First photos of U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV revealed ahead of LA debut

imiev630 450x223 First photos of U.S. spec Mitsubishi i MiEV revealed ahead of LA debut

We first saw sketches of what Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV might look like when it arrives in the United States, and now we have the first official images a week before the car’s public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Sure, the production-ready i-MiEV you see here loses many of the aggressive-looking elements of the preview sketch, but Mitsubishi has indeed followed through on its promise to offer more robust dimensions and an upgraded interior.

The U.S.-spec i-MiEV is 11.2 inches longer, 4.3 inches wider and 0.2 inches taller than the JDM version. We’re glad that Mitsubishi has added a lot of length and width while only minimally increasing height, since that should beef up the rather narrow i-MiEV’s stance here on American roads. Inside, the interior looks substantially more comfortable, with a two-tone color scheme and a redesigned center stack, encompassing updated audio and HVAC controls.

Mitsubishi is still targeting an on-sale date near the end of 2011 for the all-electric i-MiEV, with prices coming in below $30,000 (before government rebates). Hit the jump for Mitsubishi’s official press blast.