In what was a lucky piece of timing, Mitsubishi launched their new Express Van in July this year, amongst increased demand for delivery vans as a result of Covid-19.
Essentially a rebadged Renault Traffic, the Express is quite a stylish offer with a choice of both short and long wheelbase, two engines and manual or DCT automatic transmissions.
I tested the LWB 2.0L Auto version with the 6 speed DCT automatic and found it to be an economical yet zippy combination. The long wheelbase, large load volume and a bit over a tonne payload is exceptionally practical.
Practicality comes from twin side sliding doors, wide opening rear barn doors, rear step as well as a low load height and long floor length.
The driver’s seat is surprisingly comfortable and the cabin is spacious. Despite having cupholders they don’t hold water bottles though.
Its missing a centre screen and the reversing camera is in the rear view mirror. I would have thought that professional drivers would need a touch screen as well as advanced connectivity.
Priced from $38, 500 through to $44,500 plus the usual costs they are definitely worth a look.
Im Rob Fraser
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