Minica F4

1972

Minica F4

Spurred by the enactment of the Air Pollution Control Act passed by the Japanese government, Mitsubishi Motors launched the third-generation Minica, Minica F4 powered by a new 4-stroke water-cooled engine in October 1972. The F4 designation pointed to the model's family-use orientation and to its 4-stroke engine. The styling took its cue from the Japanese scarab beetle and was developed to give it as friendly an appearance as possible. Larger doors facilitated access to and from the rear seats. The Minica F4 was powered by the new 4-stroke water-cooled engine which incorporated the Mitsubishi Clean Air (MCA) system that optimized fuel combustion for cleaner emissions. The Minica F4's major distinguishing feature was its sash-less rear window that opened up like a tailgate to make loading and unloading easier. Its front-engine/rear-wheel drive layout gave it a generous pedal layout and a slight degree of understeer while the use of fully reclining front seats was another example of the effort that had gone into making the Minica F4 easy to drive.

Overall length 2995mm
Overall width 1295mm
Overall height 1315mm
Engine 359cc