Meet the next generation Mitsubishi EVO machine

Mitsubishi’s new e-Evolution concept electric SUV has just been shown at the L.A. Motor Show. Mitsubishi has not provided specs like its range or battery size, but has said that the car will have a large battery mounted under the floor to give it the low center of gravity and instant cornering reflexes that made the EVO sedans famous.

There will be a 3-motor all-wheel drive system that will use a single motor on the front axle and 2-motors attached to an active yaw control torque-split device on the rear axle. All will feed into Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control system developed for its rally-winning race cars.

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The e-Evolution will use artificial intelligence software to grade drivers’ abilities behind the wheel and first adapt to them as well as provide coaching to help drivers enhance their skills. This artificial intelligence compares driver inputs with road conditions and vehicle responses and can brake or add torque to individual wheels to reduce or enhance the car’s cornering rotation, power, or braking to suit the circumstances.

The styling combines Mitsubishi’s current “dynamic shield” face with a futuristic, pillar-less-looking greenhouse, cooling ducts for brakes and motors in high-performance driving, and all the sensors for the artificial intelligence system. The “grille” hides under glass to emphasize the car’s electric power, and the tailgate has a tall, concave center section that Mitsubishi says was inspired by SUVs back when they were actually meant for off-roading.

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