Mitsubishi i is a five-door, four-passenger hatchback car that falls in the Japanese Kei category produced by Mitsubishi Motors since 2006 and also won the Japanese car of the year in the same year.
Mitsubishi i is a compact car and was specifically built for urban use with some unique styling. The “i” is really great to drive around urban spaces and due to its narrowness, it can be easily parked in the tightest of parking spaces.
Structure, Engine, and Transmission
The “i” featured a light steel structure frame that incorporated the Mitsubishi rear-engine layout. With the engine at the rear, in front of the rear wheels, this enabled “i” to have a wheelbase of 255 cm, and the designers utilized this wheelbase to get maximum cabin space out of it.
Mitsubishi i features a rear-mid engine (RMR) mounted in front of the rear axle, a three-cylinder 0.66-liter 3B20 DOHC MIVEC turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 38 KW (51 HP) at 7000 rpm, and an average consumption of 5.4L/100KM used for the 2006 model. In 2007, “i” models had an option for a naturally aspirated 3B20 DOHC MIVEC gasoline engine. These engines were mated with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Beneath “i” is equipped with a three-link De Dion tube/Watt’ linkage suspension system at the rear and the MacPherson struts at the front.
The engine of the “i” as seen in cutaway, behind the rear seats and under the floor of the rear hatch storage area, just ahead of the rear axle.
Mitsubishi i comes with twin airbags, Isofix child seat anchor points, electronic brake force distribution (EBD), ABS, and large crumple zone.
Mitsubishi i has a length of 339.5 cm, a width of 147.5 cm, and a height of 160 cm. The “i” featured three trim levels namely S, M, and G, G being the one with most features and the most expensive. All these trims were 5-door hatchbacks with a turbocharged engine (prior to the 2007 release), the only major difference was the options and standard equipment.
The i’s boot space is not that big, but it’s big enough to fit a couple of shopping bags. With seats folded flat, you get a decent amount of luggage space. The i’s glove compartment has some space that can accommodate small goods.
Despite its small dimensions, “i” has a surprisingly great space for the front and rear passengers thanks to the designers placing the front and rear tires at the extreme front and rear corner ends. Adding to its tall shape, “i” has enough headroom and legroom for both front and rear passengers. The seats are enough for urban use as it was built for the urban space, but if you choose to travel long trips, the seats won’t be comfortable.
Boot with seats folded flat
The seat fabric for the “i” is an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified hypoallergenic and the roof features a deodorized lining and a clean air filter.
Mitsubishi i comes with a six-speaker CD stereo system, climate control, power windows, and folding power side mirrors.