Following the unveiling of the Concept XR PHEV II and eX Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show respectively, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation continues the development of its ‘Dynamic Shield’ design philosophy with its latest concept to be unveiled at this year’s Paris Motor Show.
The Ground Tourer Concept carries the latest expression of Mitsubishi’s design journey, expressed through four powerful elements: Functional beauty, augmented possibilities, Japanese craftsmanship and solid thrust.
Combining Mitsubishi Motors’ unparalleled off road heritage and cutting edge plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology, the Ground Tourer Concept SUV will offer effortless travel both on and off the beaten track whatever the driving conditions.
In addition, applied to the upper strata of the automotive landscape and associated to the marque’s PHEV technology, the Ground Tourer Concept has the ability for effortless cruising, while accommodating passengers in the hushed comfort and sleek design of its finely crafted interior.
Mitsubishi eX Concept
The Mitsubishi eX Concept, previously showcased at Geneva Motor show, is a vision for a compact SUV powered by a next-generation EV system. It is driven through the Twin Motor 4WD and S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control systems to give it precise handling and superior vehicle stability.
In looks, the eX Concept’s active, pulsating design uses a dense, solid form that looks as if it has been carved from a single block, as well as combining “shooting brake” coupe elegance and stylishness with compact SUV lines. While the luggage compartment provides ample space for outdoor pursuit gear, the eX Concept establishes styling which evokes an image of a sports crossover zipping nimbly around town.
The front fascia takes the MMC Dynamic Shield design concept a step forward in a more functional direction. In addition to its visualization of the “shield” shape designed to protect people and car alike, the DRLs and turn signals are positioned on top of the fenders to make them 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 gives visual expression to safety and enhances the sense of assurance is the use of rubber coating on the underside and the ends of the bumper where contact is possible with people or obstacles.
The easy-access doors without center pillars provide effortless access to and from the interior. Also, the use of different coloring for the dash and door trim for the driver and passenger sides of the cockpit creates a new-look ambience and makes for an interior space which is both sporty but also bright, refined and spacious overall. Further interior highlights of the eX Concept include softshelled dashboard, instrument cluster and other major elements, center console with two portable batteries, an augmented reality (AR) windshield, and an Intelligent Display in the center of the dash. Among other features contributing to a more comfortable and effortless driving experience are Side View Monitors and a Rearview Monitor.
The eX Concept’s next-generation EV system combines a second-generation high-capacity, high-performance battery with compact high-output electric motors front and rear. This configuration not only makes the EV system lighter and more efficient but with further weight reductions to the vehicle itself results in a cruising range of 400 km. The 70 kW motors driving the front and rear axles deliver a total of 140 kW, attributing to a more linear power delivery and acceleration.