Mitsubishi is all set to present to the world its new production spec people carrier at the 25th GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show scheduled to be held in Jakarta from August 10 through August 20. The Japanese manufacturer says it will announce its official name at the show and until then it simply calls it the Next-Generation MPV.
As per Mitsubishi, the Multi Purpose Vehicle is aimed at people who search for the roominess of classic vans, but like the rugged appearance of modern crossovers and SUVs. The brand says it combines the best of both MPV and SUV worlds, offering “ruggedness and roominess, character and convenience, style and function, all in a bold design that could impress all around the world.”
Well, atleast for us, the front end of the MPV looks very very busy and is not at all attractive. There are too many features and characters inspired by different Mitsubishi concepts from the recent years with the model featuring three rows of headlights. The LED DLRs are located at the top, the massive headlights are mounted lower, and the fog lamps are placed very low in the front brush guard. Compared to the front, the rear end seems to be more conservatively designed with more conventional shape of the taillights and the bumper.
The three-row interior of the van is created to provide “plenty of room and generous head clearance for all passengers” with “excellent access to the comfortable third-row seats.” While Mitsubishi has not revealed further details yet, the only interior photo reveals the MPV has a two-tone dashboard and door cards, massive center console with integrated infotainment screen, and a classic instrument cluster.
Power for the yet to be named model will be provided by a 1.5-liter, 16-valve petrol engine, mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, sending power exclusively to the front wheels. Sales are expected to begin shortly after the vehicle’s public launch at the Jakarta auto show with prices starting at 189 million Rupiah, or about $14,197 at the current exchange rates.
With Mitsubishi faring very poorly in India, it is highly doubtful whether the MPV will make it to our shores but if it does, it will definitely compete against the likes of Toyota Innova Crysta and Renault Lodgy.