|Assembly||Japan: Okazaki, Aichi (Nagoya Plant)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door liftback coupé|
|Engine||1.4 L 4G12T I4 (gasoline)
1.6 L 4G32 I4 (gasoline)
1.6 L 4G32T I4-T (gasoline)"4G37" l4 (gasoline)
1.8 L 4G62 I4 (gasoline)
1.8 L 4G62T I4-T (gasoline)
2.0 L 4G63 I4 (gasoline)
|Transmission||2×4-speed Super Shift manual
|Wheelbase||2,445 mm (96.3 in)|
|Length||4,275 mm (168.3 in)|
|Width||1,660 mm (65.4 in)|
|Height||1,320 mm (52.0 in)|
|Curb weight||960 kg (2,116 lb)|
|Predecessor||Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste|
|Successor||Mitsubishi Eclipse (US)|
The Mitsubishi Cordia is a compact hatchback-coupé manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors from 1982 to 1990. Alongside the Tredia and Starion, it was one of the first cars imported and sold to America by the company without the involvement of its then partner, the Chrysler Corporation. In Japan, the version sold at Car Plaza retail chain was called Cordia XP, and the one sold at Galant Shop chain was called Cordia XG. The XG had a somewhat smaller front grille.
Fitting between the existing Galant and Lancer models in Mitsubishi's range, the Cordia and Tredia used front-wheel drive and were similar in design to the contemporary Mirage (although larger). They incorporated a MacPherson strut/beam axle suspension, front disc brakes, manual or electrically controlled automatic transmission, and a choice of three engines: a 1.4 litre rated at 68 hp, a 74 hp (55 kW) a 1.6 litre, and a 112 hp (84 kW) turbocharged 1.6 litre. Some export markets also received a carb-fed 110 hp (82 kW) 2.0 litre. A USA version of the 2.0 litre generated 88hp for the 1984 model year.
The cars received a mild facelift in 1983, and four-wheel drive was offered in 1984. The engines were modified in 1985 to allow the cars to run on unleaded fuel, including the introduction of a 1.8 litre engine in both 100 hp (70 kW) naturally aspirated and 135 hp (101 kW) turbocharged form, before production was discontinued in 1990. 1988 was its last year in the United States.
In Australia, the Cordia AA series was released in late-1983. An update, titled AB series arrived with a different grille and minor changes in 1984, and the final AC model was upgraded to unleaded gasoline in late-1985. Production ceased in 1988. Two trim levels were available, the naturally aspirated 1.8-liter GSL, and the turbocarged GSR. The early (leaded) GSRs were fitted with 13-inch alloy wheels; unleaded cars came fitted with shiny 14-inch wheels.
The Cordia was assembled, alongside the Tredia on which it is based, in New Zealand by Todd Motors, later Mitsubishi New Zealand. The cars were imported as CKD kits and were built with about 40% local content including glass, upholstery, carpet, wiring harnesses and radiators. Both normally aspirated and turbocharged versions were made. All models were initially 1.6-litre but the normally aspirated model was later changed to a 1.8-litre engine at the same time as the original 4x2 Super Shift manual transmission was changed to a conventional five-speed gearbox. Normally aspirated models were also offered with a conventional three-speed automatic gearbox.
- Knowling, Michael (10 November 1998). "Pre-Owned Performance – Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo". AutoSpeed. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008.
- "Mitsubishi Cordia". Unique Cars and Parts. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- Drach, Michael (1997). "Cordia Specifications". Cordia Turbo.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- Official history of the Cordia & Tredia, Mitsubishi Motors South Africa website
- Specifications for Mitsubishi vehicles at Carfolio.com
|Mitsubishi automobile timeline, North American market, 1980s–present|
|Lancer Evolution||Lancer Evolution|
|Compact MPV||Expo LRV|
|Large MPV||Space Wagon||Expo|
|Compact crossover||Outlander Sport / RVR|
|Mid-size SUV||Montero Sport||Montero Sport|
|Pickup||Mighty Max||Mighty Max||Raider||L200|
|Vehicle is not available in the United States or Canada|