Nissan Mitsubishi Xpander crossvan clone: the motor and equipment are the same, and the prices are lowerFebruary 19, 2019
Indonesia hosted the new generation compact van Nissan Livina premiere. The donor for the model was the local bestseller Mitsubishi.
Even before Nissan gained control over the “three diamonds” brand (as a result, Mitsubishi “joined” the Renault-Nissan alliance), the companies had joint “cars”: for example, the eK / Dayz family, which, by the way, and was the cause of the “fall” of Mitsubishi. A few years later, new Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi L200 pickups should appear on a single platform, but in the meantime Nissan decided to spur sales in Indonesia by offering the local public the compact van, which is a clone of the popular Mitsubishi Xpander.
Spy photos of new Nissan posted on the Web a week ago, and today, February 19, its official presentation took place. As expected, the model is positioned as the next generation Livina. The former van was designed by the Japanese together with the chinese firm Dongfeng, its closest relative is the old Nissan Note. China became the first market for compact van, then it appeared in other Asian countries. In addition, for some time Livina was sold in Brazil and South Africa. The previous model in Indonesia is presented in the seven-seater version, such a machine has the prefix Grand in the name. The compact new generation is also available with a three-row saloon, but now the car is simply called Livina.
Externally, the Nissan and Mitsubishi models tried to dissolve: Livina received new hood and bumpers, a radiator grille with a family V-shaped chrome insert; The compact Nissan was longer – 4510 mm against 4475 mm in Xpander. The wheelbase has not changed – 2775 mm, ground clearance is also identical – 200 mm on 15-inch wheels and 205 mm on 16-inch.
The interior of the Livina is completely copied from the Mitsubishi Crossven, the only difference is in the emblems on the steering wheel. In both cars, the second row of seats is folded at a ratio of 60:40, in the center there is a folding section for transporting long-length vehicles. The third-row seatbacks fold 50:50. Like the donor, the “base” of the Livina has ABS, a pair of airbags and air conditioning. For the top version, a multimedia system with a touch screen and a rear-view camera are provided.
The engine and gearboxes of the new Nissan Livina also got from the donor – this is a gasoline engine 1.5 MIVEC with 104 hp. (141 Nm), five-speed manual transmission and four-speed automatic transmission. The drive for both models – only the front.
It is curious that in all configurations, with the exception of the top, Livina is cheaper than the Xpander: the most affordable version of the Nissan model is from 198,800,000 Indonesian rupees, while the basic Mitsubishi crossvan will cost 206,100,000 rupees. For the most sophisticated Livina, you need to pay 266,000,000 rupees, while the top Xpander costs 260,900,000 rupees.
Recall, Mitsubishi compact van made its debut in Indonesia in 2017, its assembly is adjusted at the local plant of the company. The new Livina is also produced in this country, but Nissan didn’t specify exactly where – in the same company with the Xpander or on its own site (the former Livina is assembled there). It is also not yet known whether the new Nissan will appear in other countries (the Mitsubishi model is still being shipped to Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines).
By the way, in 2018, Xpander not only became the best-selling Mitsubishi model in Indonesia, but also ranked second in the overall bestseller market list: 75,075 cars were transferred to customers (Toyota Avanza holds the first place — more than 82,000 cars). The old Nissan Grand Livina is lagging behind – only 2437 buyers stopped the choice on this van.
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