Without even the slightest whisper from Mitsubishi, the US-spec 2014 i-MiEV made its US debut a few days ago at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.
Though this debut marks the first time the US public gets to lay eyes on the 2014 i-MiEV, all of the vital details have been known for a couple of months.
Per Mitsubishi's press release dated December 3, 2013:
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is proud to announce that the company’s new 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric-powered production vehicle not only receives an expanded standard equipment package but also sees a considerable price reduction of $6,130 over the previous 2012 model year vehicle.
The 2014 model year Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES model including CHAdeMO DC quick charge port, battery warming system and heated side view mirrors now starts at only $22,995 – an astonishing $6,130 price reduction from the previous generation. After factoring in the Federal tax credit of $7,500, the net MSRP of the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV drops down to only $15,495*.
With a net MSRP of only $15,495 after factoring in the available EV federal tax credit of $7,500 and, for example, with the California state EV financial incentive of up to $2,500** (other generous financial incentives are available through numerous states and municipalities), residents in California can obtain the technologically-advanced 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV for as low as $12,995.
Furthermore, the new 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV boasts a much more comprehensive standard equipment package. Newly added items that are now standard equipment at no charge to the consumer include:
Driver and front passenger heated seats CHAdeMO DC quick charge port Battery warming system Heated side view mirrors Rear door speakers 8A/12A switchable Level 1 charging cable*** (approximate charge time from near empty to fully charged - 22 hours for 8 amp/14 hours for 12 amp) Charge port lamp
Leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob Passenger-side vanity mirror with lid Numerous decorative color/trim upgrades
Aluminum wheels Front fog lights New daytime running lights (DRL)
Black-out door sash trim
Unfortunately, Mitsubishi has not provided images of the 2014 US i-MiEV, which will arrive at dealerships in "late Spring" of 2014.
Luckily, images of the 2014 i-MiEV live in Chicago can be viewed by clicking here.