The New Mitsubishi Xpander Aims to Hold On to Its No. 1 Position in the Market
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines has unveiled the new Xpander. It’s the brand’s most popular nameplate and with this latest iteration, it continues to redefine the highly competitive MPV segment.
“We are excited for Filipinos to finally be able to see in metal the New Xpander,” said Takeshi Hara, MMPC’s President and CEO. “Mitsubishi Motors wanted to further evolve the Xpander and assert its number one position in the market. We have enhanced its unique selling propositions while upholding the traits that have made it the MPV that it is today. Expect a reimagined ride that will tap into your adventurous spirit and re-excite you to hit the road and go outdoors.”
We had a sneak peek of the new Xpander model earlier last month and looking at it from the outside, the front fascia appears to be wider than its previous model with a more horizontal structure. This heavily refreshed front now comes with a new black metallic radiator grille and signature T-shape headlight with restyled LED daytime running lights (DRL) and turn signal that complements a more aggressive look with the 3D skid guards. At the rear, it now has a homogeneous T-shape taillight with a reshaped bumper and new tailgate garnish. From the side, the new Xpander also sports a bigger set of 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels with a step-rim design and larger side sill garnish.
Inside, Mitsubishi says that it has used its design identity of “Horizontal Axis” to give it a more robust feel. The dashboard now has accents of soft padded materials with stitches for a more premium feel. The middle console with the power outlets, cardholder and USB port is intuitively laid out and comes with a larger open tray. At the center, the new floor console has arm rests that can hold four 600 ml-sized bottles and a few more sundry items and also comes with larger console cup holders that have been reoriented sideways for better organization and use of space.
The Xpander has a patented seven-inch Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA-3) and a touchscreen infotainment system that supports hands-free functions and is compatible to both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. It also has a new digital LCD A/C panel that is quite easy to operate.
Meanwhile, the second-row passengers have access to two rear Type-A and Type-C USB ports and rear A/C dial that’s integrated to the A/C louver placed unto the seat armrest for improved cabin ergonomics. Including the third row, the seven-seater configuration sits well even for full-size adults plus luggage.
The new Xpander still has the category-exclusive Cruise Control feature, which helps reduce fatigue on long drives. The reverse camera is also a new feature to improve visibility while parking. Mitsubishi says that its steering and suspension settings have also been optimized, and a new and enlarged rear absorber along with extra front and rear springs and high-performance valves promises to have a flatter and more comfortable ride even on twisty and winding roads.
(from left to right) Cecil Capacete, MMPC FVP Sales & Marketing; Takanobu Suzuki, MMPC EVP Sales & Marketing; Takeshi Hara, MMPC President and CEO; Mark Parulan, MMPC AVP for Sales & Marketing
Driving aids and convenience features include Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) and Brake Auto Hold (BAH) buttons which are now part of the shift panel. Other aids like Active Stability Control (ASC), Hill Start Assist (HAS), and Traction Control (TCL) now come standard for all its automatic transmission variants.
Ground clearance of the new Xpander has been increased to 225mm. It is still powered by the reliable 1.5 MIVEC DOHC 16-valve rated at 103 hp and 141 Nm of torque.
The new Mitsubishi Xpander starts at P1.03 million. It is available for test drives at the Reimagine Your Ride: The Mitsubishi Test Drive Tour happening from May 20 to 22 at Block 16 SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The first 150 individuals who will pre-register at Mitsubishi Motors’ official website gets a limited edition gift.