2010 LA Auto Show: Mitsubishi unveils US-Spec 2011 i-MiEV Electric Car

By Automotive Staff | November 10, 2010
Nearly a week before it debuts at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mitsubishi released the first official photos of the U.S. version of the iMiEV electric vehicle. As depicted by the sketches, the i-MiEV has grown substantially in order to suit American's supersized tastes. The U.S.-spec car has grown nearly a foot in length, bringing overall length to 12 feet. Width has grown nearly four inches, as have the front and rear track dimensions. Height, however, remains virtually unchanged at five feet. Predictably, the i-MiEV's bumper fascias have morphed in order to make the micro machine DOT-compliant. Up front, the i-MiEV receives a chunky front bumper, accented by a revised hood stamping with stronger character lines. Large turn signal indicators wrap into both the front and rear fenders, which have been flared to accommodate the wider track. The clear tail lamp lenses of the JDM i-MiEV have been replaced with red lenses, which are complimented by the addition of round red reflectors near the lower edge of the bumper. Inside, Mitsubishi did more than simply convert the car to left-hand-drive. Designers were given some freedom to spruce up the cabin, adding a new upper dashboard, flush-mounted radio design, vertically arranged HVAC controls, and a striking two-tone color scheme. Although we'll reserve judgment until we step foot inside, the revisions do appear more upscale than JDM cabins. Underneath the skin, the hardware is identical to i-MiEVs sold in Japan and Europe, meaning U.S.-bound cars will couple a 63-horsepower electric motor to the rear wheels, along with a lithium-ion battery pack. We hear, however, that the difference may lie primarily in calibration. Sources close to the automaker tell us both regenerative braking and throttle input have been revised for our market, likely to make the i-MiEV more at home on high-speed American highways. via Mitsubishi courtesy of Automobile Magazine Staff
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Calgary limo
Calgary limo

This car looks very futuristic. I'd like to try it out.

Ladder Racks for Trucks
Ladder Racks for Trucks

Well done Mitsubishi. These looks will catch on very quickly with the city dwellers. Can't wait to see what is brewing behind the scenes. Keep it coming.

Ultimate Rails
Ultimate Rails

Well designed vehicle with an appeal to all ages. I hope it catch on quickly to the larger models. With gas prices on the rise we sure need these vehicles now, more than ever

Jim A. Sickler
Jim A. Sickler

It will be interesting to see how long it is before someone uses this powerplant in their trike.

Bilzone
Bilzone

Does anyone know if this car will be produced for Europe? Kind regards, Byta Kamrem

John
John

It will be interesting to see what kind of body kits get designed for this vehicle.

Calgary Driving School
Calgary Driving School

I'm surprised it's taken so long for electric cars to start hitting the market. I'm glad they are.

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