True Drive: 2012 Mitsubishi I

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TrueDrive: 2012 Mitsubishi I

28 October 2011 16:39 by Brandy Schaffels

While the Mitsubishi i is a brand-new car to Americans, it debuted as a concept car in 2003 at the Motor Show and went production in Japan in January as a light vehicle kei car with a 659cc internal combustion and in 2009 with Mitsubishi’s propulsion system. If you think its shape looks vaguely to something else you’ve on American roads, consider it shares its primordial DNA with the smart ForFour that was in Europe between 2004 and

When the minuscule i concept appeared on the auto show in 2003, nobody knew the twists and turns the tiny car make before it would make it onto American But the fun little microcar will hit the in early 2012, starting in Illinois, where a delivery of one of the electric eggs on wheels turn the sleepy Midwest into an EV Town to show the potential of electric transportation in a urban implementation.

2012 Mitsubishi i Features and

The U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i will be in ES base model ($29,975) or in SE trim ($31,975); models be available to test drive at beginning in November 2011 the first customer vehicle scheduled for early 2012. include $850 destination and fees. Fear not the sticker The $7500 federal tax credit and any state rebates will reduce the bottom line.


The i is by a 66-horsepower/49-kW AC synchronous electric mated to a single speed gear transmission. With stored in an 88-cell 16-kWh battery pack, the U.S.-spec i promises to offer 126 mpg equivalency in driving and 99 mpg in highway driving, and a commanding “real world” EPA range of 62 miles. Those can be recharged in approximately 22 hours via the 120-volt Level 1 portable cable, seven hours by a 240-volt Level 2 EVSE available for home installation by retailers or utility companies, and can charge in under 30 minutes to an 80 capacity from a CHAdeMO 3 quick-charging station via an optional port.

This new U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i vehicle boasts a roomier and improved safety features its Japanese i-MiEV counterpart to a 4.3-inch wider track, front and rear bumpers, and the of its itsy-bitsy motor which is forward of the rear axle and the rear seat. These net an interior passenger volume of cubic feet, with cubic feet of storage the back seat, or up to 50.4 feet of storage with the rear seats down.

Additional standard features a tire pressure monitoring acoustic vehicle alerting capable of warning pedestrians of the EV when traveling at speeds 22 mph or in reverse; a four-speaker, 100-watt audio system with playback capability; speed-sensitive power steering; LED taillamps; seat heater; a highly-efficient manual air conditioning system micron filter; and a vehicle and immobilizer anti-theft system. is provided by four-wheel-wheel anti-lock with electronic brake-force active stability control traction control logic; and six including dual-stage front driver and front-passenger seat-mounted supplemental airbags, and roof-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags missing is the driver’s knee becoming more common in of this size.

Options a Cold Zone package includes heated outside and a battery warming system for the lithium-ion battery pack and a Premium Package for the SE trim that includes an HDD navigation with rearview camera, DC charging port, and Mitsubishi’s hands-free Bluetooth connectivity with USB port and steering audio controls ($2790). In to these options, drivers also need to hire Buy’s Geek Squad to a Level 2 home charger for plus installation fees.

2012 Mitsubishi i Driving

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Be forewarned: The super compact i is in no way a vehicle. Mitsubishi’s main was to be the most affordable electric car in the States marketplace; the result of efforts is a price that the Nissan Leaf by more $5000 with superior albeit with a Spartan

Expect the basics inside: you find a sunroof or leather but the environmentally friendly cotton covering those cloth reduce C02 emissions over the PET used in other cars. lightweight choices keep the overall weight down to pounds, which adds to the overall efficiency.

The funky keyfob standard all I models offers connectivity similar to the smartphone options in other electric cars: communication between the vehicle and its to allow the operator to pre-program and such electric vehicle-related as timed battery charging, level information updates, and warming (to improve battery in especially cold climates). The also allows pre-activation of the and air conditioning climate controls up to 30 before driving to allow the to operate these energy-sapping while still plugged in to the or while parked in a shaded

Three transmission modes D, Eco, and B — are intended to driving performance under driving situations. While Eco is perfectly acceptable for efficient driving, we found it necessary to it into D when we wanted power for spirited acceleration or navigating the hilly cityscape our Portland-based evaluation route. efficiency is realized in B mode, maximizes regenerative braking to the that the vehicle can actually itself without the driver the brakes.

Shopping for an Electric Car?

For the Mitsubishi I and Nissan Leaf are the pure electric vehicles in the marketplace, though Ford also be releasing its electric in early 2012. If you’re to buy an electric car, or any other new visit TrueCar.com to research selling for new cars by make and model. shows you what other actually paid for a new car, gets you an even better from a TrueCar Certified near you.

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