The History Of Mitsubishi Dingo
The Mitsubishi Mirage Dingo is a mini MPV built by Mitsubishi Motors from 1998–2003, using a shortened version of the Mirage platform. The "Dingo" name is derived from Bingo and its connotations of good fortune, but with the B replaced by D to represent Mitsubishi's Diamond logo.
As with most direct competitors in the market segment, accommodation is limited to two rows and five seats. The rear bench is split 50-50, with each section able to be slid forwards or backwards individually. Alternatively, folding or detaching the rear chairs provides a large and flat storage area. The rear seats can also be flipped downward to form a pair of beds. Because the gearshift is column-mounted there is no transmission tunnel, thus enabling oocupants to walk between front and rear seats.
Initially available with the 4G15 "Orion" 1.5L GDI powerplant mated to an INVECS-II 4-speed auto, a smaller 1.3L version (without GDI) and a larger 4G93 1.8L version were introduced with a facelift in 2000, as well as Mitsubishi's INVECS-III continuously variable transmission.
(Sources: Facts & Figures 2000, Facts & Figures 2005, Mitsubishi Motors website)
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