Mitsubishi revives the Express Van | TRANSPORT NEWS

Mitsubishi Motors Australia will launch the EXPRESS van in July, expanding the commercial range and providing Mitsubishi customers with a van for the first time in more than seven years.

The EXPRESS will be offered in both short and long wheelbase versions  with a choice of manual and automated manual transmissions and, like the previous generation of EXPRESS, it will come standard with dual sliding doors and glazed rear barn doors with 900 and 1800 stops.  The rear bumper has an integrated step for easy loading and unloading.

The EXPRESS is the first product for Mitsubishi customers manufactured in France by our Alliance partner Renault. It will be released first in Australia and later in New Zealand.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO, Shaun Westcott said: “Mitsubishi is known for bringing Australians a range of flexible, dependable and capable vehicles, and the EXPRESS retains these Mitsubishi characteristics.

Engine choice will be between a 1.6L twin turbo diesel engine, and a 2.0L single turbo diesel engine fitted with a 25 litre AdBlue tank for improved emissions. The 1.6L engine is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, while the six-speed dual clutch transmission (6DCT) automatic models are available with the 2.0L diesel.

The load area comes in both 5.2m3 (SWB) and 6.0m3 (LWB) volumes. 16” steel wheels are standard, and a full-size spare is stored under the cargo floor.

The EXPRESS has three seats, with the driver’s seat featuring a 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.

Standard features include cruise control with speed limiter, auto stop and go (with manual off switch) and 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.

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.

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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