Minica

1984

Minica

The K-cars came to be reevaluated in the early 1980s for their economic benefits and the market was looking for more attractive styling, roomier interiors and better road performance. To address these requirements, the sixth-generation Minica was launched in February 1984 with a front-engine/front-drive layout - a major transformation. The FWD layout with longer wheelbase gave the new model the roomiest living space and largest luggage space in its class, both bordering on those of a 1-liter car. The company dubbed the exterior design "Sneaker-look Styling" as one of its unique selling points. This was the first model in the Minica series with a 5-door body and it also established the MacPherson strut front and 3-link rear suspension design that would be used on future generations. The Minica was powered by the new high output, low consumption and quiet 2-cylinder engine and, in a class first, an intercooled turbo model joined the lineup. A part-time four wheel drive model was added in September 1985 and an open top variant in April 1986. The Minica range was joined by a new 3-cylinder engine, 3-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4WD models in 1987. Amistar, Parsely and Marie trim levels were introduced in response to the popularity the sixth-generation Minica enjoyed among female consumers and total production topped 820,000 units.

Overall length 3195 mm
Overall width 1395 mm
Overall height 1420 mm
Engines 546 cc, 546 cc turbo