Mitsubishi Expander teased, will rival Suzuki Ertiga and new Honda Mobilio - The Financial Express

Mitsubishi Expander teased, will rival Suzuki Ertiga and new Honda Mobilio

The Mitsubishi Expander crossover MPV will be showcased at the 25th GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show. The car is expected to be launched in India by 2018.

By: | Updated: July 20, 2017 2:21 PM
Mitsubishi Expander front Mitsubishi Expander front

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has teased some images of its upcoming crossover MPV, which is slated to be called the Expander. The car manufacturer will debut unveil the Mitsubishi Expander MPV at the 25th GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). According to the company, the new crossover MPV will be wider and larger than other MPVs in the Indonesian market presently and will be equipped with new technologies. The new Mitsubishi Expander will share some of its equipment with the Pajero Sport as well as the XM concept model along with the new Dynamic Shield design language.

The upcoming model will feature horizontal chrome slats on the front grille, projector headlamps positioned above the bumper along with LED daytime running lamps. The rear-end of the MPV will feature L-shaped LED split tail lamps and roof mounted spoiler. The car will also get flared-up wheel arches along with a shoulder line that starts from under the A-pillar and wraps around the tail gate to end in the tail lamp. The side crease too starts from the front fender and rises up to the rear bumper, neatly merging into it.

Mitsubishi Expander side profileMitsubishi Expander side profile

The interior images have not been revealed yet, but we expect the cabin to get a three-row layout with a seven or eight-seat configuration. The company also says that the new model will have space in the cargo as well as inside the cabin at par with the competition.

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Mitsubishi Expander rear profileMitsubishi Expander rear profile

Details about the engine options are not disclosed yet by the car manufacturer, but the Mitsubishi Expander is likely to be powered by a petrol engine with a displacement of 1.5 litre. The Mitsubishi Expander will be positioned against the likes of the Suzuki Ertiga and the new Honda Mobilio in Indonesia. Mitsubishi has not confirmed the Expander for the Indian market and considering Mitsubishi's operations in India, it seems unlikely that this car will hit the Indian shores anytime soon. Even if the company does launch it here, the Expander will face tough competition from the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, which even the Honda Mobilio could not compete with in terms of sales volumes.

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