I Spy With My Little I
What is the Mitsubishi I-CAR!?
In 2006, Mitsubishi released a new super small hatchback to compete in an equally super small segment of the market. The Mitsubishi I-CAR. It was designed to thrive in city conditions with the ability to tackle freeways when commuting to and from the office. It had to be small, economical, easy to drive, park and be practical for daily use.
Following its overwhelming release in Japan, the Mitsubishi I-CAR went on to win “car of the year award” in 2007. Clearly they had done something right!
It’s on the inside that counts…
Turbocharged… Mid Engine and Rear Wheel Drive set up… are we still talking about the same car here? Yes – the Mitsubishi I boasts a “supercar” inspired platform with a 660cc Turbo MIVEC engine powering the rear wheels. Not quite supercar performance but it does make for surprisingly nimble and light handling – ideal for navigating narrow city streets.
This setup also maximises the interior space having the engine and drivetrain located at the rear/ middle of the car. This allows 4 adults to comfortably be seated with adequate sized luggage space which can further be extended by lowering the fully flat folding seats.
The interior cabin is also generously specced too. The proximity keyless entry and start/ stop feature is a convenient touch. No need to fumble around for keys as providing it is on your person you can lock/ unlock and start the car. You also get air conditioning, CD radio, electric windows and mirrors all around and automatic operating headlights.
Fitted with dual airbags, ISOFIX seats, ABS brakes and Electronic Brake Distribution you can also rest assured you’re in safe surroundings too.
And the performance?
Weighing in at around 900kgs, these nippy turbo charged city go-karts are reasonably quick off the line and very responsive through the rev-range. With great visibility through the huge front and surrounding windows, the exceptionally small front overhang/ bonnet area also makes parking a breeze. You can duck and dive down city side streets with ease and fit in parking spaces not possible for most other vehicles! What about fuel? Premium unleaded no less with an average fuel consumption of 5.4L/100kms from the 35L tank. Better than most Hybrids!
Made a wrong turn? Need to do a legal U-turn? 4.5m of space is all you’ll need for a full 180 degrees. (In comparison – a Holden Commodore requires nearly 3 x this at 11.4m!)
So what’s not to like about the Mitsubishi I-CAR!? Well it is very small… not ideal for long family trips down south with all the luggage and dog in tow! They can be a little unsettled with strong crosswinds due to their miniature size.. nothing serious nor to worry about, but something to bear in mind on a windy day along the freeway!
Expensive to own?
Due to its pocket size, service running costs and insurance are conveniently light on the wallet too. At Fabcar we use a Mitsubishi I-CAR as our promotional and courtesy vehicle. Other than annual servicing we have had no faults in the past 6 years nor heard of any issues from other sold examples. We source the majority of service items locally and offer great rates on annual servicing for all of our customers.
Where can I get one?
At Fabcar we have a fresh batch of 2006 – 2008 Mitsubishi I-CAR’s just arrived. Starting at just $11,990 they represent amazing value and ready to drive away today!
Mitsubishi I-CAR Key Highlights:
- Spacious Interior
- Seating For 4 Adults
- 5.4l/100kms (Average Fuel Consumption)
- 4 Speed Fully Automatic Gearbox
- Large Boot Area (Bearing in mind the size of car)
- Split Folding Rear Seats
- Automatic Activating Headlights
- Keyless Remote Entry and Start/ Stop
- Front and Rear Electric Windows with Electric Mirrors
- Air Conditioning
- Alloy Wheels (Option)
- CD Radio
- 2 x Airbags, ABS Brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution
|Air bag (driver, passenger).|
|3B20 (660cc) DOHC MIVEC Intercooled turbo.|
|Fuel octane – regular unleaded.|
|4 Speed automatic.|
|Transmission shift knob – PVC.|
|2WD (rear axle drive).|
|Front suspension – Macpherson strut with coil spring|
|Rear suspension – 3 link De Dion.|
|Park brake – lever type.|
|4 wheel ABS with EBD.|
|Front disc 13″.|
|Rear drum 8″.|
|Steering wheel – 3 spoke urethane.|
|15″ steel with wheel cover or full alloy wheel|
|Tire front – 145/65R15.|
|Tire rear – 175/55R15.|
|Centre door lock.|
|Keyless entry with 1 transmitter.|
|Alarm (horn, turn & buzz).|
|Child proof rear doors.|
|Door outer handle – colour key.|
|Door inside handle – silver.||IZ model|
|Door inside handle – black.||IA model|
|Glass colour – green.|
|Windshield glass – laminated & IR cut.|
|Tailgate glass with hot wire.|
|Seats & seat belts|
|Seating capacity – 4 persons.|
|Driver’s seat – slide, recline, height adjuster.|
|Assistant seat – slide, recline adjuster.|
|Rear seat – split back & fold with recline.|
|Child restraint for ISO-FIX.|
|Front seat belt – 3 point with ELR X 2.|
|Pretensioner with force limiter.|
|Rear seat belt – 3 point with ELR & ALR X 2.|
|Instrument panel & consoles|
|Cup holder & tray.|
|Passenger cup holder.|
|Instrument panel upper box with lid.|
|Trim panel & soft trims|
|Front door trim – formed type with door pocket.|
|Rear door trim – formed type.|
|Floor mats & carpets – needle punch.|
|Vanity mirror with lid & ticket holder – driver side.|
|Vanity mirror with lid & ticket holder – passenger side.|
|Electric door mirror – black.|
|Roof spoiler with stop lamp.|
|Heater & air conditioning|
|A/C (full auto).|
|Heat & A/C control – dial type.|
|Halogen headlamps with levelling device.|
|Front room lamp.|
|Windshield wipe with variable intermittent.|
|Rear window wiper & washer.|
|Seat belt warning lamp (driver only).|
|Lighting monitor buzzer.|
|Ignition key reminder.|
|Seat belt warning buzzer.|
|AM/FM radio single MP3 CD.|
|Speakers (front speaker x 2 & front tweeter x 2).||4|
|Accessory socket on instrument panel.|
|Engine 660CC DOHC MIVEC intercooled turbo.|
|Transmission.||4 Speed Auto|
|Max power (DIN) kW @ rpm.||48 @ 6,000|
|Max torque (DIN) Nm @ rpm.||95 @ 3,000|
|Bore & stroke (mm).||65.4 x 65.4|
|Fuel consumption – l/100km.||5.4|
|CO2 – g/km.||128|
|Tank capacity (litres).||35|
|Overall length (mm).||3,395|
|Overall width (mm).||1,475|
|Overall height (mm).||1,600|
|Front track (mm).||1,310|
|Rear track (mm).||1,270|
|Kerb weight (kg).||900|
|Ground clearance (mm).||150|
|Turning radius (m).||4.5|
|Cargo capacity with rear seats up.||268 litres|
|Cargo capacity with rear seats folded down.||798 litres|