Carisma

1996

Carisma

The Carisma was a 4-door sedan built by NedCar BV, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Motors, Volvo and the Netherlands' government. Sold in Holland, Germany, Belgium, the UK, Austria and other European markets, a right-hand drive version was imported into Japan and went on sale in October 1996. Developed to a "Genuine European comfort" theme, the Carisma used rational packaging to provide a level of comfort, with emphasis on leg and head room. The Japan market model was powered by the 1.8L 16-valve engine that was well received in the European specification lineup. Suspension was by MacPherson strut at the front and by a multi-link arrangement at the rear. Together with a stiffer body resulting from the addition of reinforcements to side members, side sills and pillars, the Carisma delivered a well-balanced mix of the drivability, cornering, braking and other driving dynamics sought by European drivers. European-nurtured convenience specification included an interconnected door and trunk locking system, stepless seatback reclining adjustment and an internal profile key. In October 1997, a 1.8L GDI powered model with SRS side airbags as standard was added to increase its competitiveness.

Overall length 4450 mm
Overall width 1695 mm
Overall height 1405 mm
Engines 1.8 L