Set to arrive by the end of 2020
According to Autocar the all-electric eX crossover has been greenlit for production, which is slated to begin sometime in the next four years. Mitsubishi first unveiled the eX concept at last year’s Tokyo auto show and displayed it once again at the 2016 Geneva auto show.
The report claims the new SUV will have a range of 250 miles (402 km). That puts it well above the current crop of EVs like the Nissan Leaf, and slightly over the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt, which is expected to offer around 200 miles (322 km) of range.
The eX is about the same size as the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, though the next generation of that crossover is rumored to get bigger. With the company’s push for electrification, it’s unlikely that the production eX will offer a conventional combustion engine.
“The commitment is to return to full EV when the infrastructure is mature,” said Mitsubishi UK boss Lance Bradley, in an interview with Autocar. “Full electric power is very much part of Mitsubishi’s future.”
As previously reported, Mitsubishi’s lineup will be dominated by crossovers. Back in December, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko said his company has “changed direction” and will focus on making crossovers as “core models in the North American market.”
Aside from the Outlander Sport, Mitsubishi’s current U.S. lineup includes the Mirage subcompact, the all-electric i-MiEV, Outlander, and Lancer, which is rumored to be discontinued. The North American launch of the Outlander plug-in hybrid has faced multiple delays, though Masuko claims that model will finally arrive here sometime this year.