High compact minivans have become a new trend in the market of light compact cars. We can say that eK Wagon was the product of this trend. eK Wagon was launched in 2001. This model was created in record time as a result of the collaboration of Mitsubishi with Daimler Chrysler. From the moment of creation of the first drawings to transformation into a final product, only 21 months passed. The name of the car eK reads “i-kei” - this is a combination of the first letters of two Japanese words: “good” (in Japanese it sounds like “i”, t. e. the first letter “and” corresponds to the English “e”) and “easy” (in Japanese: “kay”). It is set in motion by a 0.7-liter 50-horsepower engine, usual for key cars, in combination with an “automatic”. There are versions with 4WD.
The only one in its class, the Mitsubishi eK Wagon is equipped with a central instrument panel, a shift knob on the steering column and a continuous, adjustable bench-type front seat. The rear seats are also quite comfortable. At the start of the model in 2001, two trim levels were proposed: M and M X package. In the database: air conditioning, power windows and central locking, optional wood-trim, fog lights and rear wiper, body kit and rear spoiler, navigation system. The more expensive version is standardly equipped with a 13-inch cast, a spoiler and a rear wiper. Later, Black Interior Edition, Blue Style Edition, M20 Thanks Edition and Sound Beat Edition packages were added for fans of special offers, and among the options offered for them were special head restraints, a high-quality AM + FM / MD / audio system 2DIN CD with 4 speakers (2 front and 2 rear), electrically folding mirrors, special design details, etc.
The Mitsubishi eK Wagon uses a simple mechanism: a 3-cylinder 12-valve SOHC engine + a 3-speed automatic transmission, and in 2003, the eK Wagon introduced a 4-speed automatic transmission. The engine, labeled 3G83, gives a maximum power of 50 horsepower (6500 rpm) and a maximum torque of 62 Nm (4000 rpm). The car was produced in front-wheel or all-wheel drive (4WD FULLTIME) version. The gasoline consumption of the single-drive is 5.2 liters per 100 kilometers, and the all-wheel drive modification consumes 5.6 liters per 100 kilometers. The size of the fuel tank meets the needs of this car - 30 liters. When developing the design of the chassis, the engineers managed simple solutions - an independent front suspension with MacPherson struts, and a rear suspension on trailing arms. Due to the low center of gravity, the car behaves perfectly on the road, which is confirmed by tests conducted in the USA. Steering - rack type with an amplifier. The design of the brake system is also without surprises - disk mechanisms on the front axle and drum mechanisms on the rear. The wheelbase of this micro-station wagon has a size of 2340 mm, and the turning radius is only 4.4 meters. Interior dimensions: 1830 x 1220 x 1280 mm (L x W x H). The trunk of the eK Wagon is small in size - this is understandable, given that the car is only 3.4 m long. In order to carry more things, you can fold the rear seat backs down - they add up to 50:50 (four-seater), but not on a flat floor, but with a small step. Mitsubishi eK Wagon 2001-2004 safety systems standardly include two front airbags (for the driver and passenger), three-point belts (front with tensioners and limiters), side protection in the doors. An optional anti-lock braking system with a brake assist system and a brake force distribution system was optionally offered. In the M + X trim levels (September 2002), an ABS package was included in standard equipment. The most striking feature is that, having the appearance of a high station wagon, this car has a height of only 1,550 mm. Nevertheless, its dimensions make it possible to easily enter a parking lot for small cars (2-level street parking in Japan is a widespread phenomenon). Even a tall person can comfortably accommodate in the cabin of this car. By the way, it is noted that this station wagon was created as a result of a thorough survey of users. Advantages of the car: ease of operation, economy, it is convenient for shopping, easy to maintain, good ground clearance. Disadvantages - cramped rear, poor insulation, tight short-stroke suspension, weak engine. The manufacturer offered other versions of the station wagon - eK Classy (in a classic design) and a model where a couple of “aspirated” was a more powerful turbo engine - eK Sport and an “off-road version” eK Active.