During Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation’s (MMPC) 700,00th unit production milestone ceremony last November 2019, MMPC President and CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri officially confirmed that the Xpander’s rugged brother will be launched in the Philippines. Well, we can officially confirm this now as the Japanese automaker has sent invites to the media regarding the launch of the Xpander Cross, effectively launching days ahead of Suzuki’s XL7 (and S-Presso).
To recap, the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is literally a crossover version of the brand’s popular MPV, though Mitsubishi’s designers have added a few unique details to set it apart from the standard Xpander. This includes a revised front fascia with new automatic LED headlight and foglight clusters, new 17-inch alloy wheels, black lower rear window garnish, roof rails, and satin silver faux skid plates. However, this is more than just an Xpander with hiking boots as Mitsubishi’s engineers have raised its ground clearance by 20 mm, now at 225 mm, which is the highest in its class.
The Xpander Cross’s interior design largely remains unchanged, though Mitsubishi has given it a more upscale two-tone leather interior and added a few more creature comforts such as a coming home/leaving home headlight function. Practicality remains to be the Xpander’s strength with a foldable rear armrest, partitioned rear seat pockets, as well as foldable second-row (60:40 split) and third-row (50:50 split) seats.
Under the hood of the Xpander Cross is the same 1.5-liter 4A91 MIVEC petrol engine from the Xpander, which gives a maximum output of 105 hp and 141 Nm, powering the front wheels via a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
MMPC has not yet finalized the Xpander Cross’ specifications, though the brand confirms that it will replace the GLS Sport.
Interested? You can be one of the first to see the new Mitsubishi Xpander Cross as it will make its debut on March 13 at Glorietta 2 Palm Drive Activity Center.