Mitsubishi Grandis

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Mitsubishi Grandis
2003-2005 Mitsubishi Grandis Elegance.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerMitsubishi Motors
China Motor Corporation
Also calledMitsubishi Space Wagon
Production2003–2011
AssemblyJapan: Okazaki, Aichi (Nagoya Plant)
Taiwan: Yang Mei
Thailand: Laem Chabang
DesignerOlivier Boulay
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size MPV
Body style5-door MPV
LayoutFront engine, FWD/4WD
RelatedMitsubishi Savrin
Mitsubishi Outlander
Powertrain
Engine4G69 2.4 L I4 MIVEC
VW 2.0 L I4 DI-D
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed INVECS-II automatic (petrol)
6-speed manual (diesel)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,830 mm (111.4 in)
Length4,765 mm (187.6 in)
Width1,795 mm (70.7 in)
Height1,655–1,700 mm (65.2–66.9 in)
Curb weight1,655–1,725 kg (3,649–3,803 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorMitsubishi Chariot

The Mitsubishi Grandis is a seven seat MPV built by Mitsubishi Motors to replace its Chariot/Space Wagon/Nimbus line. It was launched on 14 May 2003 and was sold in Japan, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, and South America.[1] Engines available were a 2.4 litre four-cylinder and a Volkswagen sourced 2.0 litre turbodiesel (not available in Jamaica), badged DI-D rather than TDI as Volkswagen denotes it.

Mitsubishi Grandis VR-X (Australia)

The exterior styling was based loosely on designer Olivier Boulay's earlier Mitsubishi Space Liner,[2] a monobox four seat concept vehicle with centre opening "suicide doors", first exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2001.[3]

It was the first all new vehicle featuring the company's new common "face", comprising a curved lower grille edge and a sharp crease rising up the leading edge of the bonnet from the prominent corporate badge.[4] It shared its platform with the Mitsubishi Airtrek, minus the increased ground clearance.[citation needed]

The Grandis was also the basis for the Mitsubishi FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) concept, powered by a fuel cell technology developed by then controlling shareholder DaimlerChrysler. DCX's "FC System" uses a fuel cell stack to replenish an array of NiMH batteries from 117 litres of compressed hydrogen storage.[5]

The Grandis was launched in Malaysia 28 July 2005 in conjunction with Mitsubishi's return to Malaysia.[6] The Grandis was updated in Malaysia in September 2007[7], July 2009[8] and in August 2010[9].

It won the Best MPV award at the Bangkok International Motor Show from 2005 to 2010.[10] During March 2009, it saw the cancellation of this model in the Japanese market, marking the end of the Chariot name after twenty six years of production. For 2011, it was discontinued globally.

Annual production and sales[edit]

Year Production Sales
Japan Overseas
2003 28,821 23,834 3,574
2004 19,173 5,247 14,352
2005 29,466 4,490 24,507
2006 17,928 1,756 16,870
2007 15,549 674 15,161
2008 8,583 281 8,283

(source: Facts & Figures 2008, Facts & Figures 2009, Mitsubishi Motors website)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mitsubishi Motors Releases New Grandis", Mitsubishi Motors press release, 14 May 2003
  2. ^ "Mitsubishi Grandis Review", Carpages.co.uk, 27 March 2005
  3. ^ ""New" Mitsubishi Motors Introduces Exciting Car Concepts At 35th Tokyo Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors Press Release, 17 October 2001
  4. ^ "Mitsubishi designer's vision unveiled", MMNA press release, PR Newswire, 9 January 2002
  5. ^ "Mitsubishi Motors Builds Fuel-Cell Vehicle", Mitsubishi Motors press release, 17 September 2003
  6. ^ khong, ys (2005-07-30). "Mitsubishi Makes a Comeback to Malaysia - Autoworld.com.my". Autoworld.com.my. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  7. ^ "Facelifted Mitsubishi Grandis in Malaysia". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  8. ^ "Mitsubishi Grandis updated with extra equipment!". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  9. ^ "Revised spec Mitsubishi Grandis with extra equipment". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  10. ^ "Mitsubishi Grandis and Strada win Car of the Year Awards at Bangkok International Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors Press Release, 29 March 2005
    Mitsubishi Motors : Space Wagon, MMTh website
    "มิตซูบิชิ ควบ 2 รางวัล "รถยอดเยี่ยม”", Thai PR, 2 April 2008
    "รางวัล Thailand Car of the Year ประจำปี 2009", Thai Auto Shop, 8 April 2009
    "ผลตัดสินรถยอดเยี่ยมแห่งปี2010 ในงานมอเตอร์โชว์ บีเอ็มฯคว้า7รางวัล มิตซูฯ5 นิสสัน3 จยย.ฮอนด้าได้4" Archived 2010-04-05 at the Wayback Machine, Matichon Online, 31 March 2010