Mitsubishi Australia has updated the recently released fourth-generation Express mid-size van for MY22, addressing some of its safety and technology shortfalls – at a cost – while also introducing a second grade.
The three-seat Express is now available in carryover entry-level GLX and new flagship GLX+ grades, with the former offered in short wheelbase (SWB) and long wheelbase (LWB) forms, while the latter is LWB only.
In fact, the GLX+ only comes with a 125kW/380Nm 2.0-litre single-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the GLX is available in either that combination or a 103kW/340Nm 1.6-litre twin-turbo unit with a manual.
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That said, the SWB ($38,490 plus on-road costs) and LWB ($40,490) variants of the manual GLX are unchanged in price and specification, while their automatic counterparts ($43,490/$45,490) are now $1000 dearer due to their additional standard equipment.
Critically, this extra kit includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system with not only Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, but also a traditional display for the reversing camera and rear parking sensors, helping to improve the mid-size van’s safety credentials.
As reported, Australia’s independent automotive safety authority, ANCAP, gave the Express the first zero-star rating, essentially because it’s a rebadged version of the third-generation Renault Trafic, which launched locally all the way back in May 2015.
Meanwhile, the automatic GLX+ LWB ($45,990) steps up with a fold-down centre backrest with secure laptop storage, a clipboard mount and a cupholder, while its front bench gets under-seat storage.
Better yet, the new variant’s bulkhead stands out with a window and a trapdoor, with the latter helping to accommodate longer loads. And its standard barn doors can be replaced with a tailgate with a single wiper and a defogger for free.
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2021 Mitsubishi Express pricing before on-road costs
|GLX SWB||manual||$38,490 (N/A)|
|GLX SWB||automatic||$43,490 (+$1000)|
|GLX LWB||manual||$40,490 (N/A)|
|GLX LWB||automatic||$45,490 (+$1000)|
|GLX+ LWB||automatic||$45,990 (NEW)|