and passenger seats use different colours to give each side a different ambience, making for an interior space which is both sporty but also bright refined and spacious overall.
The use of a framed structure covered with soft-touch material for the dashboard and other major elements of the front compartment not only creates a sense of being light in weight visually – the car’s structure actually reduces its weight.
The centre console houses two portable batteries which can be used outside of the car to support the active lifestyles.
The Mitsubishi eX Concept also employs an augmented reality (AR) as well as the Intelligent Display located in the centre of the instrument housing to give information to the driver.
Linking to an information network using connected car technology, the Mitsubishi eX Concept brings new ways of enjoying the in-car experience.
Augmented Reality Windscreen
Employing augmented reality technology, information acquired through connected car system is displayed on the windscreen.
Displaying information within their forward field of vision allows drivers to view changes in road conditions without having to make major movements beyond their line of sight.
The type of information that can be displayed includes:
Route guidance from the car navigation system
Vehicle-to-vehicle distance alerts
Lane departure warnings
Information on fixed or movable traffic signs acquired by the camera-based road sign recognition system
In addition, the AR windscreen is fitted with Caution Tracking which employs driver assistance technology using vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-road and vehicle-to-pedestrian communications to display guidance and warnings on information outside the driver’s field of view, such as vehicles or pedestrians approaching intersections but hidden from the driver.
Urging the driver to make split-second decisions and vehicle operations, the AR windscreen supports safer driving.
Located in the upper part of the instrument housing, the Intelligent Display provides a portal to a whole range of driving information. Linked to the navigation app on a smartphone, it can display route guidance.
Search information through a smartphone or PC is shared with artificial intelligence (AI) via the Cloud and the car will display the driver’s requested internet search information.
The AI function of the Intelligent Display will make recommendations based on understanding of the driver’s interests and hobbies.
Side View Monitors
Side View Monitors are located on either side of the main instrument housing.
Replacing traditional door mirrors, they use high-definition cameras fitted to the car body to display the rearward field of view and so reduce the amount of eye movement the driver has to make.
Rear View Monitor
A rear view monitor mounted in the overhead console uses a high-definition camera fitted to the rear of the car to display the view behind the car, replacing the traditional rear view mirror
It provides a wider and clearer image of the view behind the car than a conventional rear view mirror.
EV System & Twin Motor 4WD/S-AWC
The Mitsubishi eX Concept embodies the culmination of all the technologies MMC has developed to date and uses the next-generation EV system which brings together a longer cruising range as well as superior driving performance.
The system is configured from a next-generation drive battery which greatly improves energy density of previous batteries and the front and rear compact high-output motors.
Together with the reduction in weight and higher efficiency of the new EV system, a non-compromising reduction in the weight of the body has given the Mitsubishi eX Concept a cruising range of 400 km.
This drivetrain delivers the kind of torquey acceleration that can only be enjoyed in an EV as it delivers 70 kW to both front and rear wheels for a total output of 140 kW of power.
The Twin Motor 4WD drivetrain incorporates the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system which uses braking to control the front wheels and a transfer mechanism Active Yaw Control (AYC) that varies torque split between the rear wheels.
With the AYC controlling rear wheel drive split, the Mitsubishi eX Concept delivers handling which accurately reflects driver inputs.
The driver can select between three different drive modes to extract the full performance of the S-AWC system.
AUTO mode uses sensors and cameras which monitor and feedback road surface conditions to the S-AWC control unit so that it automatically selects the optimum drive mode for the surface conditions encountered along the route.
GRAVEL delivers optimum traction and drive on unpaved roads and in heavy rain while SNOW delivers optimum handling on snow-covered or other slippery surfaces.
The Mitsubishi eX Concept can be connected to a Vehicle to Home (V2H) device that allows the energy stored in the drive battery to supply enough electricity battery to power domestic appliances in an average household for four days.
A 1500W 100V AC socket also allows the battery to power appliances.
Mitsubishi Connect’s Connected Car Technology
MMC’s advanced connected car technology integrates vehicles with information networks. By utilising these networks, Mitsubishi Connect offers an even wider variety of services and brings a greater richness to your time in the car.
Artificial intelligence services linked to a Cloud can match information stored from internet searches, movements at home and places you visit with your interests and tastes.
When the artificial intelligence service picks up information related to that in the Cloud while you are driving, it makes recommendations based on such information.
Linked constantly to the Cloud, Mitsubishi Connect can help avoid accidents by combining and utilising information about other vehicles and infrastructure near your car.
It also analyses the car to detect abnormalities or signs of malfunction before they occur, and encourages you to have it repaired or serviced.
Should you be involved in an accident, it automatically transmits sensor information on the damage (the seriousness of the crash, whether airbags have deployed or not, etc.) as well as the location of the crash through a vehicle emergency communication system.
With these features Mitsubishi Connect offers all-round support for more reassuring and comfortable motoring.
In addition linking your car to a smartphone makes it possible to send and receive voice messages, use social network services and even make a reservation at a restaurant.
Using your time inside the car like this makes life so much more convenient.
Advanced Active Safety Technology
Further evolutions in MMC’s advanced active safety technology system support safer and more comfortable driving.
Advanced active safety technology systems include Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM) and the Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS).
The scope of these camera and radar-based systems has been expanded to detect pedestrians and bicycles.
FCM automatically applies the brakes when the camera and radar detect a sudden reduction in the distance with the vehicle in front and helps to avoid a collision or reduce impact damage in the event of a collision.
FCM also warns the driver if the camera and radar spot pedestrians and bicycles ahead at night or other times of poor visibility and the system determine when there is the possibility of a collision.
If necessary it will also automatically apply the brakes to avoid an accident to minimise or avoid injury.
Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS) and Brake Control use a radar to detect obstructions either in front or behind the vehicle and regulates motor power when the driver presses their foot on the accelerator by mistake.
This prevents the vehicle from going forward. It also audibly and visually encourages the driver to take care.
Blind Spot Warning System (BSW) and Lane Change Assist System (LCA)
The Blind Spot Warning system (BSW) uses ultrasound sensors and radar to monitor the areas behind the vehicle most likely to be blind spots.
With both audible and visual alerts the system encourages the driver to take care when it detects a car behind, helping prevent them from failing to observe a vehicle at or approaching either rear corner from behind when changing lanes on an expressway, for example.
The Lane Change Assist system (LCA) works in cooperation with BSW to assist the driver when merging with traffic or when changing lanes.
Should a vehicle be detected approaching one of the rear corners of the car, LCA uses audible and visual alerts to encourage the driver to take care and automatically corrects the steering wheel angle if necessary to prevent contact with another vehicle.
Front & Rear Cross Traffic Alert
When driving either forward or reversing out of a garage that faces the road, this front and rear mounted camera and radar-based system issues a warning when it detects an approaching vehicle.
Road Condition Detection Sensor
As well as detecting irregularities in the road surface, this camera and radar-based system determines changes in the vehicle’s operating environment, such as from bitumen to dirt to sand, and changes in road surface conditions due to the weather. This information is used in the control of the S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system.
The system also shares this road surface information with other cars through a connected car link.
For example, this allows cars to adjust their driving based on information from other cars in front of them about road conditions that have suddenly worsened.
In the event of a natural disaster, the system can store and analyse data detected by a number of vehicles and inform many more cars about which roads are passable and the condition of such roads.
Communications-based Accident Avoidance System
Employing vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-road and vehicle-to-pedestrian communications, this system helps prevent accidents by detecting objects the driver cannot readily see, and alerting the driver.
For example, pedestrians on the other side of the car, pedestrians when you are waiting to turn at an intersection or oncoming cars.
Automated Parking Assist
When parking in a garage or parallel-parking the car, the camera and sensor-based system monitors the amount of space available and the perimeter of the car and then automatically operates the steering wheel and brakes to complete the parking manoeuvre.
The system reduces effort and stress for drivers when parking in tight spaces.
The Driver Monitor system employs an infrared camera in the dashboard and sensors in the steering column and driver’s seat to monitor eye blinking, changes in posture, heart rate and other biological signals as well as vehicle drifting and other abnormalities to determine the driver’s level of alertness, encouraging them to take a rest as necessary.
Any time it detects a loss of concentration or that the driver has taken their eyes off the road ahead, the system immediately issues an alert.
Automated Driving Technology
The Mitsubishi eX Concept pursues a variety of automated (and semi-automated running) driving technologies which are very compatible with EVs.
For example, MMC has developed a satisfying and convenient Automated Valet Parking system taking advantage of the precision control possible with electric motor drive.
Utilising the dependable torque generated by an electric motor EVs delivers driving performance which almost instantaneously responds to situational changes found in autonomous driving on roads solely for vehicular use, or in automated obstacle avoidance systems.
Automated Driving Mode position lamps are switched on to tell other vehicles when the automated driving system has taken over operation of the car.
Automated Valet Parking System and Wireless Battery Charging
Smart Valet Parking refers to system where everything is done automatically by linking the parking area system and vehicle system using connected car technology.
Occupants get out of the vehicle after the driver leaves it at the Smart Valet Parking area.
When they are ready to retrieve their vehicle the driver can press an icon on their smartphone or smartwatch and the vehicle automatically drives itself back to the original Smart Valet Parking area where the driver first left it.
Smart Valet Parking systems provide EV charging bays with wireless charging which uses solar or other renewable energy sources.
EVs that need their battery charged are automatically driven to an available parking spot with a charging bay.
Departure times and other instructions can easily be changed using a smartphone or smartwatch.
Automated Driving (Semi-Automated Running) on Highways and Public Roads
Using information from vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-road communications as well as from cameras and radar mounted to the car, the automated driving system analyses the situation around the perimeter of the vehicle and autonomously varies vehicle speed or changes lane accordingly.
The system also acquires information from the Cloud on traffic conditions at the destination and assists the driver in avoiding accidents, congestion or hazards.
The major technologies employed include:
Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC): When driving on highways or other roads this system uses vehicle-to-vehicle communications to share information on whether other vehicles are accelerating or decelerating to make following a vehicle ahead smoother
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA): Uses cameras to determine the position of lane dividing lines and keep the vehicle between them
Automated Lane Change: This system promotes safer driving by cooperating with LCA and BSW changing lanes when it detects changes in the road situation ahead such as congestion, lane restrictions due to road works, or an object that has fallen off a vehicle ahead.
In addition, an Automated Obstacle Avoidance System uses cameras and radar mounted to the vehicle and communications with vehicles in the vicinity, to detect any obstacles for the car to avoid.
While intricately regulating the distance to other vehicles in the vicinity, whether in congested traffic or travelling at high speed on a highway, this makes for safer driving and avoids unnecessary acceleration and braking.