Mitsubishi has revealed a yet-to-be-named MPV based on their XM Crossover concept which was introduced at last year’s Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). Extensive reports suggest that the new MPV will be called the Expander but we have to wait till the 2017 GIIAS for confirmation. Having already invested 250 million USD for its development, the car is very likely to be a global model (and new reports confirm this).
In European markets, the car could retain its XM name (from concept) or Mitsubishi could go for another one. There is no confirmation of its launch in India but the Expander could be the manufacturer’s long overdue entry in to the lower segments.
|Price in Indonesia||189 million Rupiah|
|On sale||GIIAS 2017|
|Price in India||Rs. 12 lakhs|
|Launch in India||2018|
Mitsubishi Expander Exterior design
Surprisingly, the Mitsubishi Expander has retained many of the futuristic lines of the concept. The car looks like a stretched version of the Eclipse cross, closely following the brand’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ design philosophy.
At its front, the headlamps follow an unconventional placement in the bumper and is huge in size. Sleek LED pilot lamps take up the place that is usually occupied by headlamps, flanking the grille. The foglamps are centrally placed, lower down.
The sides of the car get deep cuts and creases, along with a floating roof effect provided by the blackened C-pillar. The 16-inch dual-tone, split-spoke alloy wheels look good, and so does the chrome lining in its window sills. Its rear is as quirky as the front, getting L-shaped taillights and aggressive detailing.
Talking about the XM concept, it’s ‘X’ stands for crossover and ‘M’ stands for MP-V. They want to bring the aggressiveness of a crossover to a segment which has mostly seen bland, 7-seat, family pullers. The Expander kind-of acheives this as well.
Mitsubishi Expander Interior
While the Expander’s interior has its own share of aggressive lines, it looks pale in comparison with the exterior. The design is familiar, and something seen on most, affordable family-puller across Asia.
The car gets a dual-tone dashboard with features like three spoke steering wheel, faux wood inserts, silver highlights, circular air-con vents and touchscrren infotainment system. There is seating for 7 passengers and the rear and middle row seats can be split 50:50 and 60:40 respectively.
Mitsubishi Expander Engine
Power for the Expander comes from a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Only FWD is available at the moment.
Mitsubishi Expander for UK and Europe
As we said, there are reports that the Expander will come to Europe next year.
Mitsubishi Expander (GM) for USA
No details on the car’s prospects for the States are available. The Outlander (available as both 5- and 7-seater) is Mitsubishi’s sole crossover there, and the Expander would be a good addition to the manufacturer’s portfolio.
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Mitsubishi Expander India
Though the Expander will compete with Honda’s BR-V in most Asian market, In India (if it’s launched), the MPV could be placed in direct competition with Toyota’s Innova. Prices will however be lower in comparison.
Images from Indonesia: Otodriver