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Mitsubishi i (2007): first official pictures

Fri, 16 Feb 2007

By Tim Pollard

First Official Pictures

16 February 2007 12:29

So they're going to bring the i to Britain, are they?

They certainly are. It's Mitsubishi's answer to the Smart ForTwo - a diminutive four-seater that's 155mm narrower than a Peugeot 107. It was conceived as a K-car for Japan, under the tax breaks for small cars stretching less than 3.4 metres long, 1.48 metres wide and with engines under 660cc and 64bhp.

Just one model will be sold in the UK for £8999. That's top-end Smart money, but the i car has four seats that'll accommodate adults in comfort; the clever rear-engine packaging liberates a surprising amount of room from such a small package and there is an abundance of equipment. Mitsubishi doesn't expect to sell very many i cars in the UK (just 300 in fact), but they'll be well equipped with auto box, climate control and electric windows and folding door mirrors. Build quality is pretty good, too.

By Tim Pollard