Mitsubishi finally introduces the new Xpander MPV at the 2017 Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta Indonesia. Replacing the previous Expander, the new multipurpose vehicle will be mostly sold at the ASEAN region and other international markets. Earlier reports said the 2017 Mitsubishi Xpander is expected to arrive at the showrooms by early next year but will be out in Indonesia sometime this fall.
Taking its design cues from today’s crossovers and those of the traditional MPVs, Mitsubishi ensures to bring a tough and trendy multi-purpose vehicle without compromising convenience. Overall measurements consist of a length of 4,475mm, width of 1,750mm, and height of 1,700 with up to 205mm ground clearance. Aside from being stylish and functional, the new Xpander has the most generous space in the MPV segment.
The all-new Xpander MPV now comes with larger legroom and headroom for everyone on board thanks to its seven- seat configuration. When the back seats are folded, the second and third rows provide more space at the cargo area while staying flat on the surface.
Inside, the Xpander is sound-proofed for better comfort and is equipped with additional absorbing layer along the windshield. As many as 16 bottle holders can be seen throughout the cabin with some placed between the front seats right within the centre console and with some along the side of the doors.
Under the hood comes a 105 hp (77kW) 1.5-liter gas engine which can be paired either to 5-speed automatic or a 4-speed manual transmission. There isn’t anything to say about its sprint time; however, the Japanese automaker assures that it capable of performing well even when climbing steep hills or when fully loaded.
The Xpander will come in five trims including the entry–level GLX, followed by the GLS, the Exceed, Sport and Ultimate. Looking every inch an SUV, the all-new Mitsubishi Xpander will take on the likes of the all-new Toyota Innova Crysta, the Honda Mobilio and the Suzuki Ertiga given that all are actually seven–seater MPVs.
Mitsubishi will be producing the new Xpander in its new facility in Bekasa Prefecture, West Java Province, Indonesia and is looking to sell roughly 80,000 examples per year. During its world launch, Osamu Masuko, CEO for Mitsubishi Motors, said the new Xpander is ready to expand the company’s strong presence in Indonesia. Aside from light commercial vehicles and SUVs, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is looking forward to the growing MPV segment within its ASEAN neighbors.