Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has canceled its local launch event and mall tour of the new Xpander Cross. This is due to the current threat posed by the COVID-19. As said by the Japanese automaker, they are in full compliance with the government in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease. With that said, these are the things you need to know about the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross.
The Xpander was first launched in the Philippines in 2018. It immediately gained strong traction in the market as it sold 13,494 units during the first year and now has a total of 36,168. Currently, the Xpander is the best-selling MPV in its category in the country, accounting for 30% of the total sales of MMPC.
To address the growing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross was given a more rugged exterior design. 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.
The Xpander Cross’s interior design largely remains unchanged, though Mitsubishi has given it a more upscale two-tone leather interior and a slightly larger 7-inch touch screen infotainment system (the Xpander is a 6.9-inch unit). 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.
As expected, the Xpander Cross is powered by the same 1.5-liter 4A91 MIVEC petrol engine from the Xpander, which gives a maximum output of 105 hp and 141 Nm. This powers the front wheels via a 4-speed automatic. Mitsubishi claims that the Xpander Cross is the quietest in its class thanks to added high-performance sound insulation and vibration-absorbing materials.
As for safety, the Xpander Cross can be had with dual SRS airbags, emergency stop signal, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, reverse camera, and hill start assist.
“The Xpander is a very important nameplate to MMPC as it fits many of the vehicle requirements of Filipinos. It provides the reliable performance, spacious and comfortable interior, host of safety features and a very bold design. Now with the entry of the Xpander Cross, its added features, we see renewed potential to the already successful Xpander nameplate.” Said by MMPC President and CEO Mr. Mutsuhiro Oshikiri.
The Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is now on sale in the Philippines with a price of P1,255,000. The Xpander Cross also replaces the GLS Sport as the top shelf Xpander variant.