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U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV – Click above for high-res image gallery

We first saw sketches of what Mitsubishi's i-MiEV might look like when it arrives in the United States, and now we have the first official images a week before the car's public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Sure, the production-ready i-MiEV you see here loses many of the aggressive-looking elements of the preview sketch, but Mitsubishi has indeed followed through on its promise to offer more robust dimensions and an upgraded interior.

The U.S.-spec i-MiEV is 11.2 inches longer, 4.3 inches wider and 0.2 inches taller than the JDM version. We're glad that Mitsubishi has added a lot of length and width while only minimally increasing height, since that should beef up the rather narrow i-MiEV's stance here on American roads. Inside, the interior looks substantially more comfortable, with a two-tone color scheme and a redesigned center stack, encompassing updated audio and HVAC controls.

Mitsubishi is still targeting an on-sale date near the end of 2011 for the all-electric i-MiEV, with prices coming in below $30,000 (before government rebates). Hit the jump for Mitsubishi's official press blast.

U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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Mitsubishi Motors' North American Version of i-MiEV to Make World Premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will host the world premiere of the North American version of its i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS) held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Wednesday, November 17 to Sunday November 28 (open to the general public from Friday, November 19). In addition, the Outlander Sport compact CUV (RVR in Japan, ASX in Europe), which is to go on sale in the North American market from the end of this year as well as other core vehicles for the North American market are planned for display at the LAAS.

The North American version of the i-MiEV, in comparison to the Japanese- and European-spec i-MiEVs, features an enhanced, enlarged body structure to secure plenty of space for four adults and better meet the expectations of U.S. consumers. In addition, the North American-spec i-MiEV's front and rear bumpers are all-new. Airbags that detect passengers and control deployment force, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and Active Stability Control (ASC) are all standard equipment.

Also, with the Outlander Sport's mating of a 2.0-liter MIVEC*1 engine to an INVECS*2III-CVT Sportronic (six-speed sport-mode CVT) transmission (five-speed manual transmission also available on some trim levels), the Outlander Sport provides superior fuel efficiency and low emissions in a compact CUV package that can seat five.

*1 : Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system
*2 : Intelligent and Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control System

North American Version i-MiEV Main Specifications (numbers in [ ] denote difference with Japanese model)

Length : 3,680mm [+285mm]
Width : 1,585mm [+110mm]
Height : 1,615mm [+5mm]
Tread (front/rear) : 1,420mm/1,380mm [+110mm/+110mm]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's so obvious the NISSAN LEAF will dominate this segment for sure. That thing is hideous! However if you are some minimalist who loves the Tata Nano, you'll be drooling until you get to fork over your hard earned dollars for this tin can.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could see this being popular in parts of Florida, and the big cities. Hard to see it on the highways competing with semis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks more like it is spec'd for india. It looks way cheaper than the normal version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guess you would have to know what an alien spacecraft looked like to know if the title holds salt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks hard boiled
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      seems to be loosing some of it's coolness.......I knew when looking at the original, it was too cool for the US - and that when coming here they would screw it up somehow.
      now it's ugly.....
      ............but maybe in black it could still work somehow...............
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with Tourian. It's uniqueness will stand out on the road. I predict Mitsubishi dealerships will actually start getting some traffic again over this thing.

        Personally I wouldn't be caught dead driving it, but I could definitely see some that would love it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like most bloggers, you've been looking at it for a while. It will still be fresh to Joe Public when it comeson the scene. It still looks weird/quirky/cute/homely and anime enough to be one of the most unique looking auto on the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Terribly ugly but the price seems good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm digging the interior. I would pick this over a Leaf.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's clearly not brown enough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cute dog. Gnarly underbite.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So $10k for the car and $20k for the battery?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take a Leaf over this! The proportions of this are way off; the euro-spec MIEV is much better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me a little of the Nissan Almera Tino

      I can't really tell that they've increased the size much full credit to the designers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Almera Tino is a C-segment MPV and competes with the Mazda 5. Just to give you an idea of the size differential between it and the A-segment Mitsubishi i.
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