Mitsubishi woke up from its slumber last year. The brand launched their all-new Outlander in India for around Rs 32 lakh, ex-showroom. However, while at that point of time, the company had said that the new Pajero Sport will be in showrooms by April 2019. However, its already May and there is no sign of the vehicle yet. Sources say that the future adoption of BS-VI is what has affected the Pajero’s prospects. The diesel engine is only BS-IV compliant at the moment. There are two new products that will be launched instead; the Mitsubishi Xpander and Eclipse Cross.
You were talking about the Mitsubishi Xpander MPV…
Yes, the Mitsubishi Xpander is one stylish MPV. In fact, there is no MPV in the Indian market quite like it. It is being said that the Xpander MPV will be in Indian showrooms by August 2019. However, much like most of the Japanese company’s offerings in India, this will be a CBU too. So, the Ertiga as well as Marazzo competitor may already have its work cut out. Adding to the things will be the 105PS/141Nm, 1.5-litre BS-VI petrol engine that will be offered with this MPV. It will be paired to a CVT or 5-speed manual gearbox. The Mitsubishi Xpander price in India, if it indeed comes in as a CBU, will be around Rs 15 lakh, ex-showroom.
There is another new product coming…
The Xpander will also be joined by a smaller SUV, the Eclipse Cross. This 5-seater crossover will be a MG Hector competitor. It boasts a lot of goodies, a nice cabin as well as has been given a 5-star crash safety rating too. The choice of powertrains here is a bit varied. These include a 1.5-litre turbo petrol that is good for 155PS and 250Nm. A CVT will be the lone gearbox offering. A 2.2-litre Euro-VI diesel engine too has been recently introduced and it is likely that Mitsubishi will offer this in India as well.
Pricing will be key. The Eclipse Cross too will be offered as a CBU and will be likely priced from Rs 16 lakh.
What do you think of Mitsubishi’s India plans? Do you think the company will be able to get things into place considering that most of its launches have been delayed in the past? Will you buy one of the aforementioned Mitsubishi products as and when they are launched in India? Do let us know.