When the Mitsubishi Xpander debuted in the Philippines back in 2018, it seemed to be the right car at the right time for families looking for a budget-friendly seven-seater. It was stylish and generously equipped for the price, and it drove like a regular sedan. But rival manufacturers have upped the ante for MPVs, so the Xpander really needs to kick it up a notch to remain competitive.
Launched in Indonesia late last year, the updated Xpander arrives in the Philippines with upgrades that should be well-received by Filipino customers. The car’s new front fascia takes center stage with T-shaped headlights. Also new are the 17-inch alloy wheels and the infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that will surely be appreciated by potential buyers.
The cabin retains its spacious layout with second-row seats that can slide to increase legroom for third-row passengers. The dashboard gets spruced up with contrasting silver accents and a steering wheel that appears to be inspired by that of the Lancer Evolution X.
Mechanically, the Xpander remains the same. Under the hood is the same 4A91 1.5-liter MIVEC gasoline engine with a modest 103hp and 141Nm. However, instead of the CVT that Indonesian-spec vehicles are equipped with, local Xpander units have a four-speed automatic gearbox. But owners can be assured of a tall fourth gear that allows the vehicle to maintain highway cruising speeds at lower revs. There is also an optional five-speed manual transmission for the base variant.
Speaking of variants, the updated Xpander has two: GLX and GLS. The latter is the upmarket trim level, and it has a considerably longer equipment list. For example, the air-conditioning is controlled by a digital panel with toggle switches. Second-row passengers have access to USB-A and USB-C charging ports. It also comes with LED headlights, power-folding mirrors, a full-color gauge-cluster screen, six speakers, and an electronic parking brake.
The entire range is equipped with the usual slew of safety features like antilock brakes, dual airbags, and Isofix anchors. The GLS additionally comes with traction control, stability control, and hill-start assist.
Prices for the new Xpander are as follows:
- GLS AT – P1,160,000
- GLX AT – P1,090,000
- GLX MT – P1,030,000
Come check it out at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on May 20-22.