Mitsubishi i Limited kei-car starts selling
In addition to the recently announced iCar Play Edition iPod-ready kei-car, the Japanese car manufacturing brand has released yet another member of the growing family of supercompacts, the Mitsubishi i Limited Edition.
According to official news release, the limited edition kei-car comes painted in nine different colors, but, as it often happens with ultra-compact, super-cheap vehicles, is offered with only one interior styling featuring dull grey plastics with darker grey cloth seating colors. Yuk.
Like the rest of the gang, the vehicle is only 3395 mm long, 1475 mm wide, 1600 mm high, but sports an impressive wheelbase of 2550 millimeters.
The list of standard equipment still looks quite decent, though.
The Mitsubishi i Limited will be delivered with a pre-installed AM/FM/CD audio system with 4-speakers, air conditioning, UV-reducing tinted glass, as well as an already usual for Japanese vehicles keyless entry system, and power windows.
ABS with Electronic Break Distribution system (EBD) also comes in standard package.
The engine that motivates the key-car is a standard 660cc MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) turbocharged 3-cylinder job, which passes 64 hp of power and 95 Nm of torque to a four-speed automatic gearbox with a direct coupling unit and then to front 15-inch wheels.
Although you shouldn’t expect from the tiny vehicle a supercar-like performance, it still does it job decently helping you to move from point A to point B with the least hassle possible.
The Japanese car maker claims that the vehicle takes only 5.4 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers in a combined cycle. I believe that in a real life the fuel economy will be slightly worse: at least 6.5 l/100 km on average.
In Japan, the car will sell for ¥1,197,000 (2WD) and ¥1,323,000 (4WD). That’s $10,318 and $11,405 respectively.
See also: 2007 Daihatsu Sonica mini-MPV