As the world moves into 2018, Mitsubishi has some big plans, and it showed off a few hints about its future at some of the recent auto shows, including the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of October and the Los Angeles Auto Show in early December.
At the Tokyo Motor Show, we got a good look at what Mitsubishi calls the e-Evolution. This electric SUV concept takes on the name of the popular performance car and adds three high-performance electric motors and a high-capacity battery system. Along with its electric powertrain, the e-Evolution uses an artificial intelligence system to help make the driver and vehicle a more connected unit.
As part of Mitsubishi’s centennial celebration, it asked West Coast Customs to combine the old with new. Mitsubishi gave the custom shop a 1917 Model A — Mitsubishi’s first car — and asked them to modernize it with a plug-in hybrid powertrain straight from the Outlander PHEV. The final project, called the Re-Model A, looks like a 100-year-old car but performs like any modern hybrid complete with features such as a touchscreen system and automatic emergency braking.
Another great addition to the 2018 Mitsubishi lineup is the much-anticipated Outlander PHEV. Official EPA estimates are not available yet, but Mitsubishi says it will offer at least 56 MPGe and more than 18 miles of pure-electric driving.
The staff at Larry Jay Mitsubishi can’t wait to see what else is in store for Mitsubishi in 2018.