Mitsubishi Sigma Wagon

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Mitsubishi Sigma Wagon

1977 - 1983
Country:
Japan
Engine:
4 cyl.
Capacity:
2555 cc
Power:
73 kW
Transmission:
3 spd. auto. Optional 5 spd. man.
Top Speed:
163 km/h
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
1 star
Mitsubishi Sigma
The downsizing trend which Mitsubishi exploited and increased with their wildly successful Sigma inevitably made itself felt in the wagon market. The GL and SE Sigma fours proved strong competition for such stalwarts as the Toyota Corona and the Datsun 200B.

The GL wagon was available with a 2.0-liter Astron engine which could be equipped with a four or five-speed manual or three-speed automatic, or with the 2-6-liter Astron which was available as a four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic.

These engines proved to be reliable, gutsy, and economic performers, and combined with the electronic ignition they quickly garnered a well deserved reputation for durability. Figures of 9.5 liters/ 100 km are attainable.

Suspension in all models was by front MacPherson strut with coil springs, double-action hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers, and anti-sway bar.

The rear suspension was by four link coils with the same shock absorbers, this at a time when most wagons had a leaf spring arrangement at the rear.

The company's decision to retain sedan suspension produced a better ride than would otherwise be the case, without inhibiting the wagons carrying capacity. Braking was by front discs and rear drums, fitted with a pressure. sensitive proportioning valve.

Steering was via a variable ratio ball-and-nut system which, though suitable for normal suburban use, still suffered the then almost-traditional Japanese understeer and straight. ahead vagueness.

Generally the Sigma Wagons cornered and pointed well, rode comfortably, and within their limits were pleasant enough cars to live with on a day to day basis. Equipment levels were of course higher on the top-of-the line SE. Among its standard features, which were not available on the GL, were halogen headlamps, tinted glass, and tachometer.

Also standard on the SE, but optional on the GL, were laminated screen and metallic spray. Standard on both vehicles were an adjustable steering column, boot light, rear wash/wipe and hazard warning lights. Optional on both were alloy wheels, cassette player, sun roof, and air-conditioning.

The Sigma wagons looked good, the cargo space was generous for a four-cylinder vehicle, particularly when the rear seats were folded flat, and access was easy through the wide-opening tailgate. The high noise level associated with wagons was also significantly reduced, and like its sedan stable-mates, the GL and SE wagons were undeniably great value for money.

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