Model Price

At £18,499 for manual and £19,499 for automatic transmission, the Grandis Classic comes with a host of equipment as standard including 17" alloy wheels, CD player, keyless entry and alarm, automatic air conditioning, front fog lamps, rear spoiler, electronic door mirrors and height adjustable driver’s seat with armrest.

The Grandis Equippe, priced at £20,499 for manual and £21,499 for automatic transmission, gains stability and traction control, dual sunroof, cruise control, leather steering wheel and shift knob plus a CD autochanger. Add leather and you have the top specification Grandis Elegance for £21,999 with manual transmission and £22,999 with automatic transmission.

Design

Grandis’ underlying design principal is to offer a combination of sportiness and unbeatable versatility, a balance of athleticism and carrying comfort, enhancing its appeal to those families that need more space but still want to enjoy themselves when they’re behind the wheel. The rationale behind the Olivier Boulay-designed Grandis is to offer outstanding flexibility and passenger-carrying comfort but without resorting to boxy uninspiring styling and flaccid and dull driving dynamics – family duties and fun in a single appealing package. Grandis was inspired by the Space Liner and CZ3 Tarmac concept cars from the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, and brings together elements of a compact sports wagon and a comfortable people carrier.

Chassis and Interior

Grandis sits on an all-new high-strength steel chassis, designed and developed specifically for its people-carrying role. Mitsubishi’s engineers aimed to make Grandis’ all-new front-wheel drive platform as stiff as possible to enhance suspension control and lower the levels of noise vibration and harshness entering the cabin.

At 4765mm long, 1655mm high and 1795mm wide, the 1645kg (1655kg Automatic) Grandis offers a sleek and low profile, with a long 2830 mm wheelbase resulting in 2535mm total interior legroom and 3165mm total interior length. Grandis sits on a low and wide front-wheel-drive platform, giving it has an athletic foursquare stance.

Key to Grandis’ outstanding versatility is its sector-unique ‘Hide & Seat’ third bench row with individual seats that recline and fold flat into the floor, providing on-demand seating flexibility. This offers Grandis drivers outstanding packaging versatility, with no need for struggling with bulky and heavy removable seats. ‘Hide & Seat’ instantly turns Grandis into anything from a two-seater to a seven-seater without any forward planning, or into a double bed when combining the second and third rows. Folding the second and third row of seats boosts luggage space from 320 litres to a massive 1545 litres, and extends the boot to 1600mm in length.

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Published : 28/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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