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The Mitsubishi Chariot, is a five door, five/seven seat Compact MPV produced by Mitsubishi Motors of Japan from 1983 to 2002. It was based on the SSW Concept car first exhibited at the 23rd Tokyo Motor Show in 1979, and named for the battle chariots used during the times of the Ancient Greece and Roman Empire. Internationally, it has been sold under various names, including Mitsubishi Space Wagon, Mitsubishi Nimbus and Mitsubishi Expo. The Chariot has been sold as the Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vista Wagon Captive import in North America, and also been manufactured under license as the Hyundai Santamo, Kia Carstar, and Mitsubishi Savrin in Asia.
The first generation of Chariot was produced from 1983 to 1991 with a choice of SOHC Straight-4 powerplants; the 1755 cc Mitsubishi Saturn engine or 1997 cc Mitsubishi Sirius engine Petrol engine, or the 1795 cc Mitsubishi Astron engine Turbodiesel, mated to a five-speed Manual transmission or three-speed Automatic transmission. In Australia it won the 1984 Wheels Car of the Year award in its debut year.
The second generation, from 1992 to 1997, was enlarged in every dimension, offering a longer wheelbase, and greater length, width, and height. It retained the 4G63B engine, but phased out the 4G37B and replaced the old Turbodiesel with a with a newer 1997 cc Mitsubishi Sirius engine powerplant, and in 1993 a 2350 cc Mitsubishi Sirius engine was added to the range. A five-speed manual, or four-speed auto could be specified, and in high-end models an INVECS electronically-controlled 4-speed auto with "Fuzzy logic" was also available.
The third and final generation was introduced on October 17 1997, and was larger and heavier again. It was now known in its home market as the Chariot Grandis, after the French grandiose, to emphasise the increase in the car's size and quality as it moved from a Ladder frame to Monocoque construction, using the company's Mitsubishi RISE safety body. Mitsubishi discontinued all other Straight-4 engines in favour of a single Gasoline direct injection version of the 4G64, while introducing a new 2972 cc SOHC Mitsubishi 6G engine V6 powerplant, also GDI-equipped. The INVECS-II four-speed Semi-automatic transmission became the only transmission option.
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- ↑ "The 23rd Tokyo Motor Show". Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/eng/show/history/history_23.html.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Mitsubishi Motors Launches Chariot Grandis New-generation SUV", Mitsubishi Motors press release, October 13 1997
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Used Car Review - Mitsubishi Nimbus 1984-2002", Bruce Newton, drive.com.au, May 10 2005
- ↑ "Mitsubishi Motors Releases New Grandis", Mitsubishi Motors press release, May 14 2003
- ↑ Fact & Figures 2005, Mitsubishi Motors website
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