Minica Toppo BJ

1998

Minica Toppo BJ

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, a new generation of the Minica Toppo was launched in October 1998 alongside new Pajero Mini and Minica models. The latest iteration lost the Minica designation and became Toppo BJ (Big Joy), the variant name pointing to the fact that this K-space utility wagon had a front visage very different from the Minica. It was 100mm longer and 80mm wider than its predecessor. Power was delivered by either a new 3-cylinder MVV (Mitsubishi Vertical Vortex) engine or a 65PS 4-cylinder intercooled turbo engine. The Toppo BJ used Mitsubishi Motors' RISE impact safety body structure. The packaging exploited its tallboy stance and extensive glazing area to provide an open and airy interior that gave four adults generous living space and a high eye point. The fully reclining front seats and reclining rear seats realize a comfortable living space. The split rear seatback enabled variety of seat arrangements.
The tailgate had an opening glass hatch making for easier loading of items. A luggage floor box, overhead console and other storage spaces were also included. In 1999, the Toppo BJ Wide, sporting an oversize front bumper, overfenders and a 1.1L engine, was added to the lineup.

Overall length 3395 mm
Overall width 1475 mm
Overall height 1740 mm
Engines 657 cc, 659 cc turbo