Mitsubishi Motors is a Japanese automotive giant that has produced cars since 1970. Mitsubishi has established itself as one of the automotive giants that have a reputation for making cars that are robust, efficient, reliable, dependable workhorses, and comfortable.
There are many great brands that have come out of Mitsubishi’s production line since its inception. In this article, we will briefly take a look at 10 of the most popular Mitsubishi models being sold by BE FORWARD to understand what makes them popular.
Please read through to get enlightened.
Mitsubishi Canter (Truck)
The Mitsubishi Canter truck is available in two (light duty and medium duty) types of cabin and six wheelbases ranging from 2.8m to 4.75m, which allows bodies of up to 7.2m long to be installed.
The payload for the light-duty Canter is 3.5 tons (7.5-tonne GVW) offering a significant advantage if the payload is the key criteria.
Canters are available as light flatbeds, 3 to 6-ton tippers, and 4×4’s to 7-seater crew cabs.
The 3.5 tons Canter comes with a choice of two engine options, both are versions of the 3.0-liter, four-cylinder Euro 6 diesel engine from Fiat, producing 150HP and 175HP of power 273 lb. ft and 317 lb. ft torque respectively. These engines are attached to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed Duonic dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Mitsubishi Rosa (Bus)
The Mitsubishi Rosa debuted in the 1960s based on the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter and has evolved since. The Rosa is a light-duty bus with the capacity of accommodating 22 to 25 passengers.
The Fuso Rosa is available in three trims, the Rosa Deluxe 22-seater, Rosa Deluxe 25-seater, and Rosa Standard 25-seater.
The latest Rosa comes fitted with a turbocharged 3.0-liter 4P10 Euro 6 diesel engine that produces 173HP and 317 lb. ft of torque. This engine is attached to a six-speed Duonic automated transmission with manual or automatic modes or five-speed manual.
The Rosa is built with great emphasis on safety. Some of the standard safety features include electronic stability control, 3 point seatbelts for all occupants, anti-skid disc brakes, driver airbag, passenger airbag, reversing camera, lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking system, and height-adjustable LED headlamps.
The automatic emergency braking system uses radar sensors to detect and help avoid possible collisions with both moving and stationary objects, such as pedestrians and vehicles.
Mitsubishi Canter Guts (Truck)
The Mitsubishi Canter Guts is the newest member of the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck lineup that was released in 2004. The Canter Guts was introduced to cater for the small payload category as a 1.5-tonne truck, hence increasing the Mitsubishi Fuso payload class coverage.
The Canter Gut comes fitted with a 2.0-liter (4G63) 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine that produces 109 hp and 114 lb. ft of torque or a turbocharged 3.0-liter (ZD30DDTi) 4-cylinder DOHC diesel engine that produces 110 hp and 204 lb. ft, with both engines complying to the current emission levels regulations. These engines are attached to either a four-speed automatic, five-speed manual, or six-speed automatic mechanical transmission.
The Canter Gut has its gear shifter fitted on the dash which has proved very so popular since its introduction as it allows unrestricted movement from side to side of the cab.
The 2WD Short Body Canter Gut is easy to handle on narrow roads and sharp curves in urban areas, it delivers an outstanding smooth turning. It was the first truck in the 1.5-ton payload class light-duty truck segment to achieve a 4.2-meter minimum rotation radius.
Mitsubishi Outlander (SUV)
Mitsubishi Outlander is a mid-sized SUV produced by Mitsubishi Motors. The Outlander has been well received in different markets and is one of the success stories for the Japanese maker.
The medium SUV is offered in several trims and specification range, beginning with the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder version up to the smart and luxurious PHEV model. In 2017 the outlander was upgraded with the standard model now becoming a seven-seater.
The Outlander comes with a standard 2.0-liter (4B11) 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine that produces 155 hp and 147 lb. ft of torque or a 2.4-liter (4B12) 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine that produces 170 hp and 167 lb. ft of torque. These engines were also used in the plugged-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Power to the wheels was transferred via a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Mitsubishi Pajero (SUV)
The Mitsubishi Pajero has been around for about 40 years and is currently in its fourth generation. The Pajero is built on a body-on-frame construction making it a capable off-roader. The Pajero is available in long and short-wheelbase.
The 4th generation Pajero comes with a standard 3.0-liter (6G72) 6-cylinder petrol engine that produces 185 hp and 195 lb. ft of torque or a 3.2-liter (4M41) 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 165 hp and 276 lb. ft of torque. These engines transfer power to the wheels via a five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, or five-speed automatic.
The interior of the Pajero is chunky with a few high-quality materials and a utilitarian layout. The dashboard is upright, the center console has a pair of gear selectors on the transmission tunnel with fake wood veneers finishing. The seats are nice and comfortable, with the option of a 5 or 7 seat arrangement.
Mitsubishi RVR (SUV)
The Mitsubishi RVR is a car that was manufactured from 1991 to 2002 followed by a brief 8 years hiatus, then production resumed in 2010 to the present.
The 1st and 2nd generations RVR were MPVs while the 3rd generation is a subcompact crossover SUV.
The RVR comes fitted with a 1.8-liter (4B10) 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 143 hp and 131 lb. ft of torque, or a 1.8-liter (4J10) 4-cylinder MIVEC petrol engine that produces 139 hp and 127 lb. ft of torque. Power to the wheels is transferred via a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic.
The RVRs cabin is clean, smart, and uncluttered. Control buttons are placed within the driver’s reach. The easy-to-read eight-inch touch screen in the center console is a welcome incentive.
The RVR is a 5-seat car that has a spacious interior offering great leg, knee, and foot room for all passengers.
Mitsubishi Pajero iO (SUV)
Mitsubishi has introduced a mini sport utility vehicle model in 1998, with productions halted in 2007. They named the car Pajero iO being a mini version of the bigger Pajero. The Pajero iO offers serious off-roading prowess thanks to a combination of decent ground clearance, a low range transfer case, and an impressive “Super Select” four-wheel-drive system.
The Pajero is available as a three-door short wheelbase (SWB) or a five-door long-wheelbase (LWB) version. They come fitted with either turbocharged/naturally aspirated 1.8-liter (4G93) or 2.0-liter (4G94) 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engines that produce 140 hp and 145 hp consecutively. These engines transfer power to the wheels via a manual or automatic transmission.
The Mitsubishi iO offers a fairly basic seating arrangement with adequate head, shoulder, and legroom at the front. The rear seat is flat and bench-like designed to accommodate three, but two will be much comfortable. The rear-seat legroom is a bit limited, tall people will struggle seating at the rear.
Egressing and ingressing to the rear and front compartments are fairly good, with overhead grab handles provided on all of the four-door openings to assist and provide comfort while off-roading.The Mitsubishi iO offers a fairly basic seating arrangement with adequate head, shoulder, and legroom at the front. The rear seat is flat and bench-like designed to accommodate three, but two will be much comfortable. The rear-seat legroom is a bit limited, tall people will struggle seating at the rear.
Egressing and ingressing to the rear and front compartments are fairly good, with overhead grab handles provided on all of the four-door openings to assist and provide comfort while off-roading.
Mitsubishi Pajero Mini (SUV)
The Mitsubishi Pajero Mini is a Kei car produced by Mitsubishi Motors between 1994 and 2012. The Pajero Mini is only available as a three-door four-seater mini off-road SUV.
The Mitsubishi Pajero Mini doesn’t offer much in terms of power, due to the restrictions of the Kei car engines. The Mini has been fitted with a variety of the 0.7-liter (4A30) four-cylinder engines, with turbocharged and naturally-aspirated. The most power you can get out of these engines is 63 hp and 72 lb-ft. from the turbocharged version. These engines are attached to a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmission, with the option of 4WD.
The Pajero Mini due to its dimensions is so limited when it comes to interior space but still manages to offer adequate headroom and legroom for the driver and front passenger, while the rear seat occupants get limited legroom, headroom, and shoulder room.
Mitsubishi Mini Cab Truck
Mitsubishi Minicab truck is a cab-over Kei vehicle manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors in Japan from 1966 to 2014 and as a rebadged Suzuki Carry from 2014 to the present. The Minicab is available as a 2WD or 4WD
The Minicab comes fitted with a 0.7-liter (RO6A) 3-cylinder DOHC petrol engine that produces 54 hp power and 56 lb-ft torque. The engine transfers power to the wheels via a three-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. The Minicab has a very small turning radius that makes you drive smoothly, even on narrow roads, even when loaded heavily.
The Minicabs cabin is basic and is so to keep the prices low. The seats are covered with grey vinyl-clad, the windows are manually operated and the factory stereo is an AM/FM radio with a single integrated speaker.
Mitsubishi Fighter (Truck)
The Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter is a medium-duty commercial truck produced by MFTBC formerly a Mitsubishi company now a Daimler AG company in Japan since 1984.
The Fighter is a cabover truck that has a capacity of hauling loads with payloads between 4-ton and 7-ton. The fighter comes in different wheelbases and is fitted with various types of bodies such as dump trucks (tippers), box bodies, flatbeds, curtain siders, refrigerated bodies, concrete mixers, cranes, and more.
The Fuso Fighter comes fitted with a turbocharged 7.5-liter (6M60) six-cylinder in-line OHC flour-valve Euro-5 diesel engine that produces 270 hp and 578 lb-ft. Power to the wheels is transferred via a five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, or six-speed transmission and a 6×2 or 6×4 configuration.
It is very difficult to talk about the history Japanese Automotive industry and be able to leave Mitsubishi Motors out of the subject. Mitsubishi Motors is and has been a significant player in the Japanese auto and has pioneered several technologies in the global auto market since the 1960s. We have taken a brief look at 10 models from the Mitsubishi production lines which are all great vehicles in their respective cycles. In case you need more details on any individual model please visit the BE FORWARD BLOG where we have covered some of these models in detail, but also if you want to buy any of these models, please visit our site BE FORWARD and search for your vehicle from our extensive list.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya