Hold onto your cash first! The Mitsubishi Xpander order books are now open, and you might want to hold on with your compact entry-level MPV purchase first.
And waiting would probably be your best option, as the exterior design of the Xpander looks like the real deal. It utilizes the rugged, bold styling from the Mitsubishi XM Concept, a car that Mitsubishi released as a preview of their upcoming compact MPV. Sharp lines and creases keep the car from looking bland and boring, while 16-inch alloy wheels cure it from other competing compact MPVs that suffers from tiny wheels relative to the car’s body size. For the first time ever, we think that there is finally a small MPV that we would buy because of its design. Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” dominates the front. The upper portion of the grille is united with the separate LED daytime running light clusters, while the main headlights are just below the LED daytime running lights. There’s a crease running from the front doors, all the way to the cool-looking L-shaped LED tail lights. The rear carries an X-motif design that keeps the rear looking interesting. Flared wheel arches round up the SUV-like styling of this MPV.
Inside, and the Mitsubishi Xpander looks more conventional compared to the outside. There’s a mix of different shapes and surfaces that make the cabin a more interesting place to be. In the model that was launched in Indonesia, it is equipped with smart key with push button start, touch screen infotainment system, automatic climate control for the front passengers, an a TFT LCD screen being sandwiched by the two LED-lit gauges. Other features include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel (which is rare in this class of cars), USB input, Bluetooth, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Stability Control and Hill Start Assist.
There will be three variants. The base GLX MT costs P900,000, while a GLX Plus AT costs P990,000. Next is the GLS AT, which costs P1,050,000, while the highest trim GLS Sport AT costs P1,100,000, and comes with goodies and active safety kit such as Hill Start Assist, Stability Control, Emergency Stop Signal, Passive Entry with Push Button Start. We at Go Flat Out commend Mitsubishi’s move to add stability control as standard at least on their higher trim models.
Powering the Xpander is a 1.5 liter MIVEC inline-4 cylinder petrol engine that produces 103 hp and 141 Nm of torque. It is mated either to a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual.
The pre-ordering books are open until April 30, 2018, so visit xpander.mmpc.ph in order to reserve a slot for yourself. After registration, you will then pay P10,000 to your preferred Mitsubishi dealer. Are you waiting one of the people who are waiting for the Xpander’s arrival, or have you firmly decided already on what entry-level MPV you should buy?