The discontinuation of the Isuzu Crosswind and the Mitsubishi Adventure and L300 models later this year will leave a gaping hole in the multi-purpose vehicle segment--the same segment which the three aforementioned vehicle models fought for since 1987, in the L300's case at least, as the country will cease to register brand-new, Euro 2-emission models by January 1, 2018.
So, what steps are both Japanese vehicle makers taking to plug the said hole? In Mitsubishi Motors Philippines' (MMPC) case, it's reportedly working on the design and specification of models that won't stray too far away from the concept of the Adventure and L300. Could MMPC bring in the Delica or maybe even the eK?
As for Isuzu Philippines (IPC), it has tried to adopt the drivetrain shared by the mu-X and D-Max into a smaller platform of its own design. However, the company deemed that the cost needed to produce its own MPV was too high and couldn't be justified by the projected demand for the vehicle, even if the production for ASEAN-market units were factored in.
When asked what his ideal MPV would be like if IPC decided to make its own successor to the Crosswind, company president Hajime Koso said it would be something similar to the Honda BR-V but "with a diesel engine." Incidentally, Honda has a diesel-powered BR-V in some markets that's powered by a 1.5-liter Earth Dreams turbocharged inline-four mill that puts out 99 hp and 200 Nm of torque, down by 18 hp but up by 55 Nm of torque over the gasoline-powered model.
with MMPC already working on replacements for the Adventure and L300, at least for the latter's engine, IPC has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to keep up in the segment it's traditionally strong in.