Mitsubishi Space Star

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This article is about the mini MPV produced between 1998 and 2005. For the subcompact car produced since 2012, see Mitsubishi Mirage.
Mitsubishi Space Star
Mitsubishi Space Star front 20080228.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
Production 1998–2005
Assembly Born, Netherlands (NedCar)
Body and chassis
Class Mini MPV
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Related Mitsubishi Carisma
Mitsubishi RVR
Powertrain
Engine 1.3 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.8 L I4 (petrol)
1.9 L I4 (diesel)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,500 mm (98.4 in)
Length 4,030 mm (158.7 in) (1998–2002)
4,050 mm (159.4 in) (2002–2005)
Width 1,715 mm (67.5 in)
Height 1,515 mm (59.6 in)
Curb weight 1,160 kg (2,557 lb)

The Mitsubishi Space Star is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi from 1998 to 2005. It was built at the NedCar factory in the Netherlands and was primarily sold in the European markets.

In 2013, Mitsubishi began selling the sixth generation Mirage supermini under the Space Star name in parts of Europe, owing to legal rights relating to the use of the Mirage nameplate.[1]

Overview[edit]

2002 Mitsubishi Space Star facelift

The Space Star shared its platform with the Mitsubishi Carisma and Volvo S40/V40. It was first introduced to the market in the fall of 1998, replacing the Mitsubishi Space Runner. Production of the Space Star stopped in 2005.

Since the car's introduction to the market its visual appearance stayed almost identical and it only received a minor facelift in 2002. In 2001 the Space Star was crash tested by EuroNCAP and received a three-star rating for the safety of its adult passengers and a two-star rating for the safety of pedestrians.

The base Space Stars were equipped with 1.3 litre petrol engines with a maximum output of 80–84 horsepower (60–63 kW). The other gasoline-powered engines were a 1.6 litre with 97 hp (72 kW) and a 1.8 litre with 112 hp (84 kW). A model equipped with a 1.8 litre GDI engine with 121 hp (90 kW) was available until its discontinuation in 2002. Diesel engines were the 1.9 L DI-D with 101 hp (75 kW), introduced in 2002, and the 1.9 L DI-D S version with 115 hp (86 kW), released in 2003. All engines are straight-4 engines.

Nameplate reintroduction[edit]

Main article: Mitsubishi Mirage
2012 Mitsubishi Mirage, marketed in Europe as the Mitsubishi Space Star

The sixth generation Mitsubishi Mirage, released in 2012, is rebadged as the Mitsubishi Space Star in the European markets. It is a supermini car, in five-door hatchback body style, powered by a three-cylinder petrol engine.

Production and sales figures[edit]

Year Production Sales
1998 13,645 n/a
1999 58,871 n/a
2000 30,116 38,164
2001 44,908 42,987
2002 46,824 44,957
2003 57,090 42,392
2004 24,315 30,584
2005 - 10,193
-2006

(Production, sales sources: Facts & Figures 2000, Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2007, Mitsubishi Motors website)

2013 Mitsubishi Spacestar 3A90 1.0 Cleartec Engine

References[edit]

  1. ^ MirageForum (2013-01-17). "2014 Mirage to be called "Space Star" in Ireland, other European countries". MirageForum.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Mitsubishi Space Star at Wikimedia Commons