Minica Ami L

1981

Minica Ami L

With demand for K-cars growing rapidly, Mitsubishi Motors developed the fifth iteration Minica series in response to the call for more modern styling, better fuel consumption, easier handling and better interior comfort. The Minica Ami L was introduced in September 1981, now sporting the maximum 3195 mm overall length permitted by the regulations, 100 mm more than its predecessor the Ami 55, and with the wheelbase extended by 50 mm to 2050 mm. Around this time, K-vans styled to look like passenger models ignited an explosive boom in sales because K-van classification meant lower vehicle taxes. In response to this, Mitsubishi Motors launched at the same time as the Ami L a bonnet-type van which shared the Ami L's body, calling it the Minica Econo. The new Minica series was characterized by elegant styling that used rectangular headlamps and oversize plastic bumpers and was powered by the 2-cylinder 4-stroke water-cooled engine with Silent Shaft balance technology. An automatic transmission was available on all models for the first time. March 1983 saw the addition of the Minica Ami L Turbo, the first turbocharged K-car in Japan, boasting a power output of 39 PS.

Overall length 3195 mm
Overall width 1395 mm
Overall height 1345 mm
Engines 546 cc