What is Microvan?

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A microvan is a van or minivan that matches the Japanese Kei car classification or similar and is smaller than a mini MPV.
Japanese, micro vans are notably common in a geographical area, South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and also the Near East.

Microvans share similar characteristics with other sized MPVs by either seldomly or commonly consisting of sliding doors and carry 6/7/8 passengers. Since this category of a vehicle has fixed 3rd-row seats and it implies that there’s one vehicle for under passengers and another vehicle just for cargo and it doesn’t have the 3rd row dedicated for both passengers and cargo purposes these vehicles aren’t Multi-Purpose Vehicles.



The first vehicle to adopt the fashion of a van, with the engine installed before the motive force was the 1970s Honda Life “StepVan”. Some microvans utilize a drivetrain with the engine installed transversely, using front or all-wheel drive, while others use a cab over approach where the engine is installed beneath the driving force, while still utilizing all-wheel drive or rear-drive powertrains. Cab over variants usually shares their chassis with Kei truck derivatives from the identical manufacturer.

Most microvans have two swinging front doors, two sliding rear doors, and an outsized tailgate. Seating can vary from two to nine; these seats are usually very thin and vertical to optimize room. The side windows in commercial-only versions of micro vans are replaced by metallic panels and sometimes call also as “blind van”. Some models also feature pick-up variants with one or two-seat rows. Engines usually have displacements under 1.0 liter; for instance, Japanese microvans have a limit of 660 ccs. Outside the Japanese market, there are microvans available with 850 ccs to 1.6-liter engines.

The Kei car regulation is employed only in Japan, though other Asian automakers also design microvans with similar characteristics. The microvans are commonly called “key one box” in Japan alongside their pick-up version twins called Kei truck.

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