In November 2000, the Mitsubishi Minicab Van commercial van was slightly updated. External changes mainly affected the front of the body: new bumper and headlights, a different front grille, turn signal repeaters disappeared from the wings, etc. The interior has changed the location of some controls, later modifications have become safer due to the appearance of standard airbags. The engine of the Minicab Van has not changed - the 2000-2007 van was still equipped with an atmospheric 48-horsepower three-cylinder unit.
Changes in the interior of the Minicab Van are identical to those received by its passenger counterpart Mitsubishi Town Box: the climate control panel moved higher to the place of the compartment under the radio, in the latter it was possible to install a device of size 2DIN; the location of the parking brake lever has changed, it is now habitually located between the seats to the left of the driver. As a commercial model, the Mitsubishi Minicab Van 2000-2007 has a rather Spartan interior with a predominance of painted metal inside, a primitive sheathing of the ceiling, cheap and practical trimmings from easily washable material on the floor and doors, seats with dermatine upholstery, while the rear is hard folding shop. The most inexpensive equipment offered a two- or four-seater version of the van, a high or standard roof. The maximum configuration relied on a high roof, power windows and central locking, air conditioning and power steering. In-cabin equipment was partially improved in 2005, and in 2006 a special anniversary edition (40 years of the model) was released.
For all modifications of the Mitsubishi Minicab Van, the same engine was installed as that of the base Mitsubishi Town Box, a 3-cylinder 12-valve aspirated design of SOHC, which bears the brand 3G83. Its maximum power is 48 horsepower (at 6000 rpm), and the torque reaches a value of 62 Nm (at 4000 rpm). There are four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive versions. The Minicab Van engine works in conjunction with a 5-speed manual or 3- or 4-speed automatic transmission. It is worth noting that in 2007 for some time a modification was released that could use compressed natural gas, and with dual-fuel operation, the cruising range increased to 840 km. The Mitsubishi Minicab Van suspension has a simple structure: front independent suspension, rear dependent, both spring, guaranteeing a completely comfortable ride. Brakes - disc front and drum rear. The distance between the axles is 2390 mm, and due to the small wheels with tires 145R12-6PR, the turning radius is only 4.3 meters. The external dimensions are the same as those of the Town Box model - length 3395 mm, width 1475 mm, height 1890 mm or 1785 mm with a standard roof. Despite the compactness of the body, the Minicab Van is very spacious and easy to operate, thanks to the ability to change the position of the back bench. Folding it, you can get a trunk length of 1.7 meters with a completely flat floor. The carrying capacity of the van, depending on the modification (2-4 people) is 350 or 250 kg.
Despite its utility, the Mitsubishi Minicab Van is considered quite safe. The front of the body has increased safety indicators due to the fact that the car is a one-compartment with a semi-hood layout. A driver airbag was included as standard, and for a surcharge, a passenger airbag and anti-lock braking system could be installed. But since October 2004, double airbags have become standard equipment for the van, and in 2005 a manual headlight corrector appeared in the car. A typical representative of the commercial class, Mitsubishi Minicab Van is simple and affordable. Its advantages can also be called practicality and spaciousness, high maneuverability. There are also disadvantages: a weak atmospheric engine, the car is light and unstable on the highway, has a stiffer suspension than the passenger Town Box, small wheels.
In November 2000, the Mitsubishi Minicab Truck was updated a bit. External changes mainly affected the front: new bumpers and headlights, a different front grille, turn signal repeaters disappeared from the wings, etc. The interior has changed the location of some controls, later modifications have become safer due to the appearance of standard airbags. The engine of the Minicab Truck 2000-2007 has not changed - the van was still equipped with an atmospheric 48-horsepower three-cylinder unit. The changes in the Minicab Truck interior are similar to those received by the Minicab Van and the Town Box passenger station wagon - the climate control panel moved higher to the place for the radio compartment, in the latter it was possible to install a 2DIN-sized device; the location of the parking brake lever has changed, it is now habitually located between the seats to the left of the driver. Mitsubishi Minicab Truck is distinguished by its Spartan-looking cab: hard seats with upholstery made of inexpensive material, bare painted metal, dermatin-trimmed doors with meat grinders for power windows. But with the update, the truck’s equipment became better, there were more trim levels with pre-installed air conditioning, power steering and audio system.
For all modifications, the Mitsubishi Minicab Truck (2000-2007) continued to install a 3-cylinder, 12-valve aspirated SOHC design, which bears the brand 3G83. Its maximum power is 48 horsepower (at 6000 rpm), and the torque reaches a value of 62 Nm (at 4000 rpm). There are four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive versions. The Minicab Truck engine works in conjunction with a 5-speed manual or 3- or 4-speed automatic transmission, but in September 2004 expensive TL models were canceled in order to reduce the price of the truck, where the modification with the “automatic” standardly assumed 4AT.
The front suspension of the Mitsubishi Minicab Truck is independent, such as the MacPherson, while the rear suspension is spring-loaded, perfectly adapted to cargo needs - the maximum load capacity is 350 kg. Minicab Truck brakes have disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The distance between the axles of the truck is less than that of the Minicab Van model - 2200 mm versus 2390 mm. Together with small wheels with tires 145R12-6PR this gives a minimum turning radius of only 4 meters. Ground clearance 150 mm. External dimensions almost coincide with the van - length 3395 mm, width 1475 mm, height 1775-1940 mm. On the basis of this light truck, not only airborne, but also various special modifications were produced, including dump trucks, refrigerators, etc. d.
Despite its utility and pure cargo destination, the Mitsubishi Minicab Truck is considered quite safe. The front end has enhanced safety due to the increased front overhang and semi-bonded cab layout. For a surcharge, the truck could be equipped with airbags for the driver and passenger, as well as an anti-lock braking system. In 2005, a manual headlight corrector appeared in the car.
The disadvantages of the model include a weak atmospheric engine, small wheels and a stiffer suspension. However, the truck copes with its tasks perfectly. Like its fellow van, the Mitsubishi Minicab Truck is simple and affordable. Its advantages are also practicality and sufficient carrying capacity, high maneuverability.