New Express comes with French accent


Mitsubishi’s updated van arrives this year, courtesy of Renault

New Express comes with French accent
The new Express

 

Mitsubishi Motors Australia is set to launch its Renault-made Express van in July.

The model’s first update in more than seven years and the first one manufactured by Mitsubishi’s Alliance partner, the Trafic-like Express will be offered in both short and long wheelbase with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions.

And, like the previous generation of Express, it will come standard with dual sliding doors across the range.

"Mitsubishi is known for bringing Australians a range of flexible, dependable and capable vehicles, and the Express retains these Mitsubishi characteristics," Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO Shaun Westcott says.

"For customers who need more flexibility, we will offer both short and long wheelbase, our dual sliding doors and a number of accessories to ensure easy configuration of the van for different business requirements.

"We think these practical features – along with a strong value proposition – will make businesses and fleet managers consider the Express when it comes to building more capability into their business."

Engine and powertrain

The Express will be offered with both 1.6-litre twin turbo diesel engine, and a 2-litre single turbo diesel engine fitted with a 25-litre AdBlue tank for improved emissions.

The 1.6-litre engine is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, while the six-speed dual clutch transmission (6DCT) automatic models are available with the bigger diesel.


 

Read how the Alliance flagged the new Express, here


Owners will be able to choose from a standard six-speed manual or optional 6DCT, based on their needs.

All Express variants are front wheel drive with Extended Grip – a traction-control mode activated by the driver to assist in low grip conditions.

Load area

The load area comes in both 5.2 cubic metre  (SWB) and 6 cu m (LWB) volumes.

Mitsubishi says it has worked with a number of suppliers so that this space can be configured to suit the load.

"The van’s gross combination mass gives businesses the ability to carry loads within the van, or across van and trailer," it adds.

Exterior

The Express’s exterior is built to support busy delivery drivers, with dual sliding side doors and glazed rear barn doors with 90-degree and 180-degree stops. 

The rear bumper has an integrated step for easy loading and unloading.

The 16-inch steel wheels are standard, and a full-size spare is stored under the cargo floor.

Interior

The Express has three seats.

The driver’s seat has centre retractable armrest, manual height and lumbar adjustment, as well as height and reach steering wheel adjustment. 

The audio unit is enabled for Bluetooth and USB connection, offering hands free telephone and music streaming.

"The driver can gain easy access to equipment, utilising the open storage on top of the dash while all variants include an integrated smartphone cradle," the make says.

Safety

Standard features include cruise control with speed limiter, auto stop and go (with manual off switch), hill start assist. Also standard are Rear park assist, antilock braking systems (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), and a driver blindspot mirror in passenger sunvisor.

The Express features five airbags: driver and passenger front and curtain airbags, in addition to a driver thorax airbag.

"It is possible to manually deactivate the passenger front airbag in instances where the cabin is configured for other uses," Mitsubishi says.

"To assist drivers to load and unload safely, the 6DCT model has a rear view camera with display in the interior rear view mirror. It also has dusk sensing auto headlights and rain sensing windscreen wipers."

Colours and trims

The Express will be available in white, black, red and platinum grey (silver).

The interior trim on all models is a hardwearing black fabric.

 

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