The Mitsubishi Xpander: an MPV in SUV clothing
We all like a bad boy/bad girl, but also want him/her to cook and clean at home. That’s the best analogy we can come up with for Mitsubishi’s new MPV that takes styling cues from an SUV, which is the Japanese automaker’s forte.
Indonesia welcomed the highly anticipated Mitsubishi Xpander yesterday (with an X, not an E as we thought it would be) in its global debut. In a country where people mover vehicles are in demand, the 7-seater Xpander is entering a highly desired segment, dominated by the other Japanese automaker Toyota with its Avanza.
So, let’s look at the variants and their accompanying price tags. There are six variants available to choose from: the GLX (M/T), GLS (M/T), Exceed (M/T or A/T), Sport (A/T), and Ultimate (A/T). Powering them all is a 1.5-litre 4A91 four-cylinder MIVEC petrol engine that is capable of 104PS and 141Nm. All come standard with ABS, EBD, dual frontal airbags, and ISOFIX anchors to keep the little ones safe. With the two highest variants, you’ll also get brake assist, hill start assist, and electronic stability control.
For the lowest spec variant, the GLX, you’d have to shell out IDR189,050,000 (about USD14,000), and from there the price goes up IDR245,350,000 (about USD18,000) for the Ultimate variant. The entry-level Avanza is priced at IDR189,700,000, with a 1.3-litre engine paired to a manual transmission, so, price-wise, the Xpander is an attractive alternative.
The Xpander is also longer, wider and higher, measuring 4,475mm long and 1,750mm wide, has a wheelbase of 2,775 mm and very generous ground clearance of 205 mm. So, if you want to ferry your family across rough terrain or, well, terrible city streets, go on.
Looks-wise, it’s not everyone’s cup of teh. From the front fascia, it’s a mean-looking thing, and we don’t mean that in a bad way. The rear, though, has softer lines.
The interior is – to put it simply – practical, with a mostly black, partially beige theme; in the Ultimate trim (below), though, it is mostly beige, partially black – less practical, but way nicer.
All in all, it is deserving of the anticipation leading up to it. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one, and hoping it comes to Malaysian shores.