Chariot Grandis

1997

Chariot Grandis

The popular Chariot underwent its first full model change in six years and was launched in October 1997 as the Chariot Grandis, a high-end space utility wagon for the new generation. The Grandis variant name derived from the French "grandiose" and was added to indicate that, as the third-generation model, the Chariot had been reborn in a larger, tougher and more dependable form. The exterior used styling that boldly pared away the front corners to impart a look of strength and high quality while at the same time making the car more maneuverable. Inside, a new in-dash shift lever allowed better walk-thro access to the rear compartment as well as providing a sportier shift feeling akin to that of a floor mounted shifter. With its Japanese standard-size body dimensions providing a generously roomy interior, the Chariot Grandis was offered as a six-seat model alongside the seven-seat configuration of its predecessor. With reclining, tip up, tumble forward and a long fore-aft slide travel adjustability, the seating pattern could be flexibly tailored to cater to various occupant and luggage requirements. The powertrain on all models comprised a new 2.4L GDI engine mated to the INVECS-II Sport Mode 4-speed automatic transmission. The new model also boasted an improved safety specification that included the use of Mitsubishi Motors' RISE impact safety body and SRS airbags for driver and front passenger. The 3.0L V6 GDI powered Royal series was added to the lineup in October 1999.

Overall length 4585 mm
Overall width 1775 mm
Overall height 1650 mm
Engines 2.4 L