New EV built on Renault EV platform
Would be Mitsu’s first EV since i-MiEV
Is this the Mitsubishi I-MiEV two? It has been confirmed that the automaker is building a new small EV based on a Renault platform, and the built-in-France model is expected to go on sale worldwide.
The new model was confirmed, not by Mitsubishi, but by alliance partner Renault. That automaker’s boss, Luca de Meo, revealed the information during a briefing on that company’s own EV plans (via Drive Australia).
“I can confirm that Mitsubishi will produce a C-SUV EV for the world on the AmpR Medium platform, of course in Douai, and of course all electric,” said de Meo.
C-SUV means the size of the Mitsubishi ASX model sold in Europe. Or, as it’s called in Canada, the RVR. Selling an EV in that hot segment seems like a smart move, especially if the plans are to sell it “for the world” as de Meo said.
While Mitsubishi’s I-MiEV was one of the very first mass-market EVs, the company has lagged on the electric front since then. Its only model with any electrification in Canada or the U.S. is the PHEV Outlander model.
The AmpR platform is currently in use under the Renault Megane EV, and a version of it is in use with the Nissan Ariya. Those models offer up to 500 km of range on the WLTP cycle, and front or all-wheel drive. The new model is expected to arrive before 2025.