Mitsubishi Carisma

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Mitsubishi Carisma
Mitsubishi Carisma front 20071205.jpg
AssemblyBorn, Netherlands (NedCar)
DesignerKiyoshi Honda
Body and chassis
ClassLarge family car
Body style5-door hatchback
4-door saloon
LayoutFF Layout F4 layout
RelatedMitsubishi Space Star
Volvo S40
Proton Waja
Engine1.3 L 4G13 I4
1.6 L 4G92 I4 (DA1)
1.8 L 4G93 I4 (DA2)
1.8 L 4G93 GDI I4
1.9 L F8Q TD I4
1.9 L F9Q DI-D I4
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed auto
Wheelbase2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Length4,450 mm (175.2 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Curb weight1,105–1,180 kg (2,436–2,601 lb)
PredecessorMitsubishi Lancer hatchback (Europe)
SuccessorMitsubishi Lancer (Europe)

The Mitsubishi Carisma is a large family car[1] produced for the European market by Mitsubishi from 1995 to 2004. The model name was derived from a combination of the English car and the Greek kharisma, meaning "divine gift", which is why the model was sometimes derided as "a mobile spelling error".[2]

It was co developed with Volvo, sharing its chassis with the first generation of the Volvo S40, and built at the NedCar factory in Born, Netherlands, which the two companies co owned at the time. Over 350,000 were built during its production run.[3] The car was judged to be a reliable, low cost vehicle but lacked visual appeal and competed by price and size in two very competitive markets without a strong selling point.[4][5][6]


Available as a four door saloon or a five door hatchback style only, it featured inline four gasoline engines from 1.6 L (introduced later in life) to 1.8 L, a 1.8 L gasoline direct injection engine, and 90 hp (67 kW) 1.9 L turbodiesel powerplants sourced from Renault, later with the 100 hp (75 kW) 1.9 DI-D common rail diesel engine, the same as used in both Volvo and Renault cars.

Rear of the Mitsubishi Carisma

In spite of its name, the Carisma had a fairly neutral design as a result of being Mitsubishi's first attempt to target the traditionally conservative European company car market, where it competed with the likes of the Ford Mondeo.[7]

Even when receiving a midlife facelift in 1999, that characteristic was not improved. The car underwent a very light redesign again in 2002, with the main difference being the new headlights. The car was placed between the Lancer and the Galant, although after production ended in December 2004, the Lancer took its place in Mitsubishi's European range.

In several markets where the Lancer was not available, the Evolution version was rebadged as the Mitsubishi Carisma GT. In Japan, the Carisma was sold at a specific retail chain called Car Plaza. The chassis was also used by Proton to develop the Proton Waja.

Production and sales[edit]

Year Production Sales
1995 19,100 ?
1996 44,401 ?
1997 82,255 ?
1998 78,239 ?
1999 54,460 ?
2000 29,800 38,548
2001 22,203 28,647
2002 28,776 30,429
2003 26,074 28,123
2004 9,875

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



Model Engine Displacement Valvetrain Fuel system Max. power at rpm Max. torque at rpm Years
Petrol engines
1.3 Mitsubishi 4G13 1299 cc SOHC 16v Multi-point fuel injection 60 kW (82 PS; 80 bhp) at 5000 rpm 120 N⋅m (89 ft⋅lbf) at 4000 rpm 1995–2004
1.6 Mitsubishi 4G92 1597 cc SOHC 16v Multi-point fuel injection 66 kW (90 PS; 89 bhp) at 5500 rpm 137 N⋅m (101 ft⋅lbf) at 4000 rpm 1995–1997
1.6 Mitsubishi 4G92 1597 cc SOHC 16v Multi-point fuel injection 73 kW (99 PS; 98 bhp) at 5750 rpm 137 N⋅m (101 ft⋅lbf) at 4000 rpm 1997–2000
1.6 Mitsubishi 4G92 1597 cc SOHC 16v Multi-point fuel injection 76 kW (103 PS; 102 bhp) at 6000 rpm 141 N⋅m (104 ft⋅lbf) at 4500 rpm 2000–2004
1.8 Mitsubishi 4G93 1834 cc SOHC 16v Multi-point fuel injection 85 kW (116 PS; 114 bhp) at 5500 rpm 162 N⋅m (119 ft⋅lbf) at 4500 rpm 1995–1997
1.8 MSX Mitsubishi 4G93 1834 cc DOHC 16v Multi-point fuel injection 103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp) at 6500 rpm 167 N⋅m (123 ft⋅lbf) at 5000 rpm 1995–1997
1.8 GDI Mitsubishi 4G93 1834 cc DOHC 16v Gasoline direct injection 92 kW (125 PS; 123 bhp) at 5500 rpm 174 N⋅m (128 ft⋅lbf) at 3750 rpm 1997–2000
1.8 GDI Mitsubishi 4G93 1834 cc DOHC 16v Gasoline direct injection 90 kW (122 PS; 121 bhp) at 5500 rpm 174 N⋅m (128 ft⋅lbf) at 3750 rpm 2000–2003
Diesel engines
1.9 TD Renault F8QT 1870 cc SOHC 8v Indirect injection 90 PS (66 kW; 89 bhp) at 4250 rpm 176 N⋅m (130 ft⋅lbf) at 2250 rpm 1997–2000
1.9 DI-D Renault F9Q1 1870 cc SOHC 8v Common rail direct injection 102 PS (75 kW; 101 bhp) at 4000 rpm 265 N⋅m (195 ft⋅lbf) at 1800 rpm 2000–2004