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First Generation B10/B20 Series (1960-1973)

The first generation MITSUBISHI ROSA went on sale in 1960, installed with the suspension system of the mid-sized truck, MITSUBISHI JUPITER, and the Jeep’s HJ4 engine with 70 horsepower. The vacuum-type braking force system was utilized, securing quality safety features. It was used primarily as a private tourist bus, and due to its round exterior, it was lovingly nicknamed the “DARUMA ROSA” (a daruma is a round, traditional Japanese doll). The BENZ O319 minibus was consulted for the design of the exterior.
The riding capacity ranged from 21 to 29, and from the beginning, the rear tires were double tires.

In 1961, the KE31 diesel engine with 61 horsepower was newly added.

In 1963, a model type with riding capacity of 29 was added to the lineup.

In September 1966, the 25-person lightbus ROSA carrying an engine with power output of 90 horsepower went on sale. The glass area was expanded, and a body that heightened riding comfort demonstrated enhanced cost performance.

Second Generation B210 Model (1973-1986)

In May 1973, the ROSA underwent a full model change. Because the selling price was high, its sale had been sluggish; with the aim to remedy this, the design was changed and the lineup reorganized to include a model type with a maximum riding capacity of 29 people.

The gasoline engine’s power output improved to 105 horsepower. As for the diesel engine, power output for the short body improved to 85 horsepower, and for the long body, 105 horsepower. Furthermore, 5-speed manual transmission and reclining seats were introduced as options.

In March 1979, a design change was implemented on the front area. Furthermore, the diesel engine was newly changed to the 3,300cc with 95 horsepower.

In June 1983, the 3,200cc turbocharged diesel engine with 120 horsepower was added.

Third Generation BE4 Model (1986-1997)

In June 1986, another full model change led to the introduction of the third generation model. The exterior was instantly modernized, with slanted front windows and rectangular two-lamp headlights. Moreover, flush surface design was implemented on the exterior, achieving an overall clean appearance. The lineup consisted of a maximum riding capacity of 29 passengers.

Minor changes were made in January 1990, and all vehicles were equipped with rectangular two-lamp headlights. Furthermore, for the engines installed, the displacement was expanded and power output enhanced, further achieving improved running performance.

In May 1995, further minor changes led to the use of projector lights, among other alterations. Additionally, changes in the engine were made to adhere to the 1994 gas emission regulations as well.

Fourth Generation BE6 Model (1997 - )

In 1997, for the first time in 11 years, a model change was implemented, leading to the ROSA’s evolution to its fourth generation model. The body, named the New Aero Form, boasted an aerodynamic performance of 0.48 Cd. Furthermore, the non-standard four-lamp multi-parabolic headlamps and the front area installed with the company name plate were distinctive features of the new design. For the rear design, round rear combination lamps were newly employed, making for a distinctive exterior.
As for the interior as well, new passenger seats were installed with the aim to improve riding comfort. Furthermore, for the air conditioning system, the autocooler and heater, zone control function, fluctuation controller, and electrostatic air cleaner were all newly installed.
For the electrical equipment as well, improvements were made, such as the installment of a 14-inch television, further enhancing in-car entertainment.
Riding capacity was 29 people.

For the engine, the newly developed 4M50T with 175 horsepower and 4M51 with 150 horsepower with DOHC16 valve and silent shaft were installed-a first for direct infusion diesel engines-further improving driving performance.

As for the suspension system, the lineup consisted of three options: air suspension, front independent suspension, and front-wheel leaf suspension. For each type, the most appropriate adjustments were made to further improve riding comfort.

In September 1998, the superlong model was added to the lineup; it boasted a length of 7,730mm, which was 740mm longer than the long body model. For this grade, the passenger capacity was increased to 34 people.

In May 1999, improvements were made on the engine, leading to enhancements in power output and fuel efficiency. For the newly added engines, the 4M50T had a power output of 180 horsepower, the 4M51 had 155 horsepower, and the 4D33 had 125 horsepower. Fuel consumption was also improved by around 4%. The riding capacity lineup ranged from 19 to 34 people. Later, in September, the low-floored full-time 4WD with electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission was added to the lineup.

Improvements made in May 2001 led to enhancements in the muffler and the addition of a sound insulation cover, as part of efforts to decrease the noise.

In June 2002, the LPG model was newly released.

In April 2007, minor changes were made on the exterior as well as the engine lineup. The improved engine, in addition to the common rail high-pressure fuel direct injection system and intercooler, employed high-precision cooled EGR system and playback control DPF. Consequently, the model adhered to the 2005 long-term gas emission regulations, which led to a 10% reduction in PM and certification as a low gas emission vehicle. Furthermore, the 6-speed automatic transmission was made available for all 2WD vehicles.

In August 2011, significant improvements were made on the engine and drive system. After newly installing the dual clutch automatic transmission “DUONIC,” benefits of both the manual and automatic transmissions were realized, further improving driving performance. For the engine, the newly installed inline four-cylinder intercooler 2,998cc turbocharged engine with 175 horsepower (4P10 (T6) model) led to the model adhering to the Post New Long-Term Gas Emission Standards, further improving environmental performance. Furthermore, by achieving the 2015 Heavy Vehicle Fuel Consumption Standards, the model became subject to the eco-friendly car tax reduction. For the equipment as well, the three-point seatbelt with ELR, which adhered to passenger protection regulations implemented since July 2012, was installed on passenger seats as standard equipment.

ROSAMODELDisplacementFuelLineup Year
1960-1973B10 2,199 Gasoline1960-1965
B10D2,199 Diesel1961
B20D3,299 Diesel1961-1964
B21D3,520 Diesel1963-1968
B22D3,520 Diesel1964-1968
B23D3,473 Diesel1968-1973
B24D3,473 Diesel1968-1973
B122,000 Gasoline 1966-1968
B12D2,199 Diesel1966-1968
B132,315 Gasoline1969-1973
B142,384 Diesel1969-1970
B162,659 Diesel 1970-1973
1973-1986B2052,300 Gasoline1973-1979
B2152,300 Gasoline 1973-1979
B2002,700 Diesel1973-1979
B2102,700 Diesel1973-1979
B3604,000 Diesel1973-1979
BE2013,300 Diesel 1978-1986
BE2113,300 Diesel 1978-1986
BC2112,346 Gasoline1979-1986
BH2143,200 Diesel 1983-1986
1986-1997P-BE4343,299 Diesel 1986-1997
P-BE4353,567 Diesel
KC-BE436E3,567 Diesel
KC-BE438E4,561 Diesel
KC-BE438F4,561 Diesel
BG4384,561 Diesel
KC-BE449F 3,907 Diesel
KC-BE459F 3,907 Diesel
1997-KK-BE63EE5,300 Diesel1997-
KK-BE63EG5,300 Diesel
KK-BE64EG5,300 Diesel
KK-BG64EG5,300 Diesel
KK-BE63EG 5,200 Diesel
KK-BE64DG4,900 Diesel
KK-BE64DJ4,900 Diesel
KK-BE66DG 4,900 Diesel
KK-BE63CE 4,200 Diesel
KK-BE63CG4,200 Diesel
KK-BE63EE 5,200 Diesel
KK-BE63EG5,200 Diesel
KK-BE64DJ4,900 Diesel
KK-BE66DG4,900 Diesel
KK-BE63CE4,200 Diesel
KK-BE63CG4,200 Diesel
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