Full specification of the Malaysian 2020 Mitsubishi XPANDER revealed.
About a month ago, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) gave us a teaser of the Mitsubishi XPANDER in a spectacle which can only be described as an upskirt preview of the hotly anticipated MPV.
Basing the specs on predictions and teasers was always going to be a shot in the dark, but we don't have to guess anymore, because finally, MMM has given us some up close and personal time with the brutish looking MPV, which we can say, feels even more impressive up close.
Firstly, the Mitsubishi XPANDER will only be available in one variant but four different colour options will be available. It will also come equipped with a 1.5-litre MIVEC petrol engine which produces 105PS at 6,000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission which has been optimised for fuel economy - so don't expect any drag racing. The XPANDER also rides 205mm off the ground, giving it one of the highest ground clearance amongst its MPV peers.
Exterior wise, the Dynamic Shield front design dominates the look of the car, helping the MPV give off this aggressive yet handsome look. There's substance behind that look too as the XPANDER comes with LED Headlamps, Crystal blocks LED position lamp and L-Illumination LED taillights. These impressive aesthetic features are completed through some 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels which gives it some legit street cred.
Moving to where it really matters, the XPANDER gets best-in-class cabin space with an overall headroom of 1,7300mm and overall length of 4,475mm. Its 2,775mm long wheelbase and 1,750mm width also help the XPANDER give its passengers more legroom when compared to its competitors.
Adding to the XPANDER's impressive interior features are the fold-flat second and third-row seats, making it the only car in its class which is able to do so. This nifty feature also provides owners with more luggage space and a car-like boot which makes it easier to load larger or longer items.
Just when you think the XPANDER could not possibly impress any further, the Mitsubishi MPV is also fitted with under-seat multi-purpose storage, cargo floor box with lid, third-row side pocket and cup holder, centre console box with sliding lid, multiple storage compartments and glove box with a double compartment to store all the items needed for a great family experience.
Furthermore, the compact MPV also comes with four roof-mounted air vents for better air distribution around the cabin promising a faster cooling cabin for those hot Malaysian days. Infotainment wise, the XPANDER comes with a 9-inch Audio System with Apple Carplay and Android Auto ready. There's also a 4.2-inch high contrast meter cluster which shows important information such as engine coolant temperature, cruise control operation indicators as well as car key battery life.
As this will most probably be a family vehicle, safety features are also thought of which include dual SRS airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, Active Stability Control, Brake Assist System, Hill Start Assist, Rest Reminder, Brake Override System among others.
As you all know, the XPANDER will be locally assembled and part of the localisation and assembly of the MPV include ARM (All Round Monitor), which uses multiple cameras around the vehicle to create a 360-degree bird's eye view to aid with parking and manoeuvring. A Driving Video Recorder (DVR) as well as black stylish leather seats complete the Malaysian XPANDER package.
At publishing time we don't yet have confirmation of the price but expect it to come in just shy of RM100k.