New Minica

1993

New Minica

Launched in September 1993, the New Minica (in 3- and 5-door body types), the eighth generation in the series, used gently curved surfaces to create a larger-looking body in an elegant, stable looking and distinctive design developed to a "gentle basic mini" styling theme. The rounder styling exploited the latest minicar class dimension limits to the full in lengthening the wheelbase by 20 mm. The interior at first glance appeared to be design-focused but also provided significant improvements in comfort and roominess. The 3-door body type used asymmetrically sized front doors, the smaller driver's door facilitating access in tight and narrow spaces. With its high-rigidity well-crib structure frame , the New Minica cleared occupant injury protection requirements for 40 km/h frontal impacts and was the first Japanese car to use power windows with safety mechanism. The New Minica was powered by a new 4-cylinder engine which on higher trim levels was mated to the 4-speed INVECS automatic transmission with fuzzy logic control system well proven on the Galant and a first in the K-car class. The result was quiet and smooth acceleration and a comfortable driving experience. With disc brakes on all four wheels to handle its hot performance, the Dangan-4 brand image leader used a DOHC 20-valve engine with intercooled twin-scroll turbocharger, a 5-speed manual gearbox and a full-time four-wheel driveline with hydraulic coupling unit.

Overall length 3295 mm
Overall width 1395 mm
Overall height 1475 mm
Engines 657 cc, 659 cc, 659 cc turbo