Mitsubishi Dignity

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The Mitsubishi Dignity, whose name was derived from "the English to describe the peerless grandeur and majestic stateliness of the model",[1] is a limousine originally manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors from late 1999 as the flagship of the company's domestic range, alongside the smaller Proudia luxury car, and was reintroduced 2012 to Japanese buyers based on the Nissan Cima. In Japan, it was sold at a specific retail chain called Galant Shop.

Series S43A (1999-2001)[edit]

series S43A
Mitsubishi Dignity front.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Production 1999–2001
Body and chassis
Class Limousine
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout front engine, front wheel drive
Related
Powertrain
Engine 4.5 L 8A80 V8
Transmission 5-speed INVECS-II automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,080 mm (121.3 in)
Length 5,335 mm (210.0 in)
Width 1,870 mm (73.6 in)
Height 1,485 mm (58.5 in)
Curb weight 2,370 kg (5,220 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Mitsubishi Debonair

The entire Proudia/Dignity range was designed by Mitsubishi Motors and co-manufactured with Hyundai of South Korea, who marketed their own version as the Hyundai Equus.[2] The Dignity was introduced as a competitor to the Nissan President and Toyota Century as the top level flagship, however Mitsubishi chose to use a transverly installed engine with front wheel drive. A Dignity is used by Prince Akishino, brother of the Emperor of Japan.[3]

The ¥9,990,000 Dignity (S43 chassis code) featured Mitsubishi's 8A80 4,498 cc V8, a 90-degree aluminium-block GDi engine producing 280 PS (206 kW) at 5000 rpm and 412 N·m (304 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm,[1] and an extension of the Proudia's exterior dimensions in order to liberate more interior space for the rear occupants; the roofline was raised by 10 mm (0.4 in) and the wheelbase by 250 mm (9.8 in). It used MacPherson struts for the front suspension and a multi-link suspension for the rear wheels. The car was equipped with several advanced features like CCD cameras to monitor adjacent lanes and behind the car, and a laser activated adaptive cruise control.[2]

Rear view of Mitsubishi Dignity

The Dignity and Proudia's combined volumes fell far shy of Mitsubishi's forecasted 300 sales per month,[1] and they were available for only fifteen months from their introduction on February 20, 2000, before Mitsubishi's financial difficulties forced the company to discontinue both models in an effort to streamline its range and reduce costs.[4] However, the Hyundai Equus proved more commercially successful and would remain in production until replaced in 2008.[5]

Production and sales[edit]

Year Production Sales
1999 15 -
2000 42 45
2001 2 3


Series BHGY51 2012-current[edit]

Series BHGY51
Mitsubishi Dignity BHGY51.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 2012-present
Body and chassis
Class Limousine
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive
Related
Powertrain
Engine 3.5 L Nissan VQ35HR V6 (hybrid)
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,050 mm (120.1 in)
Length 5,095 mm (200.6 in)
Width 1,845 mm (72.6 in)
Height 1,510 mm (59.4 in)
Curb weight 1,950 kg (4,300 lb)

Mitsubishi decided to resurrect the Dignity name using the reintroduced Nissan Cima name to Japanese customers only starting April 26, 2012.[6]

The second generation is slightly taller, but narrower and shorter, and is lighter by 200 kg (440 lb) over the previous model. This generation is the first hybrid car offered by Mitsubishi vehicles in Japan, and it complied with the 2005 emission standard, achieving a 75% reduction level over the previous model, and achieving the March 27, 2003 Japanese Governments fuel economy standards. While the Dignity is only offered with one engine option, the Nissan "Pure Drive/Hybrid" badge is not installed, and it differs cosmetically from the Cima on which it is based. Many items offered on the Dignity are carried over from the Cima, including the lattice rear retractable window screen. Also, Garnet Black Pearl body color are not offered on the Dignity, with Mitsubishi offering a different paint color. The Dignity is offered in only one trim package, called the "VIP", which is equalivant to the Nissan Cima HYBRID VIP G (series HGY51), however the Dignity is not available with AWD, while the Cima is. The term "VIP" reflects a high status car in Japan. Prices have been reduced from its predecessor by ¥1,590,000. Nissan's GPS navigation system called CarWings is also included.

2012 Mitsubishi Dignity limousine rear


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Proudia & Dignity: Luxury sedan and limousine models" (Press release). Mitsubishi Motors. 1999-12-20. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Mitsubishi's new flagships", Jack Yamaguchi, Automotive Engineering International Online, March 2000
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a1upvO2E4k Video evidence of Mitsubishi Dignity transporting Prince Akishino (Japanese)
  4. ^ "Streamlining of production capacity and model portfolio", MMC press release, March 28, 2001
  5. ^ "Future Vehicles Preview: 2008 Hyundai Equus Large Sedan", Inside Line, edmunds.com
  6. ^ http://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.jp/proudia_dignity/index.html

(Sources: Fact & Figures 2000, Fact & Figures 2005, Mitsubishi Motors website)