Mitsubishi Minicab (Mitsubishi L100)

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Mitsubishi Minicab is a Kei truck and microvan designed and produced by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. It was launched for the first time in 1966 and since then it has been in production.

First Generation

In 1966, the first generation Minicab cab-over pickup truck was introduced by Mitsubishi as a replacement of 360 (Minica sedan). The Minicab shared its engine with the sedan, i.e. an air cooled 2-stroke 359cc engine. The Minicab offered three cargo gates on three sides for easy loading and unloading. The van variant of Minicab was appeared in 1986.

Second Generation

The second generation model was appeared in 1971 as Minicab El featuring a new interior as well as a longer cargo bed. The front wishbone and rear leaf spring suspension offered a smooth driving experience. In 1972, a panel cab was launched and in the same year, a new water-cooled 2G10 engine variant was also introduced renaming the vehicle as Minicab W.

Third Generation

The third generation Minicab was released in 1977. In complying to the new tax regulations, the Minicab Wide 55 came with an increased width and length and also featured a new large engine, i.e. 471 cc. some of the other features added in the lineup include a windscreen defroster, a central console box and a central ventilation system. The ‘Wide 55’ in name was used to express the enlarged size and engine capacity of the vehicle which was then removed in 1981. The new model came with a rear window wiper, electronic locking rear gate and power brakes. A double-walled construction was introduced in the Flat-Floor Van model in 1983. The third generation model was marketed in some export markets as Mitsubishi L100, like Chile. However, in the Chinese market, the third generation model was produced and marketed under Shenwei SYW 1010 and the Wuling LZ 110 names.

Fourth Generation

In 1984, the fourth generation model was launched. The main emphasis was given to improve the personal leisure activities besides enhancing the commercial applications of the Minicab. Styling features were enhanced with an introduction of angular headlamps. Visibility was improved by introducing larger windows. Fifteen different variants were produced by Mitsubishi both front and all wheel drive with ten separate truck variants. Some of the important features offered in fourth generation model include an automatic free-wheel hub on all 4-wheel drive versions and turning radius of 3.7 meters (12.1 feet) in all 2-wheel drive versions. In 1987, the Minicab became the first supercharged Kei car. In Chinese market, the commercial version of fourth generation Minicab was marketed as the Wuling LZW 1010 and as Wuling LZW 6330 for passenger version.

Fifth Generation

The fifth generation Minicab was a completely redesigned version launched in 1991. It was introduced as result of reviewed tax regulations that allowed an increased external dimensions and engine displacement for Kei cars. Mitsubishi offered three new 660 cc engines in fifth generation model including: a 4-valve SOHC unit, a 5-valve DOHC unit and a 2-valve SOHC unit.

Sixth Generation

In 1999, the sixth generation Minicab was launched with a new semi-front design. A wagon version was also released in April 1999 as Town Box.

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