Mitsubishi, the Japanese car-maker is supposedly preparing an MPV concept based on the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The company has dropped a teaser to unveil the concept at the upcoming 2016 GIIAS, scheduled to be held between August 11-21 at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition near Jakarta, Indonesia.
Honda also launched its much-awaited compact SUV, the BR-V at GIIAS last year, and received a warm welcome by being booked on the spot in appreciable numbers. Getting inspired from Honda’s success, Mitsubishi also revealed just a teaser of what to expect at this year’s GIIAS. Auto experts suggest from the teaser image that the concept MPV will be a rival for the Honda’s BR-V.
Indonesia presents a big market for 7-seater vehicles, and Mitsubishi cannot go wrong with its Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV). The teaser image suggests the concept possesses the toughness of an SUV with the versatility of an MPV. It looks the perfect balance of sleek and rugged, complimented with a tall ride height, roof rails, pronounced wheel arches and Mitsubishi’s brutish Dynamic Shield front end design. Although the name or specifications of the MPV concept hasn’t been revealed yet, but auto experts are expecting the engine to be more powerful than the 1.2-litre 3A92 3-cylinder engine, currently available in Mitsubishi’s hatchbacks, Attrage and Mirage.
According to experts, the cabin is capable of supporting seating of 7 passengers ergonomically. We can at least expect features like a decent infotainment system, with touch interface, along with rear air-conditioning unit in the top end trim.
Mitsubishi announced that the upcoming MPV will be manufactured at the MMC’s facility located at Bekasi city, which is capable to deliver up to 240,000 units per year, suggesting Mitsubishi already anticipates heavy sales for its concept.
Although no announcements are made for Indian launch of the MPV concept by Mitsubishi yet, but we at The TeCake expect it to arrive next year in 2017. The MPV will face direct competition from Honda’s BR-V, Suzuki S-Cross and also Hyundai’s compact SUV, Creta.