Set to be introduced somewhere between end-2017 and early-2018, Mitsubishi’s upcoming seven-seater model will have its sights aimed at the crossover-ish seven-seater Honda BR-V, as well as traditional MPVs like the Toyota Avanza and Nissan Grand Livina.
At the opening of Mitsubishi Motor’s new manufacturing plant in Indonesia, the company confirmed that an all-new seven-seater MPV will soon join the list of models produced at its new plant in Bekasi.
The yet to be named Mitsubishi seven-seater is expected to follow closely on the styling cues previewed by the Mitsubishi XM Concept car that was on display at last year’s Gaikindo Indonesa International Auto Show. Not much details have been revealed yet but a new 1.5-litre petrol engine is rumoured to be planned for the front-wheel drive Mitsubishi.
Now that Nissan owns 34 percent of Mitsubishi Motors, it is highly likely that the model will also spawn a Nissan-badged twin.
Apart from the upcoming seven-seater model, the new 160,000 units per year plant located in the province of West Java is currently producing the Triton-based Pajero Sport and the Colt L300 light commercial vehicle.
Built at the cost of 65 billion Yen, the plant is operated by Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Indonesia (MMKI), Mitsubishi Motors’ local joint venture company formed with its Indonesian partner PT Krama Yudha (KY).
Carlos Ghosn, chairman of MMC and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, said: "This plant represents a vote of confidence in Indonesia, in the ASEAN region and in the growth prospects of Mitsubishi Motors. We are proud to be creating jobs and investment in one of the region's largest and most important economies, which will be a strong manufacturing and export base for our expanding Alliance."
Osamu Masuko, chief executive of Mitsubishi Motors, added: "The Bekasi assembly facility symbolizes our ambition to be a market leader in Indonesia, where we will produce our best-selling Pajero Sport and a new MPV to meet growing demand for high-quality, rugged and reliable passenger vehicles. This will enable us to build share in a market where we have been present for more than 45 years."