The Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept may not preview an exact production model, but it certainly shows Mitsubishi's future intent to deliver clever, green "Premium" and appealing EVs.
Turning to its side, the blacked-out pillars give off a "floating roof" illusion while the steep raking of the front and rear windshields show off a wind-cheating profile. Various sensors supply the on-Board computer information about changing road and traffic conditions, and the actions of the driver.
The brain of the vehicle is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that augments the driver's capabilities. Coordinating driver intent with vehicle performance, Mitsubishi says the system will provide support to drivers by augmenting their abilities. Defining the level of driving skill, on-Board system generates a special program with the submission of the recommendations by voice or through the display of the instrument panel. But rather than being an AI system created to learn how to autonomously negotiate certain driving situations, it's a system that learns the driver's capabilities and shortcomings as well as the upcoming road conditions and then combines all of the collected data so that the auto can deliver confidence to the driver and occupants.
Aesthetically, the teased images show exactly what Mitsubishi describes on the tin, combining a tall SUV body with a heavily raked rear screen wrapping its way underneath a pillar arrangement to meet up with the thin glasshouse.
With Mitsubishi now part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which is targeting aggressive EV expansion, it is no surprise that the e-Evolution is set to be electric and it will be interesting to see how much technology is shared between the Alliance's other vehicles such as the new Nissan Leaf. It also allows a driver to use functions like climate control, wipers and headlights by voice.
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