Tuesday, January 31, 2006

New concept for the future of small: "i"

Hei KCP members,

Yesterday, Mitsubishi has just launched a new model at Japan, it is a mini car called "i".
Check this out: (You can click on the title for full news)

Tokyo, January 24, 2006 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today 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 with prices ranging from ¥1,281,000 to ¥1,617,000.

Powered by a new lightweight and compact 3-cylinder MIVEC*1 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 economy requirements.

New 12-valve DOHC MIVEC intercooler-turbocharged engine with aluminum cylinder block
"i" 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.

Grade Engine Transmission Drivetrain MRRP (incl. tax)
S 660cc 3-cyl. 12-valve DOHC MIVEC
with intercooler-turbocharger 4-speed Automatic Transmission:
From lowest 2WD ¥1,281,000 to highest grade 4WD ¥1,617,000
Pricing from RM35K to RM40K only.

Official homepage click here ->>> http://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.jp/special/i/ and

More photos: Autobytel-japan
More video: hobidas auto

I've just went to one of the show room to check the car.
I think this car is cute and compact. It is good for Single and family use.
Surprisingly with the new technologies and design concepts (where the engine located at the rear) and the wheel base is 2550mm (Waja is 2600mm), the price is rather low.

Here are some photos of frontal impact test results. It's a super Safe car!

Wish that, this model will be available in Bolehland soon. Of course the price will be more expensive than what I told. Any comments?

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