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|Body style(s)||4-door sedan|
|Engine(s)||8A80 4.5 L V8|
|Transmission(s)||INVECS-II 5-speed semi auto|
|Wheelbase||3080 mm (121.3 in)|
|Length||5335 mm (210 in)|
|Width||1870 mm (73.6 in)|
|Height||1485 mm (58.5 in)|
|Curb weight||2370 kg (5225 lb)|
|Fuel capacity||80 litres (21.1 US gal/17.6 imp gal)|
The Mitsubishi Dignity, whose name was derived from "the English to describe the peerless grandeur and majestic stateliness of the model", is a limousine manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors from late 1999 as the flagship of the company's domestic range, alongside the smaller Proudia luxury car. The Proudia/Dignity range was co-developed with Hyundai of South Korea, who marketed their own version as the Hyundai Equus.
The ¥9,990,000 Dignity featured Mitsubishi's 8A80 4498 cc V8, a 90-degree aluminium-block GDi engine producing 280 PS (206 kW) at 5000 rpm and 412 N·m (304 ft·lbf) at 4000 rpm, and an extension of the Proudia's exterior dimensions in order to liberate more interior space for the rear occupants; the roofline was raised by 10 mm (0.4 in) and the wheelbase by 250 mm (9.8 in).
The Dignity and Proudia's combined volumes fell far shy of Mitsubishi's forecasted 300 sales per month, and they were available for only fifteen months from their introduction on February 20, 2000, before Mitsubishi's financial difficulties forced the company to discontinue both models in an effort to streamline its range and reduce costs. However, the Hyundai Equus proved more commercially successful and would remain in production until replaced in 2008.
Production and sales
- ^ a b c "Luxury sedan and limousine models", MMC press release, December 20, 1999
- ^ "Mitsubishi's new flagships", Jack Yamaguchi, Automotive Engineering International Online, March 2000
- ^ "Streamlining of production capacity and model portfolio", MMC press release, March 28, 2001
- ^ "Future Vehicles Preview: 2008 Hyundai Equus Large Sedan", Inside Line, edmunds.com