Mitsubishi said it had to raise the price by about 4% because of “unforeseen changes in market conditions.” The price of the up-level SE trim increases by $1,135, too, now starting at $31,125. Despite the increases, the i will remain the most affordable electric car when it goes on sale early next year, undercutting the 2012 Nissan Leaf by $6,075.
The Cold Zone Package and the Premium Package, which includes a navigation system and the DC quick-charging port option, keep the same pricing.
The i will initially be sold in West Coast states this fall, and more markets will be added gradually with the goal of hitting all 50 states by November 2012, Mitsubishi says.
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2012 Mitsubishi I pricing (previous pricing)
- ES: $29,125 ($27,990)
- SE: $31,125 ($29,990)
- Cold Zone Package: $150 (same)
- Premium Package: $2,790 (same)