LDV is set to add a second electric people mover to its Australian lineup.

    Government documents show the LDV MIFA 7 has been approved for sale, with a front-mounted 180kW/350Nm electric motor and a choice of 77kWh and 90kWh batteries.

    CarExpert expects it to arrive sometime later this year, but the company’s local distributor Ateco has yet to confirm the vehicle’s launch.

    No government approval documents appear for the MIFA 7’s petrol-powered counterpart, known in China as the G70. That’s in contrast with LDV’s larger people movers, which are offered here with both petrol (MIFA) and electric (MIFA 9) powertrains.

    The MIFA 7 measures 4907mm long, 1885mm wide and 1756mm tall on a 2975mm wheelbase.

    That makes it 363mm shorter, 115mm narrower and 84mm lower than LDV’s MIFA 9 on a 225mm shorter wheelbase, and close in size to the defunct Honda Odyssey in size.

    The documents list a braked towing capacity of 1500kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.

    Tare mass ranges from 2159kg to 2239kg, while the MIFA 7 rides on 18-inch wheels.

    Maxus – as LDV is known in China – claims the MIFA 7’s 77kWh battery is good for 527km of range and its 90kWh battery is good for 605km of range under the lenient CLTC testing cycle.

    The MIFA 7 comes standard with six airbags, and side curtain airbags cover up to 97 per cent of the wheelbase.

    Standard safety equipment in China includes autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, safe exit warning and a surround-view camera.

    There’s a rather unusual six-seat layout available in China, with the front passenger seat sliding all the way back into the second row of the vehicle and electronically rotating 180 degrees to face the rear passengers.

    A seven-seat model is available offering a more conventional 2+2+3 seating arrangement. Only the seven-seat configuration appears in approval documents.

    Up front, there are three 12.3-inch screens behind a single pane of glass.

    Vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability is standard, with output of up to 6.6kW using an external outlet and 2.2kW using one inside the cabin.

    Other features include a panoramic glass roof, power sliding doors, heat pump, and a refrigerated compartment, while a mobile remote parking feature is available in the flagship variant.

    LDV has been busily rolling out a range of electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia.

    It offers the eT60 ute, with a new-generation ute also set to arrive this year. The eDeliver 9 van was recently joined by the smaller eDeliver 7, while there’s also the aforementioned MIFA 9 people mover.

    The MIFA 7 enters a growing electric people mover market in Australia. Mercedes-Benz has the eVito Tourer and EQV, and Volkswagen is introducing the ID. Buzz.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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