After the phenomenal release of the all-new Mitsubishi Xpander in Indonesia just last year, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) is pleased to officially unveil this highly anticipated all-new cross multi-purpose, sport utility vehicle in the country. This newest addition to MMPC’s extensive product line-up reflects Mitsubishi Motors’ ambition to expand customer’s motoring experience to make it more fulfilling and pleasurable. The Philippines is the second country to launch the all-new Mitsubishi Xpander after its world premiere at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta, Indonesia last August 2017.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation says the Xpander’s “overall exterior communicates an adventurous and futuristic styling theme”, and it begins with its luxurious front grille, which is available in chrome with clear smoke coating for GLS Sport and GLS variants and gloss black for GLX Plus and GLX variants. The Xpander features LED positioning lamps arranged in crystal-like blocks and a unique headlight design with a lamp layout that improves visibility for both pedestrians and oncoming vehicles. The Xpander also flaunts a distinctive L-shaped LED tail lamps with the rear combination lamps extending onto the tailgate which Mitsubishi says is a first for this class. The Xpander’s is equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels for GLX variant and 16-inch two-tone alloy for GLX Plus, GLS and GLS Sport variants. With its high 205mm ground clearance which results in a high seating position, the Xpander’s body is optimized for clear visibility with reduced blind spots. The front windshield with ample vertical and horizontal spacing also provides clearer forward visibility. The Xpander’s front pillars are positioned wider to provide more visibility while the side mirrors ensures a clearer rear view.
A class-leading interior length of 2,840mm provides a comfortable space for maximum of seven adults. It also features a layout that lets passengers enter and exit the vehicle with ease. Access to third row seats is also made easier with the tumbling system for folding the second row seats. For an even more comfortable ride, the armrest in second row is a part of seat back which can be utilized as a large armrest to accommodate two passengers’ elbows or center space which can be used to load long items. For luggage capacity, the Xpander is the only vehicle in its class that has a flat luggage floor without bumps and gaps. Its maximum cargo capacity is 1,630 liters when both the second and third row seats are folded. The seats can be arranged in various combinations to accommodate different type of cargo. For normal luggage space, it has enough space to hold four gallon bottles even when passengers are seating on the third row seats. MMC Corporate Vice President for Design, Tsunehiro Kunimoto expressed that the Xpander’s design was a product of putting together customers’ thoughts, needs and desires.
At the heart of the Xpander is a 1.5 liter 4A91 MIVEC DOHC petrol engine, which gives a maximum output of 105 PS @ 6,000 rpm, and 141 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. Manual variants utilize a 5-speed manual, while automatic variants utilize a 4-speed automatic.
The all-new Mitsubishi Xpander will be offered in four (4) variants, starting off with the GLX MT, GLX Plus AT, GLS AT, and top of the line GLS Sport AT. All but the base GLX MT is fitted with a 2-DIN 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, which has GPS, MP3, Tuner with AUX, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and Easy Link feature. The steering wheel is also equipped with Audio Remote Switch and Cruise Control for easier control during driving. Aside from outstanding interior roominess and comfort, the Xpander also offers superior convenience to its passengers by providing several storages / pockets for valuables and various small items. 12V power outlets are also readily available for first, second and third row passengers for more convenient trips.
Safety has never been compromised in the Xpander. All variants are built with Mitsubishi’s proprietary RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body, which is reinforced to absorb the impact of a collision. To prevent the occurrence of an accident, all variants receiving ABS (Anti-locking Braking System) and ESS (Emergency Stop Signal System). The top of the line GLS Sport receives the added benefit of Hill Start Assist and Active Stability Control. Provided with these top-of-class safety features, Xpander gained a four-star safety rating in the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP).
The Mitsubishi Xpander is available for reservations on all dealers nationwide, with deliveries to commence in the next few months. In lieu of this, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation is offering the Xpander at special introductory prices.
GLX MT: P885,000
GLX Plus AT: P960,000
GLS AT: P995,000
GLS Sport AT: P1,060,000
Additional photos by Juan Miguel Mendoza