Ushering in a new age for
the minicar, "i" was developed as an innovative Premium
Small Car that successfully overcomes the tradeoffs traditionally
associated with the category: design and comfortable interior space;
comfortable interior space and impact safety. Mitsubishi Motors has
overcome these challenges by developing a new and innovative rear-midship
layout that mounts the engine forward of the rear axle line and spawns
three new "innovations" within the category's dimensional constraints:
futuristic and uptown styling; agile handling and a comfortable ride; and,
excellent multidirectional impact safety.
Powered by a
new lightweight and compact 3-cylinder MIVEC turbocharged engine that uses
an aluminum cylinder block, "i" earns a 3-star rating for
emission levels that are 50% lower than required by Japanese 2005 Emission
Regulations and returns fuel consumption that meets Japanese 2010 fuel
New rear-midship layout platform:
new rear-midship platform mounts the engine just forward of the rear axle
line. A long wheelbase of 2550 mm, a figure that is on par with the level
of a compact car, and a better front/rear weight distribution underpin
superior key performance parameters complemented by agile handling, high
drivability, a comfortable ride, and stable braking. Providing an
effective front crumple zone, the rear-midship layout also realizes a
happy marriage between roomier interior space and improved impact safety.
And all this wrapped in boldly original styling.
Benefiting from the large
from the generous living space stemming from the longer wheelbase, the
interior enjoys a bright and airy feel. Extensive use is made of soft
shapes and surfaces to engender a comforting and reassuring sense of being
swaddled within a protective cocoon. Delicate detailing in the driver's
instrumentation and center panel gives visual accent to the interior's fun
to look at and great to use qualities. M and G trim levels offer a choice
of red or dark gray accent coloring in such parts as seats, allowing the
owner to coordinate interior and exterior colors to his or her individual
2. Driving qualities
New 12-valve DOHC MIVEC
intercooler-turbocharged engine with aluminum cylinder block
is powered by a brand-new 3-cylinder engine that mates variable valve
timing technology (MIVEC) on the intake valvetrain with an
intercooler-turbocharger the only minicar power unit to do so, to deliver
high performance and return excellent fuel economy and clean emissions.
Despite its turbocharged specification, "i" earns a 3-star
rating for emission levels that are 50% lower than required by Japanese
2005 Emission Regulations and returns fuel consumption that meets Japanese
2010 fuel economy standards.
Using an aluminum cylinder block and resin intake manifold, the new engine
was made lighter and more compact. An electronic throttle delivers
silky-smooth acceleration despite the engine's turbocharged specification.
Also, a higher overall engine stiffness and the use of a silent timing
chain contributes to quieter and smoother operation for category-eclipsing
levels of comfort.
uses MacPherson struts at the front and a 3-link De Dion suspension at
the rear. The absence of the engine at the front has allowed the engineers
to optimize the front suspension configuration and stroke. This and the
longer wheelbase combine to deliver well-balanced and well-mannered
handling with a classy, smooth ride and rock-steady straight-line
stability. The rear-midship layout also allows a larger wheel turn angle
to give "i" a 4.5 m minimum turning radius on a par with the eK
series despite its longer wheelbase.
rides on 15-inch tires but uses different treadwidths and profiles
front and rear: 145/65R15 at the front and 175/55R15 at the rear.
Accommodating the higher load on the rear driving wheels, the wider rear
tires provide more grip for confidence-inspiring stability together with
agile handling and control.
provides generous small item storage that combines function with
design as seen in the front passenger glove compartment, Secret box and in
the pull-out cup holders. In a simple operation, the 50:50 split rear
seatbacks fold forward and down at the pull of a lever to create a flat
and roomy luggage compartment.
realizes a clean and pleasantly comfortable interior environment. The
full-automatic climate control system standard on all models uses a clean
air filter with deodorizing function. The clean air filter works with the
deodorant roof-lining to remove cigarette and body odors and also to
reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) levels. G and M trim levels use a
solar control glass windshield that cuts transmission of ultra-violet and
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation launched the
new "i" minicar model at Mitsubishi dealerships throughout Japan.
Using a newly developed platform with an original rear-midship layout that
mounts the engine forward of the rear axle line, the new "i" series
includes 2WD and 4WD models
Tokyo, January 24, 2006
" i " :
major product features
its cue from the distinctive one-motion silhouette keynote that
capitalizes fully on the rear-midship layout, the design uses the large
tires-at-a-corner styling to project apowerful and stable stance. The
styling team has crafted lines that work in concert with the front and
rear lamps and other geometric elements to project an image that is both
intellectual and amiable. "i" is offered in a range of eight body
colors that include two new chic and modern choices developed specially
for the model: Ginger Brown Metallic and Ash Gray Metallic. Pearl White
will also be available in March for a ninth color.
With no engine at the
front which allows the front wheels to be placed as far forward as
possible, the rear-midship layout realizes a wheelbase of 2550 mm
substantially longer than seen in any minicar to date. The long wheelbase
and placement of the tires at the four corners provide original styling
and generous, compact car levels of interior and luggage space that boast
a combined length of 2,075 mm.
The rear-midship layout
allows a generous front crumple zone as well as providing roomier interior
space. "i" sits on a frame structure that delivers much improved
multidirectional impact safety. Large-section straight side rails running
the length of the body absorb and diffuse impact energy in a frontal
crash. Strong cross members linking the straight rails effectively absorb
side impact energy while the floor and engine act in concert to absorb and
diffuse rear end impact energy. Also, the space freed up under the hood by
the rear-midship layout and the use of an energy-absorbing wiper pivot
reduce impact energy transmission in the event of a collision with a
Comfort and convenience appointments / Utility
G and M trim levels are
fitted as standard with a keyless operation system that allows door and
tailgate locks to be locked or unlocked and the engine to be started or
stopped without the driver having to remove the remote unit from his or
her pocket or handbag.
Standard on all G and M
trim levels, a CD player with AM/FM tuner sports an exclusive panel design
that makes it appear an integral part of the dashboard. In a pleasingly
clean design, the ergonomic layout of the control panel puts a large
volume/tuning dial and other switches within easy reach.
A 7-inch wide display HDD on-board navigation system is available as a
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