After weeks of anticipation, Mitsubishi has finally unveiled its newest subcompact SUV: the Xpander Cross. This is what Mitsubishi Indonesia calls a ‘crossover MPV,’ a vehicle that’s poised to take on the likes of the Toyota Rush and the Honda BR-V in our local market.
Its front end features Mitsubishi’s signature Dynamic Shield design, with thin, swept-back headlamps complemented by large foglamp housings that embrace the dark grille. Compared with the Xpander, it sports a new-look front bumper, new side skirts, and new wheel-arch moldings that house the redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels to complete the more aggressive exterior. Up top, roof rails have been fitted as well.
Inside is an abundance of soft-touch materials. The seats are wrapped in leather (if you spec the Premium Package), as are the steering wheel, the gearshift, and the parking-brake lever.
This vehicle is slightly bigger than the Xpander we’re familiar with, measuring to 4,500mm long, 1,800mm wide, and 1,750mm tall. It boasts a decent ground clearance at 225mm, and can seat up to seven people. Under the hood is a 1.5-liter MIVEC DOHC engine that produces 105hp and 141Nm of torque. This comes mated to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.
Other extra goodies include a seven-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, parking sensors with a rearview camera, and a keyless operation system. While cruise control is exclusive to the higher variant, the entire model range gets ABS with EBD, active stability and traction control, and hill-start assist.
The Xpander Cross has only been launched in Indonesia, but here are the corresponding prices. Check them out below:
What do you think of Mitsubishi’s newest offering? How do you think this vehicle will fare in the Philippine market?