Mitsubishi Teases Sketch of Wider U.S.-Spec i-MiEV Ahead of LA Auto Show Unveiling

By · October 29, 2010

Sketch of U.S.-Spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi has confirmed that this sketch is of the U.S.-Spec i-MiEV due to be unveiled at the LA Auto Show in two weeks.

It's been known for a while now that when the Mitsubishi i-MiEV finally goes on sale in the U.S. sometime next year it will get a wider stance to better accommodate American tastes in vehicle size. The company is also targeting a sub-$30,000 price tag before any incentives (making it less expensive than the Nissan LEAF).

Although Mitsubishi has said the i-MiEV will retain it's love-it-or-hate-it cute smooshed egg look and it will be officially making its debut at the LA Auto Show in two weeks, we had yet to see any real clues as to what the "Americanization" of this vehicle might mean.

Yesterday AutoblogGreen dug up some images from a recent Mitsubishi business plan presentation that was available in plain daylight on the company's website that appeared to be a sketch of a wider and more aggressive looking i-MiEV. Soon after, Mitsubishi tweeted a link to the AutoblogGreen post saying "a sneak-peek at the U.S. i-MiEV... We will be unveiling it at the LA Auto Show in November."

Sketch of U.S.-Spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi has confirmed that this sketch is of the U.S.-Spec i-MiEV due to be unveiled at the LA Auto Show in two weeks.

So it appears we have our confirmation that the sketches above are indeed the Americanized version of the i-MiEV. The vehicle does keep its funky shape, but it somehow manages to look more pleasing to my American eyes. With a more aggressive and wider stance, the slope of the front windshield makes it look a bit less cute and more sporty and the rear end loses a bit of the eggy roundness.

Due to the widened footprint, Mitsubishi reps have confided to me in private that the vehicle will have more room for batteries, which likely means a longer range. Can't wait to actually see the vehicle in person at the LA Auto Show.

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