The Mitsubishi Grandis | Part Three

Engine and Transmission

Grandis is powered by a muscular Euro IV-compliant 2378cc four-cylinder MIVEC petrol engine which develops 162bhp at 6000rpm and 160lb ft at 4000rpm. The 16v powerplant is fully Euro IV compliant and features MIVEC - Mitsubishi’s Innovative Value lift and timing Electric Control, which features low-speed and high-speed double overhead cams on each camshaft. The cam profiles on the intake and exhaust valve camshafts are switched according to the engine speed, boosting torque at low speeds and increasing power at higher speeds.

Power is handled by a choice of either a standard-fit five-speed manual transmission or Mitsubishi’s INVECS-II 4-speed semi-automatic gearbox. By constantly monitoring driving patterns, this intuitive transmission uses advanced electronic controls to ‘learn’ a driver’s particular driving style. To do this, the transmission employs two shift control programs – Optimum Shift Control and Adaptive Shift Control – and a sophisticated control logic that simulates the decision making process of the human brain.

To enhance driver control, INVECS-II also features a sequential sports mode that allows drivers to make their own up or down shifts by nudging the gearlever backwards or forwards. The transmission automatically reverts to first gear at stops for greater convenience in urban traffic. Safer second-gear starts are also possible for better traction on slippery surfaces. Both the INVECS II and the manual gearbox are operated via a dash-mounted shifter for easy operation and for keeping the front floor uncluttered.

Suspension and Brakes

Grandis rides on a MacPherson strut front and compact trailing arm rear suspension. At the rear, the independent multi-link suspension consists of trailing upper and lower arms, and lower toe-control links. Designed to intrude as little as possible into the Grandis’ rear luggage/passenger space, the trailing arm alignment is designed to minimise toe changes for predictable linear performance. Front and rear anti-roll bars are fitted to quell cornering roll.

Grandis uses a light rack and pinion steering set-up. Power assistance is variable and is dependent on engine speed – at lower urban speeds, the assistance level is high for quick and easy manoeuvrability, while during high-speed motorway work, assistance drops to enhance straight-line stability.

Grandis is fitted with ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid disc brakes at the rear. The system is baked up with four-sensor, three-channel ABS anti-lock system as well as EBD electronic brake-force distribution to modulate the front-rear braking pressure for ideal braking force at all times, irrespective of load or surface conditions. Panic braking procedures are made safer by EBA emergency brake assist that automatically applies the full effect of the brakes when they are used in an emergency.

Safety

Grandis comes with driver and passenger front and side airbags plus curtain airbags for first and second rows of seats, ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist and Isofix seats as standard. Grandis is also fitted with Mitsubishi’s RISE Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution system that integrates all of the car’s active and passive safety features.

MASC, Mitsubishi Active Stability Control and MATC, Mitsubishi Active Traction Control electronic safety nets that constantly monitors Grandis’ dynamic stability are standard on Equippe and Elegance models, and Mitsubishi’s in-house results in Japan show Grandis scoring a full six-star rating in the J-NCAP crash-test results.

Published 28 May 2004 Melanie Carter

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