Modern, stylish, and sporty--these three words best describe the Chrysler Conquest. This vehicle was introduced to the American market in 1983, and it was a beautiful combination of advanced technology and high-grade design. For instance, it had an electronically controlled thermostatic climate control feature, and it also had a sleek design that was considered new for its time. Here's a quick look at the Conquest and its roots in Japan.
Design and development
The early 80s in Japan was a period of great competition between automakers in the Grand Tourer Sports Car segment. Nearly every car maker had its own take on the Grand Tourer and Mitsubishi was no exception. To join the bandwagon, the company designed and developed the Mitsubishi Starion--a two-door, four-seat sports car that was powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder rear-wheel drive engine. During that time, the Starion found itself in close competition with other cars that were sold in the market such as the Nissan Z, Mazda RX-7, Toyota Supra, Honda Prelude, and Isuzu Piazza.
Arrival in America
In 1983, the Starion reached American shores. But apart from being sold as the Mitsubishi Starion, this vehicle was also rebadged and sold under different marques such as Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth. This marked the beginning of the Chrysler Conquest.
Like its Mitsubishi Starion counterpart, the Chrysler Conquest was made available in two body styles that buyers can choose from--narrow and wide. In Japan, the narrow-bodied Starion was more popular because it followed the country's strict automobile size regulations. And aside from that, owning a larger vehicle in the country meant having to pay higher taxes, so consumers always opted to have smaller cars. In the United States, the Chrysler Conquest was initially made available with a narrow body only. But in 1985, the limited edition narrow Conquest was sold in the market and it was considered unique because of its intercooler. Later on, a high-performance, wide-bodied version of the Conquest also emerged and this paved the way for the two body designs to become separate ranges.
Some automakers create vehicles to commemorate special events and the Chrysler Conquest was one good example. In 1988, the Conquest TSI-SE was crafted to celebrate and remember the wins of The Sports Car Club of America and the International Motor Sports Association.
Engine and transmission
The Conquest was powered by either a 2.0 L L4G63 I4 engine or a 2.6 L 4G54 I4 engine. They were also driven by either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission system.
Through the years, the Chrysler Conquest was made available with different lengths and widths, which made buying the car quite special. It is important to note that some dimensions were reserved for large-bodied or small-bodied Conquests.