Minica

1989

Minica

The seventh-generation Minica was launched in January 1989 after a development process that involved styling input by 350 Mitsubishi female employees and other opinion holders as the design team targeted the female owners who accounted for over 60 percent of the K-car market. The result was a body with rounder, cuter and more modern styling distinguished by its large rear gate glazing which wrapped up into the roof. Joining the new 3- and 5-door lineup, the "1:2-door" model that gave shape to the wish for better safety by providing a rear door on the passenger side only to prevent child occupants jumping out into the road. Other features assuring safety included class-first cornering lamps. Later the Minica Dangan performance model powered by the world's first DOHC 5-valve with four-wheel car and intercooled turbo engine (64PS), was added to the lineup. The range was also joined by several models boasting cutting-edge technologies, including the world’s first fulltime four-wheel drive with Hydraulic Coupling Uint , as well as electronically controlled power steering. In January 1990 K-car regulations were changed allowing a 100 mm increase in overall length and a 110 cc increase in engine displacement. The company launched a new Minica in March 1990 to take advantage of these changes, with a 70 mm increase in body length and 30 mm increase in bumper length for a 100 mm increase in overall length to give improved safety as well as interior and luggage space. The new Minica was powered by the same 3-cylinder engine but with bored out cylinders and a longer stroke to increase displacement to 660 cc and delivered performance on a par with a compact class car. The Dangan DOHC intercooled turbo model was registered under the new regulations in August of the same year.

Overall length 3195 mm
Overall width 1395 mm
Overall height 1465 mm
Engines 548 cc, 548 turbo