Mitsubishi Concepts
 

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Compact SUV

 

The Eclipse Cross is a fusion of sharp coupe looks and dynamic SUV mobility with signature Mitsubishi styling and performance. Other distinguishing features are its design that motivates the driver to get out and go, connectivity that inspires new fun adventures, and all-wheel control technology which delivers an enjoyable, reassuring feel that elevates the driving experience.

 

 

 

1. Characteristic Dynamic Design

 

The distinctly sharp and dynamic Mitsubishi SUV coupe form is distinguished by these elements: wedge profile with distinctive beltline and strong character line; a forward raked rear window; the sharply cut off rear gate and short overhang; and beefy fenders projecting the image of a powerful athlete. MMC's Dynamic Shield front design concept refers to the protective shield shape visually formed by the black central area represented by a black radiator grille that symbolizes the performance of the car. The black area is embraced from three directions – from the left, right, and bottom. Dynamic Shield emphasizes the front end's functionalities aimed at protecting both people and the car itself.

 

The "Dynamic and Characteristic" rear design is distinguished by the almost cubist styling created around the high-mounted, stretched rear lamps and by how it horizontally divides the forward-rake rear window into two. When illuminated, the tubular LED brake lights and the central LED hi-mount stop light form a single bar of light running across the tail, giving Eclipse Cross a broad and stable appearance from the rear. A new red body colour joins the palette. The standard coating is layered with semi-transparent red and clear coating, and this creates a high colour saturation and intensity that produces a highly-refined finish. The horizontal dashboard, silver metal frames and black/silver monotone color scheme create a refined interior that is both dynamic and sporty. With its thin display audio and the Head-Up Display, the futuristic cockpit inspires a sense of excitement for the driver in the vehicle. Maximizing luggage space utility without spoiling its stylish coupe-SUV shape, the rear seat uses a 60:40 split with long slide-and-recline adjustment. In addition to providing rear occupants with plenty of legroom, this also allows them to settle on their favorite seating posture and enjoy long trips with ample headroom despite a roof that slopes down toward the rear.

 

 

 

2. Connectivity inspires new fun adventures

 

The Eclipse Cross is fitted with the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, a Touchpad Controller and Head-Up Display which allow the driver to handle and interpret different types of information more easily and safely. Smartphone Link Display Audio supports Apple CarPlay*3, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone*3 in the car. The driver can use Siri*4 or the Smartphone Link Display Audio's touch screen to get directions optimized for traffic conditions, make and receive calls, access text messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road. Smartphone Link Display Audio also supports the Android AutoTM*4 which provides voice controlled operation of Google MapsTM,*4 Google PlayTM*4 music and other apps. The Touchpad Controller can operate audio functions like radio, as well as Apple CarPlay. Placing the Touchpad Controller in the center console allows the driver to operate the Smartphone Link Display Audio easily and without having to change position. The Head-Up Display unit makes driving safer by presenting vehicle speed, data from the active safety systems and other necessary information that minimizes eye movement and provides instant readability.

*3: Apple CarPlay, iPhone, and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the United States and other countries.

*4: Android Auto, Google Maps, and Google Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.

 

 

3. Enjoyable and stable driving with all-wheel control technology

 

Eclipse Cross uses an electronically-controlled 4WD system that feeds the optimum amount of torque to the rear wheels as required by the driving situation and surface conditions. MMC's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system incorporates brake-activated AYC*5. The addition of a 3-point strut tower brace at the front and the strategic use of structural bonding at the rear in particular have increased body rigidity. The tougher body and detail optimization of the suspension offer precise handling and superior vehicle stability.

 

Eclipse Cross offers two powertrains that do full justice to a stylish SUV coupe in delivering the right balance of power and environmental performance. The new 1.5-litre, direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine is mated to a new CVT with 8-speed Sport Mode manual override. The 2.2-litre common rail direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine modified specifically for Eclipse Cross is mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Both powertrain combinations offer the driver brisk driving experience.

*5: Active Yaw Control system manages the torque feed and brake force at individual rear wheels to help the vehicle behave as the driver intends, using information on steering angle, yaw rate, drive torque, brake force and wheel speed to accurately determine driver operation and vehicle behavior.

 

 

 

 
 

Mitsubishi Ground Tourer PHEV

 

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, GT-PHEV Concept has far reaching green credentials. Utilizing three electric motors, it can drive for 120 km in electric mode and over 1,200 km with a full tank on a full battery – and all with CO2 emissions of less than 26 g / km, making it tops among rechargeable hybrid vehicles.

 

 

 
 

Mitsubishi eX Concept

 

The MITSUBISHI eX Concept is a vision for a compact SUV powered by a next- generation EV system. In terms of design, overall it evokes the image of a sports crossover zipping nimbly around town as it 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 the direction MMC Design is taking.

 

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 or approx. 248 miles. Installing the drive battery beneath the body has lowered the center of gravity and together with its Twin Motor 4WD and S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control systems helps it 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 technology, utilizing next-generation information systems, and advanced active safety technology. When it detects danger it quickly and precisely utilizes its safety features and is also equipped with functions which detect malfunctions or abnormalities early and advises the driver to take the vehicle in for repair or servicing.

 

 

 

1) Exterior design

 

・ The MITSUBISHI 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 marrying "shooting brake*6" coupe elegance and stylishness with compact SUV lines. While the luggage compartment provides ample space for outdoor pursuit gear, the MITSUBISHI 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 daytime running lamps 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.

*6: A term for a coupé with flowing styling fused with a hatchback car, the term originates from British hunting-use horse carriages.

 

 

2) Interior design

 

・ The easy-access doors without center pillars provide effortless access to and from the interior.

・ 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.

・ The use of a simple frame structure covered in softshell for the dashboard, instrument cluster and other major elements of the front compartment not only creates a sense of being light in weight visually – but serves to reduce the actual weight of the car.

・ The center console houses two portable batteries which can be used outside of the car to support those who enjoy pursuing active lifestyles.

・ The MITSUBISHI eX Concept employs an augmented reality*7 (AR) windshield, and an Intelligent Display in the center of the dash linked to the driver's smartphone and to AI systems in the Cloud which provides the driver with recommendations based on their interests and tastes. Using connected car technology to link up with information networks, the MITSUBISHI eX Concept creates new ways of enjoying the in-car experience.

・ Among other features making for a more comfortable and effortless driving experience are Side View Monitors located inside and at either end of the instrument cluster, replacing traditional door mirrors, and a Rearview Monitor housed in the overhead console to replace the traditional rearview mirror. Using high-definition cameras these monitors reduce the amount of eye movement the driver has to make.

*7: A live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated graphics or sounds.

 

 

3) Next-generation EV system

 

・ The MITSUBISHI 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, enabling occupants to enjoy the kind of torquey and smooth sense of acceleration unique to the EV.

・ The Twin Motor 4WD system delivers power to the four wheels through the S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system, which uses braking to control front wheel torque delivery and an electronically-controlled mechanical Active Yaw Control component which actively varies torque-split between the rear wheels. With AYC, the system controls torque-split between the rear wheels and helps the driver follow his chosen line more closely as well as realizing higher levels of vehicle stability.

 

 

4) Autonomous driving technologies

 

・ The MITSUBISHI eX Concept is capable of semi-autonomous operation on expressways when data from cameras and sensors is used to analyze the situation surrounding the vehicle and to automatically increase or decrease vehicle speed or to maintain its lane or to change lane.

・ The linkage of connected car and active safety technologies to make for a more reassuring and comfortable driving experience includes its use of autonomous driving technology in the Valet Parking Assistant which links car parking systems at hotels or restaurants with the vehicle's autonomous maneuvering system and allows the vehicle to find its own parking spot, park itself and be retrieved without any driver input.