Mitsubishi Grandis

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Mitsubishi Grandis


Quiet highway cruising

Not so

Engine power barely

Front seats lack support

No steering reach


People movers, to Mitsubishi, are often grudge The sort of car that no-body wants to be seen in but one that transport requirements dictate. As a car makers competing in this part of the market are always to convince us that their new mover is not simply boring and family transport but rather … and exciting designed to the active needs of the modern dad and couple of kids.

Mitsubishi’s offering is called the Grandis and it the Nimbus people mover sold from 1984 to in various guises. Mitsubishi the Grandis is an Active Recreational Sounds nice, but it’s a people mover with its and flexible seven-seat capacity, sized body and four-cylinder

As is the norm these days, the is far more stylish and appealing and the major players, no longer on commercial vehicle vans it driving dynamics that are a for many passenger cars.

As the first all-new vehicle to Mitsubishi’s new corporate design the Grandis replaces both of previous people carriers the Nimbus and van-based Starwagon and sits somewhere in the middle. It is bigger than the Nimbus 170mm longer 20mm and sitting on a 50mm longer — providing much interior space for the 2-3-2 row seating layout and still a decent luggage space.

one engine/transmission is on offer — a petrol four-cylinder mated to a tiptronic style sequential automatic priced at $45,710. A pack adds a further to the price with the only option being dual at a cost of $2000.

Mitsubishi’s own indicates that the highest for people in this market are capacity and flexibility and the Grandis on both counts. Up front are two the second row is a 60/40 split on long sliding runners squabs and backs that can fully forward, while the two third row seats can fold into the flat floor and be turned to face the rear a place to park your when the vehicle is stationary. for weekend footy matches.

As a car designed to carry a wide of people and cargo, the Grandis a comfortable and spacious interior. is plenty of head and legroom for and second row adults and although the two seats are tight on head and leg for adults, they would be for short trips or could children up to teenage on longer

The seats are well sculpted the only gripe being a of lumbar support in the front Although the driver’s pew is fully the steering column lacks a adjustment that would getting a good driving easier.

Sitting relatively visibility through the big glass is good and the layout of the wave-form provides good ergonomics and a to use traditional layout for instruments and

Standard equipment levels on the and convenience front are high and power windows and mirrors with an electric fold-in — remote locking, control, front and rear climate control, four-speaker player and plenty of reading storage cubbies and cupholders the cabin.

The luxury pack is cosmetics with the main additions being a dual 16-inch alloy wheels, two speakers, roof rails and privacy glass from the back.


Safety should be a high in people carriers and the Grandis skimp. Apart from the safety delivered by its competent and standard anti-lock brakes electronic brake force the car is fitted with a full of airbags.

Up front are two dual frontal bags for driver and passenger and seat mounted airbags. In a first for the class, the also features side airbags to protect the front and row passengers in the event of a side

All seats are fitted with lap sash belts with and belt force limiters on the seats.


Grandis is the outing in Australia for Mitsubishi’s new technology which has been to the company’s 2.4-litre four engine. Mivec is essentially the maker’s acronym for variable timing and, in this it has given the Grandis the highest output in the class with peak power. Maximum is 217Nm.

Compared to the outputs of the 4WD, which essentially the same engine sans-Mivec, the and torque are increased by 21kW and Mitsubishi is set to deliver this into the Outlander later in while 2005 will see the Lancer hatch fitted the same engine.

Mated to the Grandis engine is a four-speed automatic transmission. is Mitsubishi’s very good II Smart Logic unit adapts shift points to style and road conditions used in Drive, or can be manually shifted by flicking the gear forward or backward.

The front is a MacPherson strut arrangement the rear uses a semi-trailing arm for its compact design.

Mitsubishi Grandis


The mover segment, although accounting for just 2 per cent or 1000 sales a month, a broad stretch of prices the bargain basement $29,990 Kia to the top end extravagance of the $78,590 Chrysler AWD Voyager.

Somewhere in the middle sit the with the two most obvious for the Grandis being Honda’s — replaced by an all-new in July 2004 — and the Avensis Verso.

Both up pretty well and the new Odyssey, the Grandis, is a far sleeker looking than its predecessor. All three are close on price, comfort, kit and so it really comes down to preferences.

Toyota’s Tarago slips in as a secondary rival with the myriad offerings of sedans and wagons and mid-size/large drives which many opt for in place of people movers.


The unfortunate image people movers carry doesn’t translate into the generation’s driving characteristics and the performs admirably among the of them. At least the four versions that is and here is the

Trawling through the Sydney the car’s engine, although not adept at getting the car off the line is more than adequate in up with the urban traffic.

But we got onto the roads that up and around the Blue Mountains Mitsubishi launched the car, the nature of the Grandis became obvious.

Absolute peak and torque figures only part of the story — they peak in the rev range a more relevant story. defines how the car needs to be driven you require that extra to pull up a long steep or overtake a slow moving Both require patience thought.

With the maximum not kicking in till 6000rpm and torque coming on stream 4000rpm, this engine to be revved hard to get the most out of it. means holding onto gears — often was needed for the steeper hills and the easiest way to do that is use the manual

Luckily, the engine is smooth and enough that pushing it doesn’t intrude too much the otherwise very quiet and the Sports Shift mode is responsive. But that said, we still only riding two up and I help feeling that in a laden car, the progress have been a lot slower.

the Grandis’ higher ride body control is good and in the car feels solid and predictable on the with lightish but still steering. At the same time comfort is good with the suspension soaking up most Over all but the worst surfaces, the car is quiet with little noise penetrating the cabin.

If seven-seat capacity or a versatile is high on your priorities and you mind adequate but hardly engine performance, then the new is well worth a look.

Tuesday, 1 June 2004

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