Eclipse Weekend Edition: The Mitsubishi Cordia

Moving on from the Celeste, the next step is the Mitsubishi Cordia. A class above the Colt/Lancer, a class below the Galant, the Cordia shared its platform with the Tredia – so, if you’re thinking from an European viewpoint, the cars matched the latter Mitsubishi Carisma, size-wise.
Still, the Carisma could never match the quirky snazziness of the Cordia. And even if the Cordia started off a humble FWD platform, there were some definitely interesting variants on offer.

At its most simple, the Cordia offered a 1400cc or 1600cc powerplant. The twin stick Super Shift did keep them from being boring, as you would shuffle between Power and Economy modes on the adjacent lever.
But above the bread-and-butter Cordias, Mitsubishi offered a turbo version. While the initial, pre-facelift Cordia only reached 112 hp with the 1.6-litre turbo engine, the 1984-onwards car had a 1.8-litre engine with all of 135 hp. You could imagine the under-1000kg machine would move quite sprightly with that power figure.
And the most fascinating version was the 4WD Turbo, advertised here in its home country. From a relatively low-key three-door wedge, the Cordia transformed into something that foreshadowed the most powerful DSM:s – with some rally pedigree flashed in the ad campaign.
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[Cordia magazine ad: Alden Jewell’s photostream]

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  1. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    No article about the Cordia is complete without this ad!

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Even better, when I played the video in the article above, the next suggested video was highly appropriate:

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      The first 4 “selling” points… Whah? Even though I only drive my truck once or twice a week, in town, I still manage 8,000 miles at least in a year. To have ‘major service’ on a new-bought car after 18 months? Like what, a clutch? Alternator? I suppose those were the days when 10,000 mile tires were top of the line, though.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    I know we’re talking about Mitsubishis here, but O.T…
    The mention of the ‘Saturn engine’ and the ‘power’ or ‘economy’ lever (lever? what, did it pull a cable?) got me thinking of my old girlf’s old Saturn SL that had a similar thing in the form of a rocker switch. That one was labeled “Perf” and “Norm”, evidently for ‘performance’ and ‘normal’.
    We called it “The Perfectly Normal Switch”, in honor of Douglas Adams’ Perfectly Normal Beasts. I told my girlf if she was having a bad day she could switch that switch to the other setting and declare, “Everything is perfect!” or that, “Everything’s normal.”

    1. smokyburnout Avatar

      On automatic transmissions, those sort of buttons just change between shift programs on the TCU, but the Mitsubishi Twin Stick was more like a manual overdrive or a high-low transfer case

    2. Vairship Avatar

      I had one on my Hyundai Excel that could switch between Economy and Normal. According to the user manual, Normal should only be used when driving in the mountains, the switch should normally be set to Economy. Well that cleared that up…

  3. kombi man Avatar
    kombi man

    I hope the next article is going to be about its big brother, the Starion