Shortly after being awarded the full five stars ASEAN NCAP crash safety rating on the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the Japanese carmaker subjected their budget Mitsubishi Xpander to the same test. The seven-seater MPV fared a decent four stars with an overall score of 71.66 (out of 100).
The variant tested is a 1.5-litre MIVEC manufactured in Indonesia that that comes with dual airbags, ABS, ESC and Emergency Stop Signal. In Thailand and Vietnam, the Xpander comes with ESC as standard but is offered as an optional kit in Indonesia and The Philippines.
In the Adult Occupant Protection category, the Xpander scored 28.14 points of the maximum 36 points. As for the Child Occupant Protection category, the Xpander managed 36.63 points (max 49 points) while it scored 10 points (max 18 points) in the Safety Assist category. All these give a total weighted score of 71.66 which qualifies the Xpander for a Four-Star ASEAN NCAP rating.
In Indonesia, the seven-seater Mitsubishi Xpander is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder MIVEC engine paired to a four-speed automatic to give 104 hp. Exports of the Xpander will commence in February 2018 starting with The Philippines followed by Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.