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2012 Mitsubishi i electric car has a price increase, before it goes on sale

Consumer Reports News: September 09, 2011 02:23 PM

Mitsubishi has announced an increase to the price of its upcoming “i” electric car before it even hits the market.

The new price will start at $29,195, marking a $1,135 increase over the previously announced price for the base model. A federal tax credit for electric cars will bring that down to a net cost of $21,625 out the door.

Other trim lines will include the SE for $31,125 ($23,625 after the tax credit).

Options will include a Premium package that adds Bluetooth, USB connection, a backup camera, hard-drive based navigation system, steering-wheel audio controls, and a DC fast-charge port for $2,790. A Cold Zone package includes a battery warmer and heated mirrors for $150. And two-tone paint can be had for $300.

Even after the $1,100 price increase, the “i” will still be the cheapest electric car on the market when it hits dealerships early next year.

For more in the Mitsubishi i, including additional photos, see our new car preview special section. Also, check out our guide to alternative fuels.

Eric Evarts

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