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Mitsubishi Zinger

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Mitsubishi Zinger
Mitsubishi
aka Released as the Fuzion in the Philippines.
Production 2005 - present
Class MPV
Asian Utility Vehicle
Entry Level SUV
Body Style 5-door, 5-seat Wagon
Length 4585mm
Width 1775mm
Height 1805mm
Wheelbase 2720mm
Weight 1725kg (curb)
Transmission 4-speed automatic, FWD
Engine 2005 to 2008: 4G64 2.4 litre (2351cc) SOHC 16-valve Multi-Point Fuel Injection
Late 2008: 4G69 MIVEC 2.4L SOHC 16-valve
Power N/A hp (136 PS) @ 5250 rpm
N/A lb-ft (20.7 kg-m) of torque @ 4000 rpm
Similar Toyota Innova
Nissan Grand Livina
Isuzu Crosswind
Ford Everest
Mitsubishi Freeca
Designer Mitsubishi Motors and China Motor Corp. (Taiwan)

The Mitsubishi Zinger (aka Fuzion in the Philippines) is a crossover entry-level SUV designed by Mitsubishi Motors and Taiwan based China Motor Corporation. It is based on the chassis of the Mitsubishi Challenger and released in Taiwan on December 24, 2005. The name Zinger is meant to describe a "person full of energy and vitality".

It sold 2,285 units in it's first month exceeding Mitsubishi and CMC's 1,200 units per month target. Buoyed by its success in Taiwan, the Zinger was brought into mainland China in the second half of 2007 through a joint-production venture between CMC and South East (Fujian) Motor Company, Ltd.

Initially designed and intended for the Taiwan market, the Zinger was introduced in the Philippines in June 2007 where it is sold as the Fuzion. The name reinforces the vehicles positioning as "a merger of the best characteristics of 3 vehicles -- the sporty character and ruggedness of an SUV, the spaciousness and versatility of a van, and the riding comfort of a passenger car".

Aside from Taiwan and China, the Zinger is sold in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Costa Rica.

Contents

Recent Changes

A new generation of was released in Taiwan on September 2008 and dubbed the Super Zinger. This new version is equipped with a new engine the 4G69 MIVEC. It also comes with a minor facelift with new clear tail lamps and re-designed front bumper.

Styles and Major Options

The Zinger/Fuzion is sold in different Asian and South American markets and comes in a variety of trims and configurations.

Philippine Version

The Philippine version comes in two variants, the entry level GLX and the more luxuriously appointed GLS Sport. The Fuzion is virtually identical to the Taiwan released Zinger with a few difference. The most notable is the addition of a third row seat that seats two adults. This seat can be folded for more cargo space.

The following table lists the specifications of the Fuzion as sold in the Philippines from its introduction in June 2007 up to late 2008.

Specifications

GLS Sport

GLX

General Specifications

Length (mm)

4,585

Width (mm)

1,775

1,760

Height (mm)

1,805

1800

Wheelbase

2720

Turning Radius (m)

5.3

Ground Clearance (mm)

180

Front Tread (mm)

1,505

Rear Tread (mm)

1,500

Curb Weight (kg)

1,725

1,660

Seating Capacity

7

Fuel Tank Capacity (liters)

65

Engine

Model

4G64

Type

2.4 Liter, Single Overhead Cam, 16-valve, Gasoline

Fuel System

Multi-Point Injection

Displacement (cc)

2,351

Bore and stroke (mm)

86.5 x 100

Compression Ratio

9 : 1

Max. Power (Ps / RPM)

136 / 5,250

Max. Torque (Kg-m @ RPM)

20.7 @ 4,000

Transmission

Model

4-speed automatic

Gear Ratio

1st

2.826

2nd

1.493

3rd

1.000

4th

0.730

Reverse

2.703

Final Gear Ratio

4.636

Wheels & Tires

Wheels

Alloy 16" x 6" JJ

Alloy 15" x 6" JJ

Tires

Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684 II (225/60 R16 98H)

Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684 (205/70 R15 96T)

Interior

Dashboard

Maroon & beige 2-tone with wood grain accent

Gray colored instrument panel

Console Box

Dual layered center console box

Door Panels

Moulded door panels with leather inserts,  door pockets, bottle holder and wood accent

Moulded door panels with fabric inserts, door pockets and bottle holder

Seat Material

Leather

Fabric

Driver’s Seat

8-way power adjustable

Manual adjustment

Front Seats

Reclining & sliding full-flat with back pocket and seat back cargo hooks

2nd Row Seats

60-40 split with fold & tumble full flat fold; center armrest with two cup holders

3rd Row Seats

Bench type, front facing, fold & tumble

Levers:

Leather wrapped with wood accent shift and parking levers

Polyurethane

Air Conditioning

Automatic climate control

Manual

Audio

JVC KD-DV7205 1-DIN head unit, AM/FM, CD, WMA, MP3, DVD, VCD, WAV, USB (4GB flash drive), 4 door mounted 55 watts max output speakers, 2 door mounted tweeters, iPod control thru optional KS-PD100 interface

JVC KD-G735 1-DIN head unit, AM/FM, CD, WMA, MP3, WAV, USB (4GB flash drive), 4 door mounted 55 watts max output speakers, iPod control thru optional KS-PD100 interface

Video

Dash mounted 7-inch screen

Not equipped

Antenna

Glass printed

Instrument Cluster

Blue backlight speedometer and tachometer instrument cluster with chrome accents.

Side Mirrors

Color keyed

Door Locks

Power locks including tailgate

Sunglass Holder

Standard

Map Lamp

Standard

Luggage Room Lamp

Equipped

Not equipped

Exterior

Body Mounting

Chassis mounted rigid ladder frame

Lamps

High intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with 4-step leveling

Multi-reflector halogen headlamp

Fog Lamps

Equipped

Not equipped

Side Marker Lamps

Standard

Aero Styling

Fender flares, side sill garnish, and rear spoiler with LED brake lamp

Not equipped

Door Handles

Chrome

Body color

Rear Door Handle

Body color with chrome accent

Body color

Rear Window Defogger

Standard

Window Sash

Matte black

Body color

Muffler Cutter

Chrome

Not equipped

Brakes

Front

15” ventilated discs

Rear

10” leading and trailing drums

Suspension

Front

Independent double wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer bar

Rear

Rigid 3-link coil spring with stabilizer bar

Steering

Steering Wheel

3-spoke leather wrapped with matte silver accent

3-spoke polyurethane

Gear Type

Rack and pinion with power steering

Tilt Adjustment

Standard

Safety & Security Equipment

Brakes

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electonic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

Load Sensing Proportioning Valve (LSPV)

Airbag

SRS driver and passenger

Not equipped

Seat Belts

Front Seats

3P ELR with adjustable anchor and pre-tensioner

3P ELR with adjustable anchor

2nd Row Seats

3P ELR seatbelt x 2 and 2P lapbelt x 1

3rd Row Seats

2P lapbelt x 2

Child Proof Lock

Standard.

Side Impact Beam

Standard.

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Equipped

Not equipped

Vehicle Security

Mitsubishi Motor Auto Security with keyless entry


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Maroon and beige two-tone dashboard for the GLS Sport model.


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Blue backlight gauges lifted from the Triton/Strada, Mitsubishi's mid-size pickup.


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Rear aircon vent with separate control.


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Sunglass holder with map lamp.


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L-R Power side mirror control, tire-pressure monitor, and HID lamp leveler.


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Glass printed antenna.


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HID headlamps.

Pricing

Philippine Market

As of November 2008 the Fuzion sold in the Philippines are as follows:

Model / Trim

MSRP (Phil. Peso)

Approx. in US$

GLX

P950,000.00

$21,100.00

GLS Sport

P1,150,000.00

25,500.00

Gas Mileage

Manufacturer claimed fuel consumption is 7km/liter for city driving and 11km/liter highway.

The Zinger/Fuzion 4G64 engine is also claimed by Mitsubishi as compatible with E10 and E20 fuel.

Engine and Transmission

The Zinger/Fuzion was originally released with the 4G64 engine and available only with a 4-speed automatic transmission.


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Mitsubishi 4G64 2.4 liter, SOHC engine that powered the first generation Zinger/Fuzion.


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Mitsubishi 4G69 MIVEC 2.4 liter, SOHC engine found in the 2009 Super Zinger released in Taiwan late September 2008.


Model

4G64

4G69 MIVEC

Type

2.4 Liter Inline 4

Displacement (cc)

2,351

2.378

Camshaft

Single Overhead

Valves

16

Fuel

Gasoline

Fuel System

Multi-Point Injection

Bore and stroke (mm)

86.5 x 100

87 x 100

Compression Ratio

9 : 1

9.5 : 1

Max. Power (Ps @ RPM)

136 @ 5,250

159 @ 6,200

Max. Torque (Kg-m @ RPM)

20.7 @ 4,000

22.6 @ 4,500

Transmission

Model

5-speed Manual

4-speed Automatic

Gear Ratio

1st

3.967

2.826

2nd

2.136

1.493

3rd

1.360

1.000

4th

1.000

0.730

0.688

5th

0.856

-

-

Reverse

3.578

2.703

Final Gear Ratio

4.222

4.636

4.222

Reliability

Philippine Market

Standard 3-year or 100,000km warranty. Dealer service schedule:

1,000km Checkup. Bolt tightening, change oil and vehicle inspection.

5,000km Checkup. Engine and underchassis inspection.

10,000km Checkup. General vehicle inspection.

Every 5,000km thereafter. General vehicle inspection.


Photos

Colors

Its available in light blue, dark blue, beige, mid-silver, white, and silver.

Main Competitors

Philippine Market

Despite Mitsubishi's claim that the Zinger/Fuzion is an entry level SUV, in Asian markets it competes in the low-cost MPV or Asian Utility Vehicle segment dominated by the Toyota Innova. It also competes with the Isuzu Highlander, Ford Everest, Nissan Grand Livina, and Mitsubishi's own Adventure (Freeca).

As of late 2008, the Fuzion lags behind in sales with Mitsubishi still unable to offload their initial inventory of 600 units. Although it leads its market segment in interior appointments and other features, the Philippine market remains cold towards the Fuzion. Common reasons cited is the lack of a diesel engine option, high fuel consumption and the unusually high price tag. Mitsubishi's choice of using it's decade old 4G64 gas engine is also a big factor.


Interior

The Zinger/Fuzion is offered with a two-tone maroon and beige.


Criticisms

Often cited is the lack of a diesel engine option and manual transmission which is highly sought after in Southeast Asian markets. This is probably due to its original intended Taiwanese market where diesel engines is not very popular.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp., the assembler and distributor of Mitsubishi Vehicles in the Philippines expressed their intentions of assembling a diesel powered version as well as plans for export which to until now (2011) has not come into reality and the Fuzion has already reached more than half of its life cycle.

Generations

Current Generation: (2009–present)

Released in Taiwan on September 2008, the current generation is known as the Super Zinger. Aside from the minor facelift, this new version now comes with 4G69 MIVEC 2.4L engine.


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New and more agressive looking front bumper and elegant chrome grill fins.


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Clear tail lamps and rear bumbers.


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Redesigned rear spoiler is longer. The third LED brake lamp is now placed inside the rear window.


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The Zinger retains its 16" Bridgestones, but now sports a new alloy wheel design.

First Generation/Origins (2005–2008)

First introduced in December 2005, the Zinger was originally released in Taiwan.

Worldwide

The Zinger is currently sold in Taiwan, China, Costa Rica and Vietnam. In the Philippines, it is known as the Fuzion.


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