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Wider 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV For U.S. Market: First Sketch

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sketch of wider, U.S.-specification 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

sketch of wider, U.S.-specification 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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We've been waiting eagerly for more details of the modified U.S.-spec 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car. Now, Mitsubishi has started the long tease.

The company tweeted a sketch this morning that shows a wider, slightly more angular i-MiEV that still preserves the now-familiar shape of the right-hand-drive original.

Mitsubishi has to make a number of changes to the diminutive electric kei car to get it past new, tighter NHTSA crash safety rules. The widening is thought to be due in part to structural reinforcements--with the added benefit that it will better accommodate larger, heavier, wider U.S. bodies.

The production version of the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV for North America will be unveiled in three weeks at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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  1. Did they give US pricing on the MiEV?
     
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  2. @James: Nope. Sketch aside, they gave no details. That's what I meant by "tease" :)
     
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  3. Look for the production U.S.-spec i-MiEV to debut sometime next year. Mitsubishi is still targeting a price of under $30,000 (not including government incentives) when the car hits dealerships at the end of 2011.
    From autobloggreen.com's website article on this subject today.
     
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  4. Drove and liked the iMiEV as it is now. It’s what the Smart ED, Think City EV, and Weego Whip should be. I worry the efficient vibe will get smushed in translation to NHTSA compliance. Fat, heavy, slow, and expensive is no fun.
     
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