Mitsubishi May Offer Gasoline-Powered i Microcar in U.S.

Mitsubishi already confirmed plans to import its i-Miev electric car, but is now considering selling a gasoline-powered version of the microcar -- the i -- here as well.

When the i-Miev mini-electric car goes on sale, it will compete against the gasoline-powered Smart car, as the Smart Electric Drive isn’t currently sold in the U.S. To help potentially increase the i-Miev’s sales volume, Mitsubishi is considering adding a version of the car powered by a conventional gasoline engine.

The i is already sold using a 660-cc turbocharged gas engine in Europe and Japan. If the car were sold in the U.S., the small turbocharged unit would likely be replaced by a larger 1.0-liter normally-aspirated three-cylinder engine -- similar to the engine found in North American ForTwos.

John Koenig, executive vice president of operations at Mitsubishi Motors North America, says that a sales volume of 1000 units per month could probably persuade Mitsubishi to re-engineer the car for U.S. customers.

Mitsubishi will launch the electric i-Miev in approximately 18 months. If the gasoline version of the car is approved, it would arrive shortly after the electric car.

Source: Automotive News

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HERE IS MY OPINION: WHY THE HELL DOES THE U.S. NOT GET THE TURBO 3CYL OPTION THATS *** THE ENGINE WOULD GET GREAT MPGS AND HAVE SOME POWER, BECAUSE WHAT IVE READ IS MITSUBISHI IS UNDERPOWERING THEIR CAR BADLY, IF YOU READ THE REVIEWS THEY STATE (NEEDS ALOT MORE POWER) AND WHAT IS WITH ALL THE FRICKEN SUVS MITSUBISHI ENOUGHT IS ENOUGHT!PS:DONT PUT THE FORTOWS ENGINE IN THIS CAR IT SUCKS HAS NOW POWER! SHITTY ENGINE! :mad:

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