Mitsubishi has just uncovered their newest MPV at GIIAS
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation took center stage at the 25th edition of the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition – Bumi Serpong Damai (ICE-BSD) in Jakarta with the much awaited world premiere of the new Xpander crossover MPV.
The new model is a key component to the future of Mitsubishi in the region by marrying the height of a crossover, the versatility of an MPV, and the efficiency of a compact car; important characteristics for any family-oriented vehicle in ASEAN and many other developing countries.
“The Mitsubishi Xpander is set to expand MMC’s strong presence in the Indonesian SUV and Light Commercial Vehicle markets further into the booming MPV segments and beyond, throughout the ASEAN region,” said Mr. Osamu Masuko, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Chief Executive Officer. “We intend to be right at the forefront of this growth by expanding customers’ lives.”
Mitsubishi Motors designed the Xpander to perform a variety of roles, fulfilling the duties of a rugged SUV with the usefulness of a multi-purpose vehicle. The look of the MPV is centered around Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield fascia and the tall, 5-door wagon body style common for SUVs and MPVs.
The new Xpander offers plenty of space with its 4475mm length, 1750mm width, and 1700mm height. The key factor for the Xpander is its ground clearance; at 205mm, the new MPV can get past most types of urban debris that are common in the cities of developing countries.
Inside, the Xpander features a three-row, 2-3-2 seating layout. The seating layout is versatile, and can be configured to accommodate passengers or cargo or both, depending on the need. Both rows fold flat, and the middle row also tumbles forward to ease ingress and egress for third row occupants. Mitsubishi says they developed the MPV to deliver high levels of noise suppression and comfort to provide its occupants with a smooth and convenient drive.
Powering the Xpander is a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with MIVEC; the company’s acronym for Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control. The engine makes 105 bhp and is matched with either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual gearbox. The vehicle is front-wheel drive only.
The Mitsubishi Xpander is produced at the Mitsubishi’s new factory in Bekasi Prefecture, West Java, Indonesia.