- Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today announced that it will
launch the next-generation Grandis, a regular-size 3-row seating minivan,
at dealerships throughout Japan on May 17.
The new Grandis represents the company's fourth generation vehicle in
a segment pioneered in Japan by Mitsubishi Motors. Back in 1979, MMC was
the first company to present a concept for a minivan with 3 rows of seating
and an under-the-hood engine to the public at the Tokyo Motor Show. In
1983, MMC followed with the launch of the first Chariot. Now in 2003,
exactly 20 years later and based on the development keynote themes of
Emotional Design, Smart Performance, and Personal Coordination, the new
Grandis builds on this strong tradition and extends it to a level of a
New Age Premium.
"While further extending the traditional comfort and utility features
of the minivan, the Grandis stands out with its exciting emotional design,"
said MMC President and CEO Rolf Eckrodt. "This latest product offering
to our customers will help drive growth at dealers and add further traction
to our sales in Japan."
Although brand new in appearance, the Sporty & Elegant styling keynote
embraces an almost tangible warmth while the Japanese Modern design school
aesthetic is given expression throughout the body. Grandis follows the
Colt to become the second model to fully reflect the new Mitsubishi Motors
Design Identity also symbolized by the prominent placement of the three-diamond
logo at the front of the car.
Grandis raises the bar in terms of road performance and safety. The new
2.4-liter MIVEC engine [121kW (165PS)] delivers stress-free motive power
and gains ULEV certification for the series. The new platform uses a straight
frame rail construction for added strength; a 6-bag SRS1
airbag system is included for heightened occupant safety, realizing category-topping
To accommodate the needs and tastes of the widest possible range of owners,
MMC's Customer Free Choice (CFC) system will also be applied to the Grandis.
CFC, which was successfully introduced with the Colt last year, allows
customers to choose freely from a wide range of options to tailor their
car to meet their own personal needs. Developers of the Grandis paid special
attention to the specific demands of female customers by directly involving
the company's Women Evaluation Team throughout the entire design and development
In Japan, MMC is targeting monthly sales of 3,000 units. But it is not
just Japanese customers who will gain access to this latest product. "The
Grandis will go global. We are planning to launch it in Europe next year
and then take it to China and other markets," Eckrodt said.
1. Emotional Design
Exterior woven from flowing lines, moving surfaces
Grandis features the new Mitsubishi Motors Design Identity, defined by
the three-diamond logo located centrally in the grill. The flowing body
lines and attractive surfaces weave together a liquid and laid-back form;
one that seems to flow in an unbroken stream from front to rear, though
the roof and side windows, down the character line. The sculpted reflectors
visible inside the clear-cut lenses of the 4-bulb headlamp units lend
a brilliant crystal touch to the classy front visage.
Extensive use is made of LED lighting: in the turn signals embedded in
the exterior mirrors, in the combination rear lamps and in the hi-mount
auxiliary stop lamp. With its distinctive properties, the LED lighting
clearly identifies Grandis at night. And the use of clear lenses in the
LED lamps creates a sense of continuity with the upper body glazing.
Modern living room interior steeped in Japanese aesthetic sensibilities
The dash is designed to a wave-form theme, generating a visual sense of
roominess and of relaxing comfort. The in-dash shift gate decorative panel
features a metallic finish on the Sports interior and wood-grain finish
on the Elegance interior scheme respectively with form, color and luster
working synergistically to project the inherent properties of these materials.
The Sports version uses metallic finish panels, orange instrument lighting
and light-reflecting dotted gray seat fabric to add zest to the interior.
The Elegance version uses wood-grain panels, blue instrument lighting,
and seat fabric with a modern furniture motif to overlay the interior
with a relaxed and classy atmosphere.
Coloring borrows from Japanese aesthetic of transition
Grandis models are offered in a range of 10 body colors (three new for
Grandis) for which the Japanese natural landscape and four distinct seasons
provided the development launch pad.
Purchasers are offered a choice of four interior color schemes: combinations
of two dash top colors - Maroon or Dark Violet - and two dash bottom and
seat fabric colors - Gray or Beige.
2. Smart Performance
High-efficiency packaging gives easy-park maneuverability
The new Grandis is 100mm longer both overall and inside than its predecessor,
allowing occupants to enjoy more leg room and foot space. It also matches
the easy-to-park 5.5m turning radius of its predecessor (16-inch wheel
models) despite its extended length and roomier interior.
New platform, 6-bag SRS airbag system improve crashworthiness, road
Grandis rides on a new platform that realizes a significant improvement
in crash energy absorption efficiencies. Major structural features include
straight frame rails that take the initial force of impact together with
octagonal-section front side chassis members, 3-directional input/dispersion
dash cross member and pillar braces that offer high crash energy absorption
and dispersal performance.
The front wheels are suspended by a newly evolved MacPherson strut design,
and the rear wheels by a semi-trailing arm arrangement that optimizes
interior space efficiency. Suspension tuning has been optimized to deliver
precise steering and taut handling together with a flat but forgiving
ride for all occupants.
Grandis is available with side and curtain airbags that offer front and
2nd row occupants additional protection from injury to arms and chest
and to the head in a side impact. The curtain airbag extends from the
front to beyond the second row of seats.
New MIVEC engine delivers outstanding power, fuel economy with clean
Grandis models are powered by the new 2.4-liter MIVEC2
engine [maxima of 121 kW (165PS) and 217N-m (22.1kg-m)] mated to Mitsubishi's
INVECS-II with Sport Mode 4-speed automatic transmission3.
This advanced powertrain realizes very responsive and sporty dynamic performance.
2WD models return top class mileage of 11.4 km/l in the Japanese 10-15
pattern fuel economy test.
The Grandis series has gained ULEV certification by achieving emission
levels that are 75% lower than required by Japanese 2001 Emission Regulations.
This results from the use of Mitsubishi's own dual manifold catalytic
converters (MCC) which boast very powerful scrubbing performance. ULEV
certification and compliance with Japanese 2010 fuel efficiency requirements
means that all models in the Grandis series qualify for the Vehicle Green
Multi-Select 4WD delivers optimal traction and all-surface performance
Exploiting all the benefits of electronic control, the new Multi-Select
4WD features three operating modes: 2WD Mode, 4WD Mode and LOCK Mode.
2WD Mode returns the best fuel economy on good surfaces; 4WD Mode automatically
tailors traction and handling characteristics to different weather conditions
and road surfaces; and LOCK Mode maximizes traction for low-friction surfaces
or when the vehicle gets bogged down and other emergency situations.
Utility for every occasion
The front passenger Useful Seat features a large capacity locker under
the seat squab for small-item stowage. The squab can be locked in the
raised position, with retaining hooks providing a convenient means of
securing shopping bags or a briefcase.
Second row seats employ a Relax Mode feature that enables the occupant
to select between three squab rake angles. With the adjustable seatback
recline, this enables the occupant to configure the seat for maximum comfort
In a world first, Grandis' third row seats can be individually stowed
away under the floor in a simple and effortless operation. This feature
brings greater flexibility in tailoring the interior to accommodate various
Other utility and convenience features include: side tables with cup
holders for the front seats; Personal Table with vibration damping fitted
to front seat backs for 2nd row occupants; while seats in all
three rows are fitted with drink container and cup holders.
Equipment specification enhances living environment
Grandis uses, for the first time in a motor vehicle in Japan, a new head
lining material that absorbs cigarette smoke, everyday smells, formaldehyde
and other chemical odors and breaks them down into water and CO2.
All models in the Grandis lineup are fitted as standard with solar-control
glazing that protects occupants from ultra-violet and infra-red radiation
even on days of intense sunlight.
On-board entertainment, safety-enhancing electronic controls
Grandis models are available with the latest version of MMCS4
, which features user-friendly touch-panel operation, or, as a dealer-option,
with MDS5, which enables the installation
of other navigation systems on the market.
Available for the rear compartment is an overhead flip-open slim-panel
monitor that enables rear passengers to follow the car navigation display
or watch TV. For enhanced occupant entertainment and fun, the monitor
also supports video game, DVD player and other external devices.
The Dual-Around Monitor safety-support system comprises: (1) A rear-view
camera (with auxiliary marker post) and corner sensors that supplement
the driver's rear field of view when parking or reversing; (2) A nose-view
camera, new for Grandis, that supplements the driver's lateral field of
view at intersections and other places where his vision may be restricted.
All models in the Grandis series are fitted, as standard, with an advanced
security system and engine immobilizer that protects the vehicle from
being broken into or stolen.
3. Personal Coordination
Customer Free Choice
Exterior and interior colors, seating, equipment specification: CFC offers
the owner the ability to pick and chose as he tailors his Grandis to his
own lifestyle. Four maker-recommended theme packages are available: Elegance,
Elegance-X, Sports and Sports-X. The Standard package gives the owner
the freest hand in tailoring trim and equipment exactly to his own needs
and preferences. Also on offer is a wide range of attractive dealer-fitted
accessory and trim options that, with CFC, enable the owner to tailor
his vehicle more closely to his tastes.
Customized / Hearty Run Welfare models
Three ROAR customized models add an extra sporty zest to the Grandis lineup;
ROAR Custom Complete, ROAR for Sport and ROAR for Elegance
The Hearty Run welfare model brings easy-to-use motoring pleasure and
convenience to mobility-challenged passengers with its slide-out-and-down
front passenger seat. In a computer-controlled and simple operation, the
seat first swivels through 98-degrees towards the door opening and then
slides outwards and down to a final squab height of 460mm.
1 Supplemental Restraint System
2 Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and
lift Electronic Control
3 SportronicTM sequential-shift
4-speed transmission in the U.S.
4 Mitsubishi Multi-Communications System
5 Multi-Display Station
Manufacturer's recommended prices (nationwide)
(6- and 7-seater models)
Sport Mode 4-speed AT