Mitsubishi has previewed the all-new seven-seater MPV in Indonesia, with the global debut expected to happen at the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta next month. The new Mitsubishi MPV will be assembled at the company's new production facility in Bekasi, West Jawa.
Expected to be named Expander, the new model combines elements from an SUV and MPV into one package. The company said that the new model will feature "generous room for luggage or cargo, all at a competitive price".
Visually, the new Mitsubishi Expander features the company's Dynamic Shield corporate design up front. The LED daytime running lights are positioned at the top, at each end of the front grille. The headlights are located at the bottom edge of the front bumper, just above the turn signals. A pair of front fog lights can be found at the very bottom of the front bumper.
As for the interior, the Mitsubishi Expander gets a dual-tone black and beige configuration with fabric upholstery. Keyless Operation System is available, and the Mitsubishi Expander also comes with follow-me-home lights, which keeps the headlights on for 30 seconds after exiting the vehicle. From the photos released by Mitsubishi, we can also see that the new Expander gets a 2-DIN infotainment system, conventional air-conditioning controls, steering wheel-mounted audio control and a large colour multi-info display (MID). The cabin also features various 12V sockets and USB ports for convenience.
Power comes from a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with MIVEC, paired to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic that sends power to the front wheels. Output figures have yet to be disclosed by Mitsubishi.
The new Mitsubishi Expander is developed for Indonesia's Low Multi Purpose Vehicle (LMPV) segment, in which it will compete against the Honda BR-V, Toyota Avanza, Suzuki Ertiga and Nissan Grand Livina. Nissan could utilize the Expander's platform for its next generation Grand Livina as the former holds a 34% stake in Mitsubishi.
When the new Mitsubishi Expander goes official in Indonesia next month, a total of six variants are expected, with prices starting from IDR 189 million till IDR 246 million (~RM61k to RM79k).