Mitsubishi teases eX concept ahead of Tokyo Motor Show debut

Mitsubishi has released this picture of its new eX concept ahead of its unveiling at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

The all-electric concept car follows the XR PHEV II, revealed at Geneva this year, in previewing the new ASX crossover.

But, unlike the Geneva concept, which uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain similar to that found in the Outlander PHEV, the eX uses an electric-only system.

We expect it previews an all-electric version of the ASX that will be offered later in its life, alongside traditional petrol and diesel versions, as well as the plug-in hybrid model.

In a statement, Mitsubishi hinted that the concept will preview new automated driving, connected car, and active safety systems.

The manufacturer is hoping the new ASX, due next year, will continue the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The company’s sales are up 100% this year, thanks largely to the Outlander.

Mitsubishi UK’s boss Lance Bradley told Motoring Research at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year that they could potentially sell 30,000 ASXs a year.

He said: “I’m not saying that’s going to happen. We’re going to be conservative in our numbers. But when I went to Japan, Aikawa [president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation] ambitiously suggested that it might be possible.”

Like the Mitsubishi Outlander, the new ASX will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Unlike the Outlander, the ASX doesn’t need four-wheel drive, so will be able to use just one electric motor, making it more affordable.

The eX concept, however, features Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control four-wheel-drive system and two electric motors. A range of around 250 miles has also been touted.