New Mitsubishi Express arrives in July, cheaper than the Renault Trafic on which it is based, but with less equipment.
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Mitsubishi Motors Australia has released the price, warranty and maintenance details of the the new Mitsubishi Express van range ahead of its July on-sale date.

The new Express revives a name last seen locally in 2013, but rather than being based on Mitsubishi platforms or mechanicals the new van comes from alliance partner Renault, and arrives as a rebadged version of the Trafic.

The 2020 Mitsubishi Express will arrive in a single GLX specification, but offer a choice of short- and long-wheelbase bodies, along with automatic and manual transmissions – each paired with a different engine.

Pricing for the Express GLX SWB manual kicks off from $38,490 plus on-road costs and utilises Renault’s 1.6-litre twin turbo diesel engine and six-speed manual transmission sending power to the front wheels.

Outputs are rated at 103kW and 340Nm – as per Renault’s application. The Express GLX LWB adds $2000 to the base price, from $40,490 plus on-road costs.

Opting for the automatic version sees the engine switch to a larger 2.0-litre single turbo diesel with a more powerful 125kW and 380Nm with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, again directly from Renault’s catalogue.

Pricing for the Express auto starts from $42,490 plus on-road costs in short-wheelbase guise, or $44,490 plus on-road costs for the long-wheelbase.

Those prices compare favourably to those of the Renault donor van, with the Trafic staring from a cheaper $36,490 plus on-road costs with a less powerful 85kW engine, or in matching 103kW tune from $39,490 plus on-road costs for the SWB manual, with each variant in Mitsubishi’s range undercutting its Renault equivalent by $1000.

Other popular segment rivals include the Toyota HiAce LWB from $42,140 plus on-road costs for the manual, $44,140 plus on-road costs for the auto and the Hyundai iLoad from $41,700 plus on-road costs for the manual, $42,710 plus on-road costs for the auto, (before offers and promotions) which combined make up 55 per cent of Australia's mid-size van market so far in 2020.

Mitsubishi also offers slightly different warranty terms to Renault with a standard five year/100,000km term compared to the Trafic’s three year unlimited kilometre warranty.

Perhaps a little oddly, servicing conditions are also different with Mitsubishi providing the first three services as a capped $250 per visit on 12 month or 15,000km intervals. Renault provides its first three services at $599 each, however doubles the distance cap with 12 month or 30,000km intervals.

Although both Express and Trafic are closely related, Mitsubishi’s van will feature a different grille and bonnet design, along with the halogen headlights from the pre-update Trafic instead of the newer LED units. Badging between the two, fairly obviously, will also be different.

The Mitsubishi Express standard features include a three-seat interior and driver’s seat with armrest, height and lumbar adjustment, fabric seat trim, rubber flooring and urethane steering wheel, left and right sliding doors, 180-degree rear barn doors, cruise control with speed limiter, manual air conditioning control, power mirrors, and remote central locking.

Automatic models also add a rear view camera with in-mirror display, rain sensing wipers, front fog lights, self-dimming interior mirror and auto headlights.

Halogen headlights, unpainted bumpers, 16-inch steel wheels rear park sensors and a rear step bumper come standard on all variants. A step-through interior (from cabin to cargo bay) is also set as the standard layout.

Mitsubishi’s infotainment system will include digital radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, but no colour screen or touchscreen interface – and no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. In their place a mobile phone dock allows you to securely slot your phone in within view of the driver.

Standard safety equipment covers six airbags, hill start assist, roll over mitigation, and stability and traction control. Advanced features like autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection and driver fatigue monitoring aren’t available.

While it may look slightly cheaper on the surface, the $1000 extra for an equivalent Trafic Premium also includes tech like 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather wrapped steering wheel, LED headlights, a fixed rear bulkhead with long-item load-through and regardless of transmission choice; auto dimming mirror, plus auto lights and wipers.

Renault also offers a wider array of factory-delivered options and packs with an adjustable passenger seat, top-hinged tailgate, right sliding-door delete, sliding door glazing, alloy wheels, body-colured bumpers, heated drivers seat, privacy tint, climate control, rear strip lighting, timber cargo lining, uprated battery and more available.

The new Express officially goes on sale from July 6.

2020 Mitsubishi Express pricing

  • Express SWB manual – $38,490
  • Express LWB manual – $40,490
  • Express SWB auto – $42,490
  • Express LWB auto – $44,490

Manufacturer's list price, excluding on-road costs.