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Mitsubishi 380

DB 380 Series III

1 Jul 2007

MITSUBISHI added extra features to the 380 range from July 2007, as well as two limited edition models and an LPG dual-fuel option.

Traction control and alloy wheels are now standard across the range, starting with the ES and moving through SX, VRX and GT.

In addition to the six-spoke alloy wheels, the entry-level ES models now has the same grille as the higher-grade models – no more horizontal bars – and gains the more stylish front air dam that includes standard fog lamps. Otherwise, the Series III looks much the same as before apart from the badge on the back.

Inside are some minor trim treatment changes and chrome instrument cluster highlights, while the SX also benefits from revised trim and new alloy wheels.

The biggest visual change is to the VRX, which gains lower front and rear bumper inserts as well as a bootlid-mounted wing.

The VRX also sports new five-spoke alloy wheels, new seat trim embossed with the VRX logo and a restyled four-spoke steering wheel. An optional luxury pack includes a sunroof and leather upholstery, also embossed with the VRX logo.

Restyled alloy wheels distinguish the 380 GT, while an optional luxury pack called the GTL has been introduced – including leather interior, sunroof and various trim items – which replaces the now discontinued LX variant as the range’s premium luxury model.

The limited edition ES Sports model carried the same price as the regular ES but additionally comes with a rear wing, 17-inch alloys, sports suspension, a sunroof and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

With these features on top of the latest ES additions of traction control and fog lamps, as well as the already standard climate control air-conditioning, ABS, dual front and side airbags, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, cruise control and powered driver’s seat, the ES Sports comes with a staggering level of equipment for $28,990.

The second special edition is the ‘380 Fusion Burst’, which is based on the VRX and comes in a lurid orange duco with matching (though not as loud) seat trim and a sunroof for no extra cost.

All 380s are now dual-fuel compatible and Mitsubishi is offering a factory unit for $4050. The LPG cylinder is located in the boot, so there is a loss of cargo carrying capacity, but the filler is located neatly behind the regular fuel flap alongside the petrol filler neck.

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