We informed you earlier that Mitsubishi will launch the Eclipse 5-seater premium SUV in India in 2020. Besides this, the Japanese brand is considering the successful Mitsubishi Xpander Crossover-MPV for India. This crossover-styled MPV was first unveiled at the GIIAS 2017 and is already on sale in select Asian markets.
If media reports are to be believed, the Mitsubishi Xpander MPV could be locally developed at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s plant in India. The Xpander is a low-cost crossover-MPV developed for developing nations including Indonesia and Thailand. It has been receiving an overwhelming response in Indonesia with over 80,000 orders till June this year. For Indian market, Mitsubishi will need to locally develop this MPV to make a strong impact.
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The report says that Uttam Bose, Managing Director, Mitsubishi India confirmed that the Xpander is being considered for our market; however, there is no final decision yet. The automaker will need to upgrade the MPV’s engine to the BS-VI norms. It is powered by a EURO IV-compliant 4A91 1.50-litre MIVEC four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that produces 105PS of power and 141Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. Also See – Mitsubishi Outlander Launched In India
In terms of proportions, the new Mitsubishi Xpander is 4,475mm in length, 1,750mm in width and 1,700mm in height. It comes with a wheelbase of 2,775mm and offers an impressive ground clearance of 205mm. The crossover-MPV offers a maximum luggage carrying capacity of 1,630-litres. With decent localisation, Mitsubishi could achieve a price tag of around Rs 10 lakh. This could be a great competitor to the likes of Suzuki Ertiga and the upcoming Mahindra Marazzo.
The Xpander is based on Mitsubishi’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ design that we have already seen on new Outlander. The front grille has a layered look and has the company’s signature X shaped radiator grille and sharp looking full LED headlamps. At the back, the MPV gets L-shaped tail-lights with LED detailing. Other design highlights include sculpted wheel arches, floating roof, blacked-out D pillar and large greenhouse area.
Source – Moneycontrol