Minicab Wide 55

1977

Minicab Wide 55

The Minicab 5 was launched with only increase in size of engine tentatively up to 471cc reflecting the new K-class standards introduced in 1976, while its vehicle size remained from the previous specification.
To take full advantage of the new standards, the Minicab Wide 55 was launched just a year later in March 1977. The Minicab Wide 55 was powered by a new 546 cc 4-stroke engine using Mitsubishi Motors' Silent Shaft balance technology to deliver the kind of smooth and gutsy performance normally found in a larger size class of light commercial vehicle. The Minicab Wide 55 used the new K-class standards to the full, bringing in body dimensions of 1395 mm wide and 3195 mm long for the Truck and 3155 mm for the Van body types and with new styling that gave it an assured stable appearance. The Minicab Wide 55 Van responded to the increasing diversification in demand for K-vans with the introduction of a Hi-Roof model in 1980 and the addition of a rear wiper, a tailgate with solenoid locking and other equipment in 1981. With the market now considered to be aware of the model meeting the new K-class standards, Wide 55 was removed from the nameplate and the series reverted to the Minicab name. In 1982, the MCA-Jet engine and a four-wheel drive model were added to the lineup and a silent chain transfer case adopted to drive the front wheels.

Minicab 5 Van
Overall length 3060mm
Overall width 1295mm
Overall height 1600mm
Engine 471cc
Minicab Wide 55 Van
Overall length 3155mm
Overall width 1395mm
Overall height 1640mm
Engine 546cc