Just like SUV segment, MPV space has also witnessed quite some movements in the past couple of years. Even though it is still ruled by cars Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta, we saw the introduction of new MPVs like Mahindra Marazzo, Mercedes V-Class and Renault Triber which is a sub-4 metre compact MPV. South Korean car maker Kia Motors also plans to launch their premium or luxury MPV Kia Carnival later this year in the Indian market. Amidst all this, it seems like Mitsubishi is also planning to launch a new product for India. Mitsubishi’s Xpander MPV was recently spotted testing here on our roads.
Mitsubishi was a very popular brand back in the day but, lost its charm in India due to various reasons like rising competition, limited products, price and of course dealership networks. Mitsubishi currently sells only two models in India- One is Pajero Sport whereas the other is the Mitsubishi Outlander. If launched, the XPander will be their third offering in Indian market.
The Xpander is basically a 7-seater MPV that will rival with Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Xpander is not a new model and is already being sold in other Asian markets like Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia. It looks similar to the model sold abroad. The front design looks quite unique with ‘X’ shaped wide grill with sleek DRL at the end. The headlamp is placed on the bumper and the turn indicator is placed under it. Chrome garnish that runs on both sides of the grille give it a premium appeal. The fog lamps have been placed on the lower part of the bumper.
The Xpander has a proper MPV character from the side. It has those small wheels with dual tone alloys in them and there is a strong shoulder line starting from the tail section and ends somewhere after the front door handle. Just like the front, rear also has an ‘X’ shape design at the rear with boomerang shaped tail lights. from the picture it is evident that Xpander will have 3 rows of seat and will be a 7-seater MPV.
Internationally, Mitsubishi Xpander uses a 1.5L, 4-cylinder, petrol engine that generates a maximum of 105 PS and 141 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. We expect to see the Mitsubishi Xpander launch in India later this year. Assembly through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route is likely.
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