7 Best MPV models from the 2017 GIIAS
The 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) is drawing towards its end, and has been an extravaganza of innumerable exciting vehicles. As the car market of Indonesia is very fond of people carriers, several auto majors flaunted their MPV models at the show to woo the Indonesian buyers. Indonesian car buyers love luxurious, large, over the top looking MPV models that also offer good practicality on the inside. The global auto majors displayed enough MPV models with all the right ingredients to impress the Indonesian audience.
Mitsubishi grabbed all eyeballs with the global debut of its new Xpander flagship MPV. It flaunts an extremely aggressive and sharp front fascia, which highly stylized and muscular grille and bumpers and lot of cuts and creases. Based on the Mitsubishi XM Concept, the all-new Xpander is a full-sized 7-seater MPV.
Toyota has a strong position in Indonesia. The Japanese auto giant displayed an extensive range of vehicles which had a handful of MPVs to ensure that the visitors remain glued to its stall. The most attention grabber among the Toyota MPVs was the Voxy with its grand cascading grille and double layer headlights. The Voxy is highly luxurious and fully loaded with impressive features.
The Innova Touring Sport is called the Venturer in Indonesia and wowed the audience at GIIAS with its sporty new body graphics and decals. The interesting fact is that the lavish patterns of the side decals are a tribute to the silhouettes of all the generation models of the Toyota Kijang till the current generation model of Innova.
Yet another major attraction from Toyota is the Sienta that looks more like a concept model. Its smooth flowing design and a very unusually styled bulbous face grabs attention, and its highlight is its large mesh grille. This flashy 3-row MPV is full of curves and chrome elements and flaunts 17-inch blade-style alloy wheels to complete its off-beat look.
Another wow highly luxurious MPV is the Alphard. It is more of a luxury hotel suite with abundant cabin space with matching comfort features. The MPV has an awesome visual appeal as well that bound to turn heads. With highly sophisticated styling with generous bling of chrome on the outside and everything plush and wonderful on the inside, the Alphard is truly an owner’s pride.
Daihatsu Thor Grand Custom
The Thor is essentially a rebadged Toyota Tank with styling updates. The boxy MPV drew attention with massive full chrome grille, very low ride height and contrasting bright blue roof and alloys. This little MPV is not currently available in Indonesia, but at the auto event it proved that small things can also pack in a lot of punch.
Wuling Motors is very new in Indonesia and showcased its theme ‘My Wuling My Home' at the 2017 GIIAS. Several variants of the Wulling Confero MPV were displayed with many personalization features. Although the Confero is very conventional looking unlike all the other models in this list, it is highly practical.;
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.