Chariot

1983

Chariot

When Mitsubishi Motors showed the Mitsubishi SSW (Super Space Wagon) front-engine/ front-drive 7-seats in 3 rows concept car as a show model at the 1979 Tokyo Motor Show it stirred a lot of interest. This persuaded the company to launch in February 1983 the first-generation Chariot which would one of the pioneers of three-row minivans. The Chariot was slightly larger than the SSW and combined sedan-like drivability with the superior interior space of a cab-over wagon. The name was taken from the French for the two-wheel chariots used in ancient Greece to indicate that the Chariot was a car that sported high mobility and displayed the pride shown by those warriors. Maximizing the open and airy interior, the Chariot offered a number of seating arrangements including one in which a mechanism allowed the 2-row seatbacks to be rotated in direction so that they faced the 3rd row seats. Both 2nd and 3rd row seats could also be folded flat. Optionally available was an overhead audio system and these and other novel ideas ideally suited a car which was creating a new genre. The 2.0L model added in June 1984 used a part-time four-wheel driveline with a push-button selector making it a simple task to change between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Later that year in October, the series was joined by a dieselturbo engine model and in November by the Chariot Los Andes with a full-feature ski specification. The Chariot was offered in a wide range of specifications fitting to its multi-purpose qualities.

Overall length 4295 mm
Overall width 1640 mm
Overall height 1525 mm
Engines 1.6 L, 1.8 L