Minica

1998

Minica

Reflecting the changes in the regulations governing K-car category (overall length increased from 3.3 m to 3.4 m, overall width from 1.4 m to 1.48 m) in Japan, the Minica evolved into its ninth-generation in October 1998, 100mm longer and 80mm wider. Sporting somewhat straighter lines than its predecessor, the new iteration provided a generous living space clothed in chic European-taste styling with its tailgate cut off almost at right angles to the extensive side glazing. To a "Simple-to-use basic sedan" product theme, priority was given to creating a vehicle that, offering outstanding economy and utility, just right for commuting or for shopping. Power was provided by a new 3-cylinder MVV (Mitsubishi Vertical Vortex) lean-burn engine to offer very low consumption. The Minica adopted Mitsubishi Motors' RISE impact safety body structure which, in compliance with the company's own safety standards, provided improved omnidirectional collision safety. The safety specification included a driver's SRS airbag, rear child seat anchor. Comfort equipment included a Clean Air Filter as well as antibacterial steering wheel and shifter knob. December 1999 saw the launch of the Minica-based Pistachio low fuel consumption model using a 1.1L GDI engine and AS&G idling stop. The 50 units of this limited edition variant were sold to local authorities and public utilities.

Overall length 3395 mm
Overall width 1475 mm
Overall height 1510 mm
Engines 657 cc