Immediately upon its release it was the recipient of the "Good Design Award" by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2001. While the initial sales target was 10,000 units per month, it sold 13,000 in its first four days, and 20,000 by the end of October 2001. It is Mitsubishi's highest volume model in the Japanese domestic market, and total sales to 2005 are approximately 480,000. Since 2005, Nissan Motors has received 36,000 eK wagons annually from Mitsubishi, to be sold within the domestic market as the Nissan Otti.
Type: 3G83 SOHC 12v straight-3
10.2:1 (naturally aspirated)
37kW (50PS) at 6500rpm (n/a)
47kW (64PS) at 6000rpm (turbo)
62N·m (46ft·lbf) at 4000rpm (n/a)
93N·m (69ft·lbf) at 3500rpm (turbo)
Front: MacPherson struts
Rear: 3-link torque arm type
- Turning circle: 4.4m
- Seats: 4
Production figures include OEM units manufactured on behalf of Nissan, while sales figures only include Mitsubishi-badged models.
(sources: Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2008, Mitsubishi Motors website)