Minicab

1991

Minicab

The fifth-generation Minicab Van and Minicab Truck series appeared in January 1991 after their first full model change in six years. The overall development concept for the latest Minicab series was "Easy + Quality": Minicab Van to be an "easy commercial vehicle that made business easier and more fulfilling"; Minicab Truck to be an "easy commercial vehicle that made work easier and more pleasant". The Minicab series used styling that projected a functional, gutsy image while taking advantage of the larger body under the new size standards to enlarge the cab (Van 70mm longer, Truck 90mm) and extend the wheelbase (Van 140mm longer, Truck 50mm), bringing improved interior space, payload capacity, cab access, ride quality and safety. The new series also featured upgraded functional and equipment specifications, including class-first hydraulic power steering, making them more comfortable and user-friendly. The larger body made for larger door openings, while the Minicab Van became the first in its class to use a retractable rear step. With the Minicab Truck, the height of the cargo bed from the ground was lowered and the model was fitted with a function to lower the bed itself by 80mm, facilitating access and loading work. 4WD models used a new part-time four-wheel drive system which, with an auto freewheeling unit, provided better practical utility by allowing drive to be switch between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive while moving.

Overall length 3295 mm
Overall width 1395 mm
Overall height 1930 mm
Engines 657 cc