Mitsu says it will be a global model.
The announcement was made by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation CEO and president, Osamu Masuko, during his recent visit to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island. While he did not go into a lot of details, the man in charge at Mitsubishi Motors did say the ‘mini SUV EV’ will be out in around four years and will have a maximum range of approximately 400 kilometers (248 miles).
In recent years, Mitsubishi has introduced a great number of alternatively-powered concepts, so now it’s nice to hear it finally has plans to diversify its eco-friendly range of models by adding a pure electric car. In light of the fuel economy scandal, the Japanese car manufacturer certainly needs to share this type of news about its intentions towards an electrified future as a way to try and balance things out.
With Nissan buying a 34-percent stake in Mitsubishi Motors for $2.17 billion, there’s now more flexibility in terms of the hardware seeing as how Nissan is now the largest shareholder and basically has control over Mitsubishi. The tie-up is already bearing fruit, with the next-gen Navara and Triton likely to ride on the same platform. Nissan is hard at work preparing the second-gen Leaf with a range of more than 200 miles (322 km), so perhaps Mitsubishi can use some of the hardware for its future EVs.
Note: Mitsubishi all-electric eX concept pictured.