Mitsubishi Grandis: A roomy, 2000s era MPV 

Updated Oct 18, 2021 | Same topic: Nostalgia: Cars We Miss

Its fairly capable engine was hamstrung by a less than stellar tranny. 

In the early 2000s, the automotive global market, especially Asia, saw the rise of seven-seater family cars, specifically MPVs. Sure, there were other high-capacity models that could function as a family car, but it can also be argued that sedans were more popular before that era. Also, most of those seven-seater models that came before MPVs were either SUVs or just mere variants of vans or even commercial vehicles. 

A picture of the Mitsubishi Grandis parked on an open area

The Mitsubishi Grandis seven-seater MPV

To that end, Mitsubishi wanted to cement its position in the global MPV market. As such, it sought out to replace the aging Space Wagon with the Grandis. And no, the Grandis is by no means the brand’s first MPV, but it was the first one to bear the car maker’s new common front fascia design. The one that was eventually used by the 2003-2012 Lancer, the 2007-2010 Mitsubishi Outlander, the 2007-2011 Eclipse, among others. 

Going back to the Grandis, the Philippine market received it in 2005. And compared to the older Space Wagon, it was superior in terms of power and on-board features. It also lost the sharp corners and odd proportions of the older model. 

A picture of the side of the Mitsubishi Grandis

For an MPV from the early 2000s, it looks well proportioned

When it comes to engines, the Grandis’ 2.4-liter inline-4 4G69 gasoline engine can still hold a candle against the more modern MPVs, at least when it comes to output. That’s because it can make a beefy 165 horsepower and 217 Nm of torque.  

Do note though that it also used a rather primitive four-speed automatic transmission. According to previous and current owners, the Grandis was fairly smooth, but at the same time it was holding back the said MPVs performance on the highway. The four-speed was also probably the cause for the Grandis’ being not too fuel efficient. It was also a bit heavy with a curb weight of 1,625 kg. 

A picture of the rear of the Mitsubishi Grandis

It offered tons of legroom, with plenty of room to spare for cargo

On that note, one cannot expect it to have the same fuel efficiency as the lighter Galant 240M sedan which also used the same 2.4-liter 4G69 engine.  

Regardless of the aforementioned, the Grandis was praised for being roomy. Its interior also had nice features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats, 60:40 folding second rows, LED backlight for the gauges, automatic climate control, and an AM/FM/DVD/MP3 audio player which even had a TV tuner. 

A picture of the interior of the Grandis

In other markets, the Grandis had a manual variant. The Philippine-spec model also received a touchscreen later in 2009

So, are the Grandis still around? Well, it was discontinued globally in 2011. This is despite the fact that it actually sold rather well globally with 55,729 units sold from 2004 to 2006. It even won the “Best MPV award” at the 2009 Bangkok International Motor Show. 

In 2008 however, global sales slumped to just 8,283 Grandis units. It was even worse in its home country of Japan, where only 281 units were sold in the same year.  

After that though, MPVs had since become more commonplace in the ASEAN market. Mitsubishi itself has entered this segment with the Xpander and Xpander Cross. Relatively, they’re less premium than the Grandis, but they’re now selling like hotcakes in the local market. 

So, do you want a Mitsubishi Grandis? For this, you might want to check out Philkotse’s car for sale section.  

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Mitsubishi Grandis

The Mitsubishi Grandis is a seven-seater mid-size multi-purpose vehicle produced from 2003 to 2011. It features a curved lower grille, lengthened front fascia with sloping windshield, smooth edges, and a high roof. Inside, it offers a spacious cabin fitted with driver and passenger amenities meant to provide a pleasant riding experience. The Mitsubishi Grandis was succeeded by the Mitsubishi Delica D:3, the Nissan NV200, the Mitsubishi Delica D:5, and the Mitsubishi Xpander. The Mitsubishi Grandis was offered in the following variants: the Mitsubishi Grandis Classic, the Mitsubishi Grandis Equippe, and the Mitsubishi Grandis Warrior. It comes in Polar White, Sterling Silver, Gunmetal Grey, Thunder Blue, and Amethyst Black.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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