The LDV MIFA 9 has been revealed across the ditch as the brand’s first fully-electric people mover, with the model launching in New Zealand tomorrow.
Last week, we covered the reveal of the petrol-powered MIFA which is said to “disrupt” the people mover segment but LDV says the electric version is now here to “transform” it.
Powering the van is a 90kWh lithium-ion battery that is made up of cells from global battery technology leader CATL.
Recharging the battery takes approximately 36 minutes from 30 to 80 per cent with the use of a DC fast-charger. Fast AC charging can get the job done in around 8.5 hours thanks to its 11kW on-board charger.
Power is fed to the front wheels, the motor delivering 180kW and 350Nm. Electricity consumption is rated at between 21.3kWh and 21.8kWh per 100km. A maximum range of up to 440km is stated, as determined by the WLTP testing regime.
The MIFA 9’s front end has distinct styling from its petrol counterpart with a lack of grille and sharp front end helping the model stand out.
LED headlights and daytime running lights also add to the EV’s differentiated look while the rear end is the same as the other MIFAs in the range.
In Australia, a choice of Mode, Executive, and Luxe trim levels will be available with each adding features like 18- or 19-inch wheels depending on which variant you go for.
An array of colours can be chosen including white, red, black, blue, and more with each being supported by a black leather interior.
The inside of the MIFA 9 is laid out the same as the petrol model with a 2-2-3 seating arrangement allowing for plenty of room and central aisle access. An eight seat model is expected to arrive in early 2023.
In the top-of-the-range Luxe model, the central row is fitted with Captain’s Chairs that come with heating, cooling, massage and recline function.
Fold-out tray tables, footrests, individual touchscreen controls for the multi-zone climate control, seven USB ports throughout the cabin, a 220V power outlet, and the option of a 6, 8 or 12-speaker sound system also come with the Luxe.
The third row seating can be slid forward, allowing up to 1010 litres of available luggage space when all seven seats are filled, and up to 2179 litres when just four seats are occupied.
Vehicle information is relayed to the driver via a 7-inch digital display while infotainment functions can be accessed through a 12.3-inch touchscreen complete with wired Apple CarPlay and smartphone connectivity.
Also available is a multi-function, leather, heated steering wheel, digital rear view mirror and wireless mobile charging pad.
Pricing and availability
We expect the New Zealand model to be specified similarly and pricing to be confirmed when the LDV MIFA 9 makes its local debut on November 23, 2022.