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Mitsubishi i MiEV Prototype at 2009 Geneva International Motor Show

Tokyo, March 3, 2009 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today gave two models their global debut at the 79th Geneva International Motor Show which runs from March 3 through March 15 at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference complex (opening to the general public on March 5).

The i MiEV*1 SPORT AIR concept model gives material shape to MMC’s “Drive@earth” global tag-line. The prototype i MiEV concept, meanwhile, is a precursor to the electric vehicle the company will introduce on the European market in 2010.

Also among the 15 vehicles on the MMC stand is the European-built Colt Clear Tec compact model, which boasts premium green performance with CO2 emissions of just 115 g/km, as well as several other European models.
*1 MiEV: Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle

i MiEV (prototype) (Show model)
(1) Design
With a view to its introduction on the European market, the prototype i MiEV features several changes compared to the i MiEV due to be introduced on the Japanese market in summer 2009. Front and rear tracks have been widened and front and rear overhangs have been extended to provide the higher levels of pedestrian protection expected in Europe as well as better occupant protection in the event of a rear-end shunt. The changes result in a shape that hints strongly at the vehicle’s all-round stability.

The interior design features simple, clean styling and with a dial-type shifter and extensive use of circular shapes for the air vents and other elements, creating a welcoming interior space.

The snow-white body and ice-blue interior color derive from a “glacier” theme that was designed to evoke a strong ecological image. The printed circuit board pattern used in the surfaces and motifs adds a high-tech look to the interior.

(2) Propulsion system
The prototype i MiEV, like i MiEV, uses a unique rear-midship layout which in a gasoline-fueled car places the engine just in front of the rear wheels. In the prototype i MiEV the engine and fuel tank found in an engine-driven vehicle are replaced by the electric motor, inverter, lithium-ion battery module and other EV system components.

The rear-midship layout offers several merits including a long wheelbase that provides more interior space. In addition, the location of the heavier EV system components under the floor deck lowers the center of gravity and realizes greater vehicle stability at higher speeds.

Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype) – Hi-res. Images

2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)
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2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)
2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)
2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV (prototype)

i MiEV (prototype) specifications

Overall length 3450 mm
Overall width 1520 mm
Overall height 1600 mm
Wheelbase 2550 mm
Track(F/R) 1325 / 1325 mm
Occupants 4
Vehicle weight 1080 kg
Motor output 47kW
Motor torque 180 N-m
Battery system 330V lithium-ion
Drive mode Rear wheel drive
Tires 175/45R17

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