Mitsubishi Xpander could be sold in Bolivia – Report


Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.

In August, we reported that Mitsubishi is considering the Xpander for Middle Eastern markets. Now, a report by Nikkei suggests that the company sees Egypt and Bolivia as potential markets for the Mitsubishi Xpander.

Mitsubishi Xpander front at GIIAS 2017
The Mitsubishi Xpander has managed to garner 7,500 bookings in Indonesia since its introduction on August 10 at the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia auto show.

Developed primarily for the Indonesian market where MPVs lead the market, the Xpander made its debut last month at the GIIAS 2017. The car is slated to reach Thailand and Philippines in February followed by other South East Asian markets like Malaysia and Vietnam. 20,000 units of the Mitsubishi Xpander are planned for exports in the initial phase.

Mitsubishi has concluded that demand for MPVs is high in emerging markets. However, the company plans to sell 85% of the total production volume in Indonesia which is the first goal. Expansion to the Middle Eastern and Latin American markets is under consideration but is unlikely this year. The Mitsubishi Xpander could eventually head to some European markets as well.

The Xpander is manufactured at Mitsubishi’s new plant in Bekasi Prefecture, West Java Province. It comes armed with a 1.5 L four cylinder MIVEC engine that produces 77 kW (103.26 hp) and 141 Nm. 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic are the transmission options on offer. Concerning dimensions, it measures 4,475 mm long, 1,750 mm wide and 1,700 mm tall.

Mitsubishi Xpander rear three quarters left side at GIIAS 2017
The company believes there is strong demand for multipurpose vehicles such as the Xpander in emerging markets.

Prices of the Mitsubishi Xpander start at Rp. 189 million (INR 9,03,515.15). As of August 24, the company had reportedly received 7,500 bookings for the MPV.

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[source – Asian Review]

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