Mitsubishi Launches Its
All-New '380' Sedan


2006 Mitsubishi 380 VRX
The all-new Mitsubishi 380 VRX

29th September, 2005

Mitsubishi’s sporty and powerful, all-new large sedan – the front-wheel drive Mitsubishi 380 – has been launched.

A result of the most exhaustive research ever undertaken by Mitsubishi Motors Ausralia Limited (MMAL), the 380 has been designed with two clear goals in mind - to be the best quality car ever built in Australia, and to redefine large car agility by designing a car for Australians.

Mitsubishi has undertaken a massive investment programme of over $600 million, and has undertaken exhaustive engineering and testing here and overseas. This, coupled with the use of worldwide expertise both within the global Mitsubishi group and world best practice suppliers from around the globe, has seen the development of a new large car that truly reflects the needs of the Australian buying public. These needs are best categorised under the following five main buying motives:
- true large car power and performance,
- sporty styling,
- outstanding value for money,
- large car space and comfort,
- world class quality and refinement.

2006 Mitsubishi 380 LX
2006 Mitsubishi 380 LX

(1) True large car power and performance
Powered by a responsive and sweet-sounding 3.8 litre 24-valve SOHC MPI V6 engine that develops a continuous 175kW power at 5,250rpm and 343Nm of torque at 4,000rpm the ‘380’ has all the performance that Australian buyers require. It does all this with outstanding fuel economy, more like that find in a medium sedan.

The 3.8 litre engine has been specifically developed to provide the power and torque demanded by Australian drivers – be it for covering the long distances between remote towns effortlessly, or for towing loads – and uses a number of components developed for the Ralliart Magna in early 2002. It is the first Australian manufactured car to be Euro3 compliant, and it also meets the new, more stringent drive-by noise regulations.

The engine management system uses an innovative “torque demand” system that was collaboratively developed between Mitsubishi and Robert Bosch and extensively tested in Australia, Japan, Germany and Switzerland.

Understanding that outstanding handling and roadholding are all important, MMAL has developed a unique suspension system for the new 380, known as BOS (Body Optimised Suspension) system. The BOS system is a fully independent suspension – a robust MacPherson strut with coil over and lower A-arm at the front and multi-link at the rear. Stabiliser bars are fitted front and rear, and the dampers have been specifically tuned to give a sporty and fun drive with high dynamic capabilities in line with the car’s positioning in the market.

The front suspension cross member is low and flat, but rigid and light, to allow the steering rack and tie rods to be close to the plane of the lower control arms to reduce bump steer and improve directional stability.

The rear suspension is a sophisticated low-mount, multi-link arrangement. The low profile positioning of the entire rear suspension – with its strategic location of coil springs, shock absorbers and links, and reduced mounting point height – helps to liberate more trunk space.

The rigid body that has twice the bending and torsional stiffness of Mitsubishi’s previous benchmark – the result mainly of refined structural design, a one-piece body side and assembly using the ‘Toy Tabs’ method – is the perfect platform to allow optimum tuning of the suspension components.

Transmissions are five-speed fully synchronised manual especially developed for the torque of the large six-cylinder engine, and a five-speed INVECS II ‘Smart Logic’ automatic with ‘Sports Mode’ sequential mode available across the range.

MMAL is the only local manufacturer to offer a 5-speed automatic transmission in its base model, and the extra ratio results in smoother driving, improved performance and fuel economy.

Ratios are:

Manual   Automatic  
1st 3.333 1st 3.789
2nd 2.105 2nd 2.162
3rd 1.407 3rd 1.421
4th 1.031 4th 1.000
5th 0.804 5th 0.686
Reverse 3.416 Reverse 3.117
Final Drive 4.111 Final Drive 3.325

Braking is provided by a large and specially developed braking package utilising Mitsubishi’s extensive rally experience. The front discs are 294 mm diameter ventilated discs with 2-pot calipers, while the rear are 284 mm diameter ventilated discs with 1-pot calipers. ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) optimises braking effort between front and rear, regardless of loading conditions and gentle or emergency stops. The brakes provide the driver with confidence for fade-free and sure stops over many applications.

The 380 uses 16” X 6.5” steel wheels fitted with 215/60R16 95H steel belted radials and full sized wheel covers.

The luxury LS variant comes with 16” X 6.5” six-spoke alloys fitted with 215/60R16 95H steel belted radials as standard, while the LX comes with a 17” X 7” six-spoke alloy wheel option that is fitted with 215/55R17 93V steel belted radials and sports suspension.

The sports variants – the VRX and GT – come fitted with 17” X 7” alloy wheels fitted with 215/55R17 93V steel belted radials. The VRX alloys are six-spoke, while the GT has unique eight-spoke alloys.

The rear underfloor of the Mitsubishi 380 has been specifically designed for Australia to take a full size spare wheel - which is stored under the cargo board - and serious towing equipment.

Based on the American Galant, Mitsubishi re-engineered or re-designed 70% of the donor car to make sure that it fitted the needs of Australian motorists. This included completely making over the body to give extra strength and safety, and allow it to take the forces of a weight distribution hitch for towing.

2006 Mitsubishi 380 VRX
Mitsubishi 380 VRX

(2) Sporty exterior styling
The Mitsubishi 380 has a unique Diamond Product Strategy that begins with the standard 380 sedan. The customer then has the choice of either of two luxury variants (LS and LX) or a sporty variant (VRX). The pinnacle of the range (the GT) combines all the features of both the luxury and sporty variants.

The four-door sedan has a coupe-like sporty style that gives the impression that the car is moving forwards even when it is standing still. The frontal treatment of the car is unique to Australia with new bonnet, front guards, grille and bumpers being designed for the Australian car. There are two treatments within the model range – one for the standard and luxury models 380 LS and LX, and one for the sporty and sporty luxury models (VRX and GT).

The grille for the standard/luxury models (380, LS and LX) has a three-bar horizontal treatment with the bright Mitsubishi three diamonds symbol floating in the middle. The luxury variant has bright barsgarnish to distinguish it. A character line is picked up from the point of the symbol and runs through the centre of the bonnet.

The under grille picks up the same shape as the main grille, and the luxury variants (LS and LX) have fog lamps in the lower bumper area.

The sporty and sporty/luxury variants (VRX and GT) use a mesh grille insert with the floating bright three diamond symbol, while the front bumper has a more aggressive appearance with a mesh lower grille insert and fog lamps as standard.

The headlamps are a modern triangular multi-parabola design with softer, rounded sides to blend with the overall frontal appearance. The enclosure contains the low and high beam lamps and the turning indicator.

The rear view of the car is distinguished by its gracefully tapering C-pillar and short rear deck that gives the 380 its sporty coupe looks, and belies the vehicle’s actual size.

The 380 is also characterised by the strong shoulder lines that start just aft of the A-pillars and continue the length of the vehicle. Viewed from the side, these shoulder lines flow upward toward the rear and help to create a sense of forward motion.

The 380, LS and LX models have the same rear tail lamp treatment, standard trunk lid with high mounted stop lamp fitted in the upper edge of the trunk lid, and rear bumper design. The VRX and GT variants have clear-type rear stop lamps and an integrated rear lip spoiler with high mounted stop lamp fitted in the spoiler. A unique, deeper rear bumper with a garnish insert is used on these models, with a large, oval chrome exhaust outlet for a more aggressive but sporty appearance.

The model line badging is fitted under the right tail lamp.

There is an exciting colour palette for the new 380 models. Of the nine colours, seven are new and include Mawson White, Platinum (silver), Vision (beige), Adrenaline (gold), Molten (3 coat red), Electro (bright blue), Blue Steel (dark blue), Storm (dark grey), and Stealth (black). Each variant is available in six colours, with individual character colours being available within each range. Cutting-edge paint technology has been used to enhance the bold, angular lines of the car.

Inside, there is a different treatment for each price line.

The 380 has a black/black interior treatment with a modern, sophisticated interior ambience. The highlight panels feature a titanium-look.

The LS and LX models feature a black/beige treatment with woodgrain print highlight panels. The LS has cloth trim, while the LX has a stippled leather trim.

The sporty VRX has a black/black interior with silver mesh technical-look highlight panels, and sports-style seats. The top-of-the-line GT has a black/black interior with black woodgrain print highlight panels, and black leather sports seats.

The instrument cluster has full instrumentation with a sporty appearance and at night the gauges, interior control knobs and switches are illuminated with striking ice-blue LED lamps that create a sophisticated and co-ordinated interior ambience.

2006 Mitsubishi 380 LX
2006 Mitsubishi 380 LX

(3) Outstanding value for money
The standard 380 has a 2-DIN AM/FM radio with CD and MP3 that plays through six speakers, while the other models have an integrated HVAC panel with an AM/FM radio with 6-CD in-dash stacker and MP3 compatibility that plays through eight high quality speakers. Class-leading air conditioning is automatic climate control in all models, and is ducted to the rear cabin.

Power driver’s seats are standard across the range. The 380 standard model has a 4-way power driver’s seat, while the VRX and LS have a 6-way power driver’s seat as standard. 380 GT and 380 LX have a 10-way power memory driver’s seat, and 6-way passenger’s seat as standard. They are optional on the LS model.

Other standard equipment includes remote keyless central locking with panic mode, engine immobiliser, power windows on all doors, power exterior mirrors, height adjustable power steering, EZ KOOL UV glass on all side and rear windows, and integrated radio antenna in the rear window.

The 10-function trip computer is housed in the instrument cluster, and allows the driver to check average speed, instant fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, total fuel used, range to empty, travel time, total distance travelled, as well as also having a speed alert, rest reminder and service reminder.

Bluetooth capability is available across the entire 380 range. It is fitted as standard equipment on the 380 GT model and as a dealer fitted accessory on the 380, VRX, LS and LX models.

The 380 is packed with ample storage space, and with large front door pockets, 2 front and 2 rear cup holders, an ample glove box and convenient sunglasses holder, to always provide drivers with a storage location for everyday items.

The boot of the 380 employs a newly designed hinge, with gas springs for easy opening. The hinges do not intrude into the cargo area, thereby allowing maximum use of the boot space without any risk of luggage damage.

Mitsubishi’s comprehensive safety system approach begins with Mitsubishi’s RISE body construction that has been further enhanced with strengthening of the 380 body for Australian conditions to provide an occupant cocoon in the event of an accident. High performance braking system improves stopping distance by 14% and all pedals break away in the event of an accident. The 380 also has driver and passenger SRS air bags and side air bags as standard. The front seat belts are three-point with pre-tensioners and force limiters. The anchorage points are adjustable. Similarly, all positions in the rear have three-point ALR/ELR seat belts.

The high performance braking system improves 380’s stopping distance by 14%, and all of the foot pedals break away in the event of an accident to limit lower limb injury.

2006 Mitsubish 380 LS
2006 Mitsubish 380 LS

(4) Large car space and comfort
The cabin features wide comfortable seating and ample leg and shoulder room. As part of the exhaustive Mitsubishi research 75% of consumers said the size of the car was “just right”.

Its body system, BOS suspension and noise supression materials all combine to provide superior ride comfort and noise and vibration levels not normally seen in Australian made cars.

(5) World class quality and refinement
To deliver class-leading ride and handling with outstanding fit and finish Mitsubishi has invested in many process improvements in manufacturing and engineering design. These changes cover outstanding body accurancy (single body side and Toy Tabs), quality parts and strictly controlled processes. All of these mean that the new Mitsubishi 380 comes with the Company’s industry-leading 5/10 warranty (5 years/130,000 kms bumper-to-bumper and 10 years/160,000 kms non-transferrable drivetrain).

2006 Mitsubishi 380 GT
2006 Mitsubishi 380 GT

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2006 Mitsubishi 380
2006 Mitsubishi 380

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