Mitsubishi eK X EV debuted as a close cousin of Nissan Sakura – 180 km range; 64 PS;

This is the new Mitsubishi EK X EV, originally a close cousin of Nissan Sakura, both an all-electric Kay car. Created and built jointly by the Nissan Mitsubishi Kei Vehicle (NMKV), the eK X EV has the same powertrain as the Sakura, although similar to the current eK X launched in 2019.

The sed powertrain has an underfloor-mounted 20 kWh, 350-volt lithium-ion battery that extends up to 180 km following WLTC standards. The battery is powered by an MM48 electric motor that drives the front wheels rated at 64 PS (63 hp or 47 kW) and 195 Nm of torque, according to the former Meeting Kee vehicle rules in Japan.

Like the Sakura, it takes eight hours to fully recharge the battery 100% using a 2.9-kW AC input (type 1 connection), or about 40 minutes to get to 80% with a 30-kW DC input (CHAdeMO connection). In addition to car-to-home (V2H), there is support for two-way loading from the car (V2L) for two-way charging so that the car can serve as an emergency power source or to get electronics if needed.

By design, the eK X EV looks almost like a carbon copy of its non-EV counterpart, with the same X-shaped face, dual-tier headlamp configuration (upper DRL, lower main), “floating roof” with partial black-out. C-column, vertical taillights and overall boxy shape.

If you look closely, there is a difference, because the upper part of the eK X EV’s grille is closed with a black trim with a silver accent. Corner fog lamps are also rectangular, instead of circular, like the internal combustion engine eK X.

It’s the same story inside, because Mitsubishi doesn’t get the pint-sized EV Sakura dashboard, but instead carries one attached to the eK X. Like the exterior, it’s not an exact replica, like the elevated console that has a gear shift lever and is designed to make the climate controls look more contemporary and similar to what you’ll find in Sakura.

Elsewhere, the digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system differ from what the eK X gets, the latter comes in seven- or nine-inch sizes depending on the variant. Both options – Base G and Top-Spec P – come with Mi-Pilot, which is called Mitsubishi’s Safety and Driver Assistance Suite.

Standard systems include autonomous emergency braking, lane exit warning and assistance, automatic high beam, pedal misalignment control and traffic sign recognition. These include passive systems such as seven airbags, vehicle stability control, ABS, EBD, front and rear parking sensors and Hill Start Assist.

Other features include LED lighting (headlamps, DRL, taillights; fog lamps in P only), black or gray fabric upholstery (synthetic leather optional), six speakers, keyless entry and start, Mitsubishi Connect (optional for G). ) As well as 14-inch (G only) or 15-inch (P only) wheels.

The two variants of the eK X EV are one less than the three of the Sakura, and the price for the G starts at 2.398 million yen (RM82,638), while the P retails at 2,932,600 yen (RM101,052). These figures are between 1.463 million and 1,688,500 yen (RM50,412 and RM58,183) outside the price range of ICE-powered eK X.

However, thanks to Japan’s subsidy for clean energy vehicles, customers will enjoy a discount of 550,000 yen (RM18,952), so the actual starting price is from 1.848 million yen (RM63,709). Eco-car and light vehicle tax schemes, as well as further reduction factors from municipal subsidies – 450,000 yen (RM15,512) in Tokyo – eK X EV could be 1.018 million yen (RM35,092))

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