i

2006

i

The i is a K-car launched in January 2006 embodying a radical new approach to the genre. It successfully overcame 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.
The design placed large 15-inch wheels at each corner of its novel "one-motion" egg-shape silhouette to project a stance full of strength and stability. It was powered by a new aluminum block DOHC MIVEC intercooled turbo engine that delivered great performance while returning low fuel consumption. The i used MacPherson struts at the front and a 3-link De Dion suspension at the rear to deliver excellent handling、stability with a smooth ride. The roomy interior stemming from the long wheelbase made extensive use of soft shapes and surfaces to give expression to its fun-to-look-at and great-to-use qualities. In recognition of these attractive features the i was presented with several awards, including the Japanese Good Design Grand Prix 2006-2007. In October 2006, NA engine model was added to the lineup.

Overall length 3395mm
Overall width 1475mm
Overall height 1600mm
Engines 657 cc turbo