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Now, if the original might be seen as a bit too small in a market where size matters, well, all you have to do is tweak things along a bit to cater it to market requirements, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a tiny tyke to begin with. So it is that Mitsubishi has done precisely that, and will be giving the North American widebody version of its i-MiEV electric vehicle its world premiere at the upcoming LA Auto Show.

Compared to the Japanese- and European-spec i-MiEVs, the US version features an enhanced and enlarged body structure to secure plenty of space for four adults and better meet the expectations of American consumers.

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Specifically, the US i-MiEV measures in at 3,680mm (length), 1,585mm (width) and 1,615mm (height), which makes it 285mm longer, 110mm wider and 5mm taller than the Japanese model. The car also features a wider tread than the Japanese model, with an increase of 110mm both at the front and back.

In addition, the US-spec i-MiEV’s front and rear bumpers are all-new. Standard equipment includes airbags that detect passengers’ seating position and control deployment force, a tyre pressure monitoring system and Active Stability Control.

Gallery after the jump

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