The Mitsubishi Grandis is a seven-seater MPV launched in the year 2003. Available in Asia, Europe, Mexico, Japan, Honduras, South America, and Jamaica, the Grandis follows an exterior style that is loosely based on the earlier Space Liner which Olivier Boulay designed. It was the first though to sport Mitsubishi’s “new face” at the time, a look that included a curved lower grille edge with a sharp crease that is rising up from the bonnet’s leading edge to create a prominent corporate badge.
The Grandis is related to the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi Savrin and was also the basis for the FCV concept, a fuel cell technology developed by DaimlerChrysler, then a controlling shareholder in the company. Both petrol and diesel engines are available, with transmission system options including five-speed manual, four-speed semi-automatic, and six-speed automatic.
The development of the Mitsubishi Grandis was meant for replacing the Mitsubishi Chariot. The Grandis was discontinued in Japan in 2009 and was discontinued in other markets in 2011. Throughout the years of its production, the Grandis was most prominent in 2005, with overseas sales reaching more than 24,000 units. Japan was most welcoming of the Grandis during its first year, with nearly 24,000 units sold in the country in 2003.