Minicab

1999

Minicab

Reflecting the changes in the regulations governing K-car category (overall length increased from 3.3m to 3.4m, overall width from 1.4m to 1.48m) in Japan, the Minicab underwent a full model change in January 1999, creating the sixth generation of the series, with a semi-cab shape design. At 100mm longer, 80mm wider and with a wheelbase extended to 2390mm (2200mm for the Truck), the effective increase in crumple zone size saw the Minicab clearing domestic collision safety standards. A new 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Vertical Vortex (MVV) lean-burn engine returned excellent fuel economy and environmental performance as well as delivering torqueful and smooth power across the full rev range. Suspension was by MacPherson strut at the front and by 3-link with coil (leaf spring with live axle for the Truck) at the rear. The Minicab had disc brakes at the front. The lineup included models with 4-speed automatic transmission and with Easy Select part-time 4WD that allowed the driver to switch between 2WD and 4WD at the touch of a button. With the rear seats folded down, Minicab Van boasted a cargo space with class-topping volume as well as a flat and easy to use floor. The large tailgate opening and sliding rear doors were other features that made Minicab a user-friendly and highly functional vehicle.

Van
Overall length 3395 mm
Overall width 1475 mm
Overall height 1890 mm
Engines 657 cc