Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has launched the 7-seater Xpander which will begin life in Malaysia straightaway with the facelift model which has undergone considerable changes on the exterior. The locally-assembled Xpander will be available in a single variant, priced at RM91,359 without SST. Come 2021, when the Sales Tax Exemption expires, the Xpander will be priced at RM94,800.
“Mitsubishi Motors is very excited to deliver the Malaysian-made Xpander to some early-bird customers. The Xpander has already attracted a strong following here and wherever it is sold in the ASEAN region,” said MMM CEO, Tomoyuki Shinnishi.
- Engine: 1.5-litre 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated
- Transmission: 4-speed automatic
- Horsepower: 105 hp
- Torque: 141 Nm
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
He added, “Due to the overwhelming response, the total bookings which MMM received has exceeded the total production capacity until December 2020. Customers who book the new Xpander moving forward will be taking the 2021 vehicles, which will be subjected to SST.”
Starting off with the exterior, the Xpander which will pave the way for future Mitsubishi models in Malaysia, comes with automatic LED headlamps and halogen daytime running lights that double up as fog lights. The crystal block headlamp fixture and front grille are new designs for the facelift model.
- Automatic LED headlamps
- Halogen fog lights and daytime running lights
- 16-inch wheels
- Keyless entry
- Side-mirror mounted cameras
- Rear LED combination tail lamps
Over to the side, you’ll notice that the Xpander comes with cameras mounted on each of the side mirrors, keyless entry and 16-inch wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes CR1 tyres. The Xpander’s ground clearance is rated at 205 mm; not bad when you consider that it’s only 15 mm lower than the Mitsubishi Triton.
With the facelift model, the previous bee-stung antenna has been replaced with a shark fin antenna for a sleeker look. Round the back, the Xpander is fitted with LED combination rear tail lamps with L-shaped graphics. It even comes with a rear fog lamp positioned at the centre of the rear bumper.
- 4.2-inch multi-information display
- Cruise control
- 9-inch touchscreen display with six speakers
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Front-facing dashcam
- Surround View Monitor with Bird’s Eye View
- 2x USB ports
Boot space is rated at 495-litres with the 3rd-row seats folded and 836-litres with the 2nd-row seats folded. If you’re mad enough to stack your cargo up to the roof, Mitsubishi says the Xpander will swallow more than 1,600 litres of cargo!
Inside, in terms of seating arrangements and space, the Xpander offers best-in-class headroom and cabin space. It is also the only vehicle in its class to offer a flat floor once the 2nd and 3rd-row seats are folded.
- Dual airbags
- Hill-start assist
- Brake assist
- Active stability control
- Brake override system
- ISOFIX child seat anchors.
The Xpander’s cabin refinement should stand out against its competitors. Its front and rear windows are said to be thicker than industry standards while the cabin has been padded with thicker headlining and floor carpets. This is expected to help reduce vibration and improve cabin insulation. The Xpander also features roof-mounted air-con vents in the second row.
Elsewhere, the cabin comes with two USB ports, and two 12V sockets but you’ll also notice the abundance of storage spaces. For starters, you have the centre console storage and glovebox, with additional storage above the glovebox, by the door panels, compartments behind the front seat, front passenger under-seat storage, storage for 3rd-row passengers, and under the boot floor.
Following the Sales Tax Exemption announcement, for the latest pricelist of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia, click here.