TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will roll out an all-electric compact crossover concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that showcases its new design language and automated driving ambitions.
The eX Concept embodies Mitsubishi’s rugged new Dynamic Shield styling while packing in technologies, such as automatic parking and lane changing, that it hopes to launch by around 2020.
The low-slung crossover is envisioned as driving some 400 kilometers (250 miles) on its fully charged lithium ion batteries. Mitsubishi also aims to achieve that range by 2020.
When Mitsubishi pulls the wraps on the eX at this month’s auto show, the vehicle will encapsulate the company’s push to establish itself as a technological leader and its efforts to rejuvenate styling that had stagnated in recent years.
The Japanese carmaker, rebounding from years of financial distress, is now making electrified drivetrains a cornerstone of future growth along with a focus on emerging markets.
Mitsubishi says it aims to deliver a 250-mile range by doubling the energy density of its batteries in the next five years.
It also is ramping up the race for autonomous driving technologies, joining rivals Toyota Motor Corp., General Motors, Nissan Motor Co. and others in setting a 2020 horizon for bringing several advanced driver assist functions to market.