At the GIIAS 2017, the Mitsubishi Xpander celebrated its world premiere. A year later on the same stage, Mitsubishi will announce a new variant of the light MPV.
Mitsubishi has not specified whether the variant is an equipment line or an accessorised model. Oto’s report suggests that it’s a new mid-level equipment line, while Autonetmagz hopes it’s similar to the “Active Gear” series the company retails in Japan. Japanese blog Minkara Carview had presented speculative renderings of a Mitsubishi Xpander Active Gear in November last year.
The Mitsubishi Xpander measures 4,475 mm in length, 1,750 mm in width and 1,695 mm/1,700 mm in height. It has a 2,775 mm wheelbase, and it offers up to 205 mm of ground clearance. The SUV-styled MPV uses the 4A91 1.5-litre MIVEC petrol engine that produces 105 PS and 141 Nm of torque. The naturally aspirated four-cylinder mill sends power to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Mitsubishi Xpander first launched in Indonesia, where production takes place at the Bekasi plant. Now it’s on sale in the Philippines and its Thai launch is around the corner. After Thailand, Vietnam will receive the MPV. Next year, the next-gen Nissan Grand Livina based on the Mitsubishi Xpander will arrive that will get into the stronghold markets of Nissan as well as markets where the Grand Livina needs replacing.
[News Source 1: Oto]
[News Source 2: Autonetmagz]
[Image Source: Carview]