The Mitsubishi Chariot, is a five door, five/seven seat compact MPV produced by Mitsubishi Motors of Japan from 1983 to 2003. It was based on the SSW concept car first exhibited at the 23rd Tokyo Motor Show in 1979, and named for the battle chariots used during the times of the ancient Greek and Roman Empires.
Internationally, it has been sold under various names, including Mitsubishi Space Wagon, Mitsubishi Nimbus and Mitsubishi Expo. The Chariot has been sold as the Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vista Wagon captive imports in North America, and as the Eagle Vista Wagon in Canada, and has also been manufactured under license as the Hyundai/Galloper Santamo and Mitsubishi Savrin in Asia.
The first generation of Chariot (D0#W-series) was produced from February 1983 to May 1991 with a choice of SOHC straight-4 powerplants ranging from the 1.6-liter 4G32 to the 2.0-liter 4G63 petrol engines, or the 1.8 liter 4D65T turbodiesel (from October 1984), mated to a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission. It occupied the market segment previously served by the Mitsubishi Galant station wagon.
The Chariot's wheelbase was 2,625 millimetres (103.3 in), while overall length ranged from 4,295–4,485 millimetres (169.1–176.6 in) depending on market and equipment level, which was within compliance with Japanese regulations concerning exterior dimensions and engine displacement size. From June 1984, a version with permanent four-wheel drive was also offered, while Japanese customers could also get the 4G62T engine in the MR Turbo version from July 1983 until the 1987 model year (1,795 cc, 135 PS/99 kW at 5,800 rpm). This version could reach 175 km/h (109 mph), and was also available with the 3-speed automatic.
In Australia, where it was marketed as the "Nimbus", it won the 1984 Wheels Car of the Year award in its debut year. The Nimbus model codes were "UA" (1984), "UB" (1986), and "UC" (1987).
A single 1.8-litre GLX version, with manual or automatic transmission was assembled from CKD kits in New Zealand by importer Todd Motors (later Mitsubishi NZ Ltd).
The rebadged Dodge and Plymouth Colt Vista, or in Canada, the Eagle Vista Wagon, were introduced in 1983 as a 1984 model. Slotted below the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager as Dodge/Plymouth's entry-level minivans, they were offered in North America until 1991. The Colt Vista was available with the 2.0-liter 4G63, producing 98 horsepower (73 kW) in US trim, and either front-wheel drive or permanent four-wheel drive. Top speed was 155 km/h (96 mph), 150 km/h (93 mph) for the 4WD