Mitsubishi Motors said the redesigned eK space and eK X Space (pronounced eK ‘cross’ Space) kei class cars would go on sale at MMC sales affiliates throughout Japan starting from 19 March.

According to the GlobalData Automotive Intelligence Center (subscription required), the new cars are built on MMC’s dedicated NMKV Kei 1 platform at the Mizushima plant and are expected to be in production until 2027 with a mid life facelift due in 2023.

MMC, which supplies kei cars on an OEM basis to Alliance partner Nissan, announced back in November 2013, with the Alliance, a proposed expansion of NMKV, their minivehicle (Japanese kei class cars) manufacturing joint venture.

The companies said at the time that they would “codevelop a new small segment car including a specific electric version that can be sold globally”.

The basis for this product would be a jointly developed kei car platform of the type popular in the Japanese domestic market.

Further details of all products, markets and manufacturing would be announced separately later.

The plug in car would be the replacement for the Mitsubishi/MMC i-MIEV but, rather than being a five-door hatchback, would be a mini-SUV.

MMC told media in October 2017 that a kei EV would not now be released until 2020.

A preview, in the form of the Super Height K-Wagon concept, was revealed at the Tokyo motor show in October 2019.

Two, rather than the expected one, production models appeared next at the Tokyo Auto Salon last January 2020.

These were the eK Space and eK X Space now confirmed for domestic market sale next month.

Each looks like a taller version of the outgoing eK Space and eK X respectively.

The new models are more or less the same vehicle but with different nose styling.

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