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Mitsubishi announces brand-new Express delivery van for NZ light commercial market

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand is pleased to announce the addition of a brand-new light commercial model to its line-up – the highly specced Express delivery van.

Providing Kiwis with a van solution for the first time in seven years, the immensely practical Express offers a generous 5.2m3 capacity and up to 1,150kg payload. Available in manual and auto options later this year, its launch marks a strong return to the van market for MMNZ following the popular L300, which sold 38,806 units from 1980 to 2015.

The Express is also the first product for Mitsubishi customers manufactured in France by Alliance partner Renault.

Reece Congdon, MMNZ Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, said: “Mitsubishi is known for developing a range of dynamic and dependable vehicles, equipped with the functionality and capability required across a variety of applications. The Express delivers on this tradition and draws on the expertise available through our Alliance partnership.

“For customers looking for function and flexibility, dual sliding doors and a number of accessories ensure easy configuration of the Express van for different business requirements.

“We believe these practical features – along with a strong value proposition – will attract transport operators and delivery drivers back to Mitsubishi.”

Lightening the load

Built to support busy delivery drivers, the Express van features a 5.2m3 cargo area – easily accessible through the dual sliding side doors and full-width rear barn doors (glazed with 850 and 1600 stops).

For added convenience, the rear bumper has an integrated step for easy loading and unloading.

Measuring 1,268mm between the wheel housings, the Express comfortably accommodates standard-width NZ pallets or GIB sheet.

To ensure load stability and security, the cargo area features 16 in-built cargo rings – three floor-mounted and five side-mounted on both sides. Each model has a bulkhead complete with load through flap to extend the load length. The passenger under-seat storage compartment flap can also be opened to load objects through it and up to the dash.

The manual model tares at 1,810kg, offering a 1,150kg max payload and 2,000kg braked towing capacity. The auto weighs in at 1,869kg with a max payload of 1,116kg and 1,715kg braked towing capacity.

Both models have a 3,098mm wheelbase.

The muscle to get moving

Customers have two impressive engine and transmission options to choose from.

There’s the 1.6L twin-turbo diesel engine, paired with an efficient six-speed manual transmission, delivering 103kW / 340Nm max power and torque; or the 2.0L single-turbo diesel with a slick sixspeed dual clutch automatic transmission (6DCT), which delivers up to 125kW / 380Nm.

The dual wet clutch configuration of the 6DCT ensures a crisp and responsive drive, with lower fuel consumption and emissions.

Both models are front wheel drive with Extended Grip – a traction-control mode activated by the driver to assist in low-grip conditions.

Cab comfort

The Express has three seats up front, with added comfort for the driver thanks to 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.

The driver can gain easy access to equipment, utilising the open storage on top of the dash, while both variants include an integrated smartphone cradle.

Safety assistance

A number of driver assistance features provide added confidence out on the road.

Standard features include cruise control with speed limiter, Stop & Start (with manual off switch), and Hill Start Assist. Also standard are Reversing sensor, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and a Dead angle (wide view) vision with mirror in the passenger sunvisor.

The Express features five airbags: driver and passenger front and curtain airbags, and a driver thorax airbag. The passenger under-seat storage box can be opened to load objects through it and up to the dash.

To assist drivers to load and unload safely, both models have a rearview camera. They also have dusk-sensing auto headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

Smartly packaged

The Express will be available in White Solid, Red Solid, Black Metallic and Silver Metallic. Interior

trim is a hard-wearing black fabric. 16” steel wheels are standard, and a full-size spare is stored

under the cargo floor.