Mitsubishi’s next generation compact MPV, rumored to be called the “Expander” has been revealed by the Japanese brand to finally replace your aging, smokey, Euro 2 compliant only Mitsubishi Adventure that will be banned for new car registration next year by the Philippine government for it is (finally) moving up to Euro 4 as its minimum requirement.
The new MPV looks bold and sharp, almost unchanged from the XM Concept it is based, which also premiered at the Philippine International Motor Show last year.
Unlike most budget MPVs which seem to look like they have tiny wheels, the new Mitsubishi MPV has good proportions, and it’ll be interesting to see what’s coming up in the next few days as the GAIKINDO Indonesian International Auto Show, from August 11-20, 2017. LED daytime running lights are placed on the sides of the grille, while the main head lamps are separated from the daytime running lights, much like in the Citroen C4 and Hyundai Kona. No details have been revealed about the interior yet, only noting that it’ll offer plenty of space for 7 people.
Powering the “Next Generation MPV” is a 1.5 liter petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission (Hey! 1997 called, they want their 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic back!). We’ll know more as the 2017 GIIAS draws nearer.
The new MPV will be built a Mitsubishi’s new factory in Indonesia’s Bekasi Prefecture in the West Java Province. It will arrive at the Philippines most likely Q1 2018.