Mitsubishi Improving M-Spec i-MiEV and Replacing G-Spec With X-Spec in Japan

NOV 17 2013 BY MARK KANE 5

Mitsubishi recently announced approximately a 25% price reduction on its i-MiEV electric cars in Japan, which works out to a 900,000 yen reduction or roughly $9,000 off.

In Japan, the i-MiEV was previously sold in base M-spec and higher G-spec, but now X-spec will replace G-spec.  The “new” i-MiEVs look exactly the same as the old ones.

Grade
Vehicle base price
(5% consumption tax included)
(Reference) 2013
Maximum subsidy amount
X (16 kWh battery pack)
¥ 2,901,150 yen
about $28,904
¥ 850,000 yen
M (10.5 kWh battery pack)
¥ 2,459,100 yen
about $24,500
¥ 740,000 yen
i-MiEV 『X』

i-MiEV 『X』

But this is not all.  The new versions will be better equipped.  The 10.5 kWh M-spec will finally get the CHAdeMO inlet as standard. All i-MiEVs will get driver and front passenger seat heaters, with an additional heater on the back section, heat pump air conditioning to power-saving heating, a charging inlet light, an increase in the size of the headrest and curtain airbags as standard equipment. The 16-kWh X-spec will get LED head lamps as standard.

We don’t see any battery changes in the “new” models, but the electric motor is different – with lower maximum torque but the same power. X has 47 kW, M just 30 kW and both are 160 Nm of torque.

MINICAB-MiEV VAN 『CD10.5kWh』

MINICAB-MiEV VAN 『CD10.5kWh』

Range stays at 180 km (JC08) and 120 km (JC08) despite the cars being a touch lighter – 1090 kg for X and 1070 for M. Note that M has a heavier battery pack from Toshiba, that makes whole car almost the same weight as X despite just 10.5 kWh.

Together with i-MiEV, Mitsubishi improved the Minicab MiEV Van, which is also cheaper and better equipped. The base version costs about $21,570, the most expensive around $25,891 (all prices without subsidies).

Grade
Vehicle base price
(5% consumption tax included)
(Reference) 2013
Maximum subsidy amount
CD10.5kWh
Two-seater
High roof
¥ 2,165,100 yen
¥ 610,000 yen
Four-seater
¥ 2,186,100 yen


Grade
Vehicle base price
(5% consumption tax included)
(Reference) 2013
Maximum subsidy amount
CD16.0kWh
Two-seater
High roof
¥ 2,577,750 yen
¥ 850,000 yen
Four-seater
¥ 2,598,750 yen
Four-seater
Standard roof
¥ 2,598,750 yen

 

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5 Comments on "Mitsubishi Improving M-Spec i-MiEV and Replacing G-Spec With X-Spec in Japan"

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offib

Who knows, the X i-MiEV may surely have the same features as the “whenever it’ll be here” i in the US. This shows promising signs that a 2014 i is on the way for the US, but I actually hope not! If prices aren’t reduced dramatically in the US whenever it arrives as did the other EVs, these changes then just seem too little to justify the i’s expected return. Nissan, GM and Smart has ramped up the game quite a bit! The ForTwo ED would definitely be trouble for Mitsubishi, let alone the LEAF.

Assaf

Agreed.

Except the part when you say the Smart ED would be trouble for the Leaf. A tiny 2-seater with no out-of-town-travel capabilities to speak of, cannot seriously threaten a near-midsize 5-seater whose capabilities in that respect already exist, and are improving.

The overlap between these two cars’ growth segments is relatively small, and will continue shrinking… I wish success for both, of course. A re-introduction of the 4-seat Mitsubishi MiEV will fall in between those segments (overlapping both), but will probably be threatened more by the Smart.

Aaron

The i-MiEV sells decently in countries other than the US. I wonder if the upgraded version will come to the US, or if they’ll skip us and bring in the forthcoming mid-size car from the Mitsu-Nissan-Renault alliance.

Dan Gallagher

If you see the Mitsubishi website:
http://www.mitsubishicars.com/MMNA/jsp/imiev/14/showroom/overview.do
They are planning to bring the iMiev back for 2014, “Late Spring”. So, though I think a more normal economy sedan, like the Lancer, would sell better as an electric, I suspect Mitsubishi is just trying to keep their name in the game until they can get the PHEV Outlander into the US market.

Jay Cole

Yupe, good eye Dan! I’ve been working on getting some info/specs/pricing whatever on this 2014 launch..but with so much happening back home in Japan recently I think they are just sorting those things out now.