2019 Mitsubishi eK Wagon And eK X Kei Cars Detailed As Sales Begin In Japan

Mitsubishi’s all-new eK kei cars co-developed with Nissan have gone on sale in Japan which means we now have full details and a big photo gallery to show you.

As before, the eK lineup will consist of two models: the eK Wagon nameplate carries over but the eK Custom is replaced by the crossover-flavored eK X. There are big styling differences between the eK Wagon and the eK X, as you can see in the photo gallery.

While the eK Wagon adopts a more traditional appearance, the eK X goes for a bolder look highlighted by the Dynamic Shield front end design, sleeker LED headlights, two-tone paint schemes, as well as crossover-flavored elements such as the plastic cladding around the wheel arches, side sills, and bumpers.

2019 Mitsubishi eK Wagon

As for the interiors, they look basically the same although the eK X offers a wider range of personalization options including two-tone designs and more materials.

Based on an all-new platform co-developed with Nissan, the Mitsubishi eK share a new 0.66-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine, as mandated by the kei car rules. The power plant delivers 52 PS (51 hp) at 6,400 rpm and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft) of torque at 3,600 rpm. It is mated to a new CVT transmission and it comes with standard FWD or optional AWD.

While in the eK Wagon the engine is offered without external assistance, in the eK X it’s hooked to a hybrid system which could be a micro-hybrid solution — Mitsubishi doesn’t say it specifically. However, the system is said to improve fuel efficiency and deliver “more powerful and smoother driving performance.”

2019 Mitsubishi eK X

On the tech front, the all-new Mitsubishi eK models are available for the first time with a Mi-Pilot single-lane driver assistance system for highway driving. The tech assists operation of the accelerator, brakes and steering to mitigate stress and fatigue on longer trips. Other available systems include Active Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Grip Control, Multi Around Monitor, and Digital Rearview Mirror.

Prices in Japan start from ¥1,296,000 ($11,700) for the eK Wagon and ¥1,414,800 ($12,750) for the eK X, excluding taxes.

 

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  • no25

    Geeeez that thing is narrow. Also love how the gear shifter completely blocks the air vents. lol

    • Netsphere

      its a kei car has to be meet specific width regulations, and it will not block the vents when its in drive

  • Netsphere

    this is in the top 5 list of yankee cars, im not surprised

  • TheAmerican2point0

    I physically cringed when I saw the photo on the main page. How the hell can anyone design something that ugly??

    • Priyo

      that’s just how kei cars looks

  • Shtekeris

    I want one 😅 This is ridiculous, but ik a positive way.

  • FlameWater

    Please don’t bring this to the west, it’s too practical and well priced

    • Dennis Scipio

      Well, Kei Cars are designed for Western Markets, given it’s regulations and overall engine power.

      • Netsphere

        love your sarcasm, take an upvote

        • Dennis Scipio

          Oh no, I meant to say they “weren’t” designed.

          • FlameWater

            …weren’t designed? Because everyone needs a 800hp hellcat to go grocery shopping?

          • TheAmerican2point0

            I know I do.

          • TheAmerican2point0

            Unless you lived in the city or had no life this would be pointless. You’ll be wanting to take the gas station with you if you want to go anywhere outside of a city. With 50 horsepower it’ll be struggling at highway speeds- if it can even go anywhere near there.

          • FlameWater

            Do people drive their mopeds on the highway?

          • Netsphere

            they are actually pretty good on kpl, plus japan hw are limited to 100kmh. you’ll have a hard time breaking any speed laws unless you have cash sprouting out of @ss

          • Eythan Aldrich

            except for portions of shin-tomei expressway and tohoku expressway that are now up to 120km/h

          • Netsphere

            damn, should i take it away?

    • Ruel Lewis

      Dont forget ugly.

  • EyalN

    Renault should sell it in europe as the twingo

  • TheBelltower

    Good gawd… What does a Japanese Homer look like? Because that Mitsubishi is a Japanese Canyonero.

  • Bash

    That X looks a bit better tbh

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    They should sell these cars in the UK they would sell really well!!!

    • Sovereignty

      Except they’d never meet the draconian EU car safety laws and self-important NCAP safety tests.

  • sidewaysspin

    This may preview certain design cues of other mitsubishi’s.

  • Dennis James

    Key-chain car ?

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