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23 Feb 2001

MPV offers seating for up to seven passengers Sliding doors on each side help provide easy access Second and third row seats can be removed to allow a multitude of interior configurations Column gearshift placement helps free space between front seats All-alloy 2.5-litre V6 produces 129kW at 6000rpm and 227Nm of torque at 4500rpm Standard gearbox is an adaptive four-speed automatic New MPV is more fuel efficient than previous 3.0-litre rear-drive model Braking system is by ventilated discs at the front, and drums at the rear Three-channel anti-lock system uses four sensors15-inch alloy wheels are standard Front suspension is by independent MacPherson struts Compact torsion beam rear suspension is used to minimise intrusion into rear floor space MPV uses engine speed sensitive rack and pinion power steering Driver and passenger side airbags are standard Driver's seat cushion is adjustable for height and tilt Inboard armrests are provided on both front seats MPV centre side windows are electrically raised or lowered Rearmost windows can be hinged open to maximise cabin ventilation Front and rear air-conditioning is standard Sound system uses large, easy to use controls Single CD player is incorporated into system Stronger front and rear bumpers are claimed to reduce the cost of body repairs MPV seats are mounted lower than previous model for easier entry and exit

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