Following Mitsubishi Motors’ absorption into the Renault-Nissan Alliance, news got out that Nissan is actually developing the new Grand Livina which will be based on the Mitsubishi Xpander MPV.
Although we knew that both models are essentially the same cars which are going to be differentiated by slightly different styling, we had no idea how the all-new Grand Livina is going to look like.
Well, looks like we don’t have to wait any longer as the all-new Grand Livina has finally been spotted in Jakarta.
From what we can see in the images shared by the folks at AutonetMagz.com Indonesia, the all-new Grand Livina definitely shares the same platform and body as the Xpander.
The main difference is the design of the front fascia. While the Xpander features Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design theme, the Livina looks quite different, thanks to Nissan’s V-Motion grille, and a redesigned bumper with chrome lip. The LED headlights and the wheel design look different as well.
At the rear, a few minor bits differentiate the both. For instance, the all-new Grand Livina comes with blacked out bits around and in between the tail lights, unlike the Xpander. The Grand Livina’s rear bumper looks like it has been redesigned as well.
There have not been any shots on the interior yet, but expect it to be almost identical to the Xpander, with slightly different features.
As for the mechanical stuff, we expect the all-new Grand Livina to be powered by the same powertrain package as the Xpander, which is a 1.5-litre MIVEC petrol engine that outputs 104 PS and 141 Nm, driving the front wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission.
That being said, it is unclear if the Malaysia-market all-new Grand Livina will be imported from Mitsubishi’s plant in Indonesia, or assembled at Tan Chong’s plant in Serendah.
It is also worth noting that TCMA already has an existing relationship with Mitsubishi Motors prior to the tri-diamond brand’s entry into the Alliance.
Its Segambut plant, which specializes in contract assembly work, has been assembling the five-seater ASX for Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, before adding the seven-seater Outlander to the list.