|Mitsubishi MR platform
The rear suspension of the Mitsubishi i
as seen in cutaway, showing the engine behind the rear seats and under the floor of the rear hatch storage area, just ahead of the rear axle.
|Body and chassis
||2,550–2,600 mm (100.4–102.4 in)
The Mitsubishi MR platform is an automobile platform first developed by Mitsubishi Motors in 2003 for their Mitsubishi i kei car. The name is derived from the Mid-engined, Rear-wheel drive ("MR") configuration, which locates the powertrain behind the rear seat and just ahead of the rear axle. This allows for a longer wheelbase and a consequently more spacious interior without compromising crash-worthiness or fuel economy.
The company has also used the platform in several of its concept cars, particularly those using alternative propulsion. The i-Concept and Se-Ro were the first publicly exhibited vehicles to use the MR platform, as they previewed the production version of the i at motor shows in advance of the car's release. Since then, the Concept-CT, i-MiEV, and i MiEV Sport battery electric concept cars all exploited the MR platform.
- ^ "Development of “i” Concept Test Car for 2003 IAA and 2003 Tokyo Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors Technical Review 2004 no.16, pp.29-30
- ^ ""i" Concept Test Car", Mitsubishi Motors website
- ^ "Mitsubish Sero concept for the Tokyo Motor Show", Car Design News, October 16, 2003
- ^ "Mitsubishi Motors Lineup at 2006 North American International Auto Show", Mitsubishi Motors press release, January 10, 2006
- ^ "Mitsubishi Motors builds new research EV, "i MiEV" for joint research with power companies", Mitsubishi Motors press release, October 11, 2006
- ^ "Mitsubishi Motors lineup at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors press release, September 7, 2007