Like a soothsayer peering into a crystal ball,
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), today provided a glimpse into
the future through the Eclipse Concept-E.
But perhaps the future is more clearly visible
through the glowing plasma bulb located in the car's center console. Because
when the Eclipse Concept-E's parallel hybrid motor is switched on, that
plasma indicator light glows with its own unique energy, letting the driver
know that there's more here than meets the eye.
Upon initial glance, what meets the eye is a highly
styled coupe. Featuring plasma running lights and taillights; neon
crackle-tube indicators and brake lights; and a glass roof that offers
ambient luminescence of its own, the Concept-E could be called a study in
But an innovative all-wheel-drive (AWD)
configuration-in which parallel engines provide power to both the front and
rear axles-also makes the Eclipse Concept-E a study in high-tech mechanics.
Thanks to this unique hybrid system, called E-Boost, the Concept-E delivers
a continuous, uninterrupted stream of power even while the six-speed
automated manual transmission changes gears. The result is a car that boasts
performance to match its aerodynamic appearance.
"The Eclipse Concept-E suggests that performance
and fuel efficiency need not be mutually exclusive," said Ulrich Walker,
executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. "E-Boost is
environmentally friendly technology, but it's also pure driving fun. The
Concept-E is proof that hybrid technology can do as much for power and
performance as it can for fuel consumption," Walker said.