Mitsubishi Expander revealed in Indonesia
25 July 2017 - IndianAutosBlog
Mitsubishi Motor Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Sales Indonesia (MMKSI) have unveiled the Mitsubishi Expander in Indonesia.
The MPV has not officially been christened as Expander and is referred to by the company as the "Next Generation MPV". The commercial name could be revealed at GIIAS 2017 in Jakarta that kicks off on 10 August where the crossover MPV makes its public debut.
Consistent with the teasers and leaked images, the new MPV features a nose styled based on the Mitsubishi's 'Dynamic Shield' philosophy. It features a rather unusual setup wherein the headlamps and turn indicators occupy space in the front bumper. The triple-slat chrome grille is flanked by LED pilot lamps on either side.
At the back, there are L-shape tail light clusters with LED detailing. The Expander has been given a floating roof effect thanks to the semi-darkened C-pillar. Other highlights include a chrome strip that runs across the window sill and dual tone split spoke 16-inch alloy wheels.
Compared to the flashy exterior, the dashboard design of the Mitsubishi Expander is sedated. It is finished in a dual tone black and beige combination with faux wood inserts. The touchscreen display for the infotainment unit does not sit flush with the centre console. Below the display are circular aircon controls. Silver highlights adorn the aircon vents, centre console and the three-spoke steering wheel. The instrument cluster houses the analogue dial and a digital MID screen in the middle. The cabin can accommodate up to 7 passengers, and a width of 1,410 mm allows for easy sideways movement of the second-row seats. The folding middle row is a 60:40 split while the third-row seats are 50:50 split.
As reported earlier, powering the Mitsubishi MPV will be a 1.5 MIVEC petrol engine that comes with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The Expander is 4,475 mm long, 1,750 mm wide and 1,700 mm tall making it larger than rivals. It has a ground clearance of 205 mm.