Flagship in Japan
the latest in automotive technologies of the time, Mitsubishi Motors
began production of the Debonair, an executive saloon in 1964. Incorporating
luxurious amenities, the Debonair's smooth acceleration was provided
by the 1,991cc, KE64 engine, with twin carburetors and dual exhaust
which developed 105ps at 5,000rpm for a top end speed of 155km/h.
In the 70s, the 130ps Saturn 6 engine was adopted giving the Debonair
a top speed of 180km/h.
gathered such a strong following among top executives in Japan that
it did not undergo a full model change until 1986. Throughout Debonair's
long model life it came to symbolize the pinnacle of motoring luxury
for top executives.
the full model change in 1986 the Debonair adopted the FF format
(front engine, front wheel drive) which offered a dramatic increase
in interior space. The Debonair V with
an array of new innovative features again gave new meaning to luxury,
comfort and performance. The latest in engine technology was in
ample evidence with the adoption of Mitsubishi's first V6 engine
series offering a choice of either 2,000cc or 3,000cc versions.
For increased power performance, a supercharged version of the V6
was added to the lineup the following year.
The 3rd generation of this state-of-the-art
model was released in 1992. With its three box
shape and flowing lines the Debonair's exterior represents a marriage
of the traditional and the ultra-modern. Longer and wider than its
predecessors, it provides real executive class interior room and
trunk space. The top-of-the-line model is equipped with a silky
smooth and whisper quiet 260ps 3.5 liter V6 engine. The Debonair
as Mitsubishi's domestic flagship incorporates the very latest in
active safety technology including 4-wheel steering, 4-wheel anti-lock
brake system, active preview electronic control suspension, and
INVECS transmission with traction control. Passive safety features
begin with the strong construction of the Debonair and include front
airbags for both the driver and passenger. Driver conveniences include
a navigation system, automatically adjusted seat and steering to
assure the desired driving position every time, motorized doors
and trunk lid that latch themselves when just engaged, and many