Mitsubishi MPV ‘Expander’ revealed, for Indonesian market

Brett Davis

The chunky new Mitsubishi MPV has been revealed, following a teaser last week. It’s known as the ‘Expander’, although the company is yet to confirm its name.

The new model is inspired by the XM Concept from last year and it has been designed primarily for emerging markets such as Indonesia. What is it exactly? It’s basically a small MPV with some off-road credentials to help it attract some SUV buyers, with 205mm of ground clearance.

Standing at 4475mm long, it’s about 100mm longer than the current ASX small SUV. Being slightly larger, the cabin space is big enough to accommodate seven seats.

The rest of the interior is classic Mitsubishi Motors with user-friendliness being the key, along with a touch of modernity and advanced tech. Atop the dash fascia is a touch-screen media interface while down below are the usual climate controls. For the driver the steering wheel appears to be borrowed from the ASX.

Mitsubishi says the new model offers the best of both SUV and MPV worlds; with “ruggedness and roominess, character and convenience,” and a bold design that stands out on the road. In a statement, the company said:

“MMC’s new Next-Generation MPV delivers class-topping roominess and utility through its highly variable interior, with easy access to comfortable third-row seats, along with a spacious luggage compartment.”

Under the bonnet the new model comes with a 1.5-litre 16-valve four-cylinder petrol engine featuring MIVEC variable valve timing. Specific outputs haven’t been disclosed but the company says it offers a “high output” and low fuel consumption. It’s paired to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, with front-wheel drive only.

The new model has been designed to cater for Indonesia’s most demanding small SUV owners. It will be produced at MMC’s new Indonesian facility in Bekasi Prefecture, West Java.

Next Post

2018 BMW M4 CS on sale in Australia from $211,610

Driving fans will be pleased to hear the new BMW M4 CS has landed in Australia, sitting above the M4 Competition Package, and just below the GTS (sold out in Australia). Revealed in April this year, the M4 CS is designed as a club sport vehicle, with track driving a […]

Subscribe Us Now