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The all-new Mitsubishi Xpander is a new generation of lifestyle-oriented MPV
Mitsubishi's all-new seven-seater Xpander.

Mitsubishi’s all-new seven-seater Xpander is ready to take the highly competitive South African market by storm, combining the conventional versatility and practicality of a multipurpose vehicle (MPV) with the rugged and well-built appearance of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV).

 

 

 

 

 

 

“As the name implies, the much-anticipated Xpander is all about widening one’s horizons, whether in terms of lifestyle choices or family relationships.

We want to improve our positions in both the MPV and compact SUV segments of the local market with the introduction of this extremely exciting addition to our line-up,” Mitsubishi Motors South Africa General Manager, Nic Campbell.

The Xpander’s interior may be all MPV, but its appearance screams SUV, making it equally well suited to daily commuting, family road trips, and leisure activities. Furthermore, its fashionable toughness and utility allow you to confidently tackle a variety of terrains without sacrificing comfort.

The Xpander has the agility of a much smaller vehicle, with a turning radius of 5.2 metres. The Xpander’s suspension has been securely reinforced, which improves driving comfort. This vehicle stands out from the crowd because of its high quality build, complete anti-noise and anti-vibration features.

“Our recent sales results show that we have the correct mix of models and target markets for our business. The Xpander will surely appeal to purchasers with active lifestyles who want something a little different from what our primary competitors in the segment have to offer,” Campbell added.

In the local lineup, there are two models. Both have a 1.5-litre engine, and the only variation is whether a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission is used.

Xpander’s history includes wooing markets all around the world

Based on the XM Concept, which made its premiere at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in 2016, the production version of the Xpander made its debut a year later at the same event, before going on sale in Indonesia.

At the Auto Show, it created such a sensation that more than 11 000 pre-orders were received. Mitsubishi Motors’ Indonesian plant had to double its monthly production output to fulfil this unexpectedly high local demand.

The Philippines, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Bolivia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Egypt, Sri Lanka, and South Africa are now served by the plant. The Xpander was Indonesia’s most exported car in 2019, with over 64 000 units sold to other nations.

The Philippines is another important market for the Xpander, and it has received numerous accolades there as well.

The Xpander, the Philippines’ best-selling MPV, was named 2019/2020 Automobile of the Year in the standard category of the Auto Focus People’s Choice Awards, a public survey that determines the country’s most popular automotive brands and models.

In the MPV category, it also took home the Model of the Year and Best Design accolades. It took home the prize for MPV/Van of the Year in the 2020/2021 edition of the same awards.

It’s a similar story in Vietnam, where the Xpander won the coveted Car of the Year award for 2021 after excelling in the small and medium MPV sector

The winner was chosen by a voting mechanism that included both the general public and the media. The Xpander is also consistently in the top 10 best-selling automobiles in Vietnam.

“The way other markets have reacted to the Xpander, as well as the array of prizes it has earned, is nothing short of astounding,” said Mitsubishi Motors South Africa general manager, Nic Campbell.

We are naturally ecstatic to be able to introduce the Xpander to our local Mitsubishi product line-up, as we feel local buyers will share our enthusiasm.

The exterior makes a strong first impression

Whether you’re parking in a picnic area or driving up to a luxury hotel, the all-new Xpander has the kind of external style that will get you noticed.

Mitsubishi’s so-called Dynamic Shield Design, which is meant to communicate not only performance but also protection, is at the heart of the futuristic yet functional appearance. Previous-generation Mitsubishi cars’ front-face designs served to protect both the occupants and the vehicle. The new face, with its black central area, continues this trend while adding a touch of sportiness and athleticism.

The Xpander exudes toughness and power from the first glimpse, with sporty alloy wheels – 15-inch on the manual model and 16-inch on the automatic variant – and large flared fenders. The entire appearance is enhanced with crystal clear headlights, daytime running lights, and L-illuminated LED taillights that extend to the tailgate.

Another characteristic that is instantly visible is the Xpander’s increased ground clearance of 205 mm, which emphasizes its sporty but practical character.

On the inside, every detail screams ‘Omotenashi.’

Mitsubishi is a firm believer in the notion of ‘Omotenashi,’ a Japanese term that describes how Japanese hosts pay close attention to details and anticipate their guests’ demands.

The interior of the all-new Xpander exemplifies this approach, with adequate space for up to seven people to travel in luxury and style.

The adaptable seats can be designed to meet a wide range of applications, from transporting passengers and luggage to conveying lifestyle-related objects.

The second- and third-row seats are divided 60/40, and the third-row seats may be folded flat and stowed to increase cargo capacity.

In addition, the latter has a floor box with a lid for storing smaller items safely.

Full automatic air conditioning with a manual rear overhead cooler, electric windows all around, a USB port in the front, 120 Watt power sockets to supply every row of seating, and clever storage compartments under the seats ensure that personal items are out of the way but within easy reach and further enhance passenger comfort.

A tilt and telescopic multifunction steering wheel with Bluetooth voice control for hands-free communication and a multi-information display ensures driver comfort.

The high-resolution rear-view camera provides excellent visibility and a wide field of vision.

Performance — striking a balance between power and efficiency

The very durable 1.5-litre DOHC 16-valve aluminium block engine provides smooth performance, low fuel consumption, and decreased noise in the all-new Xpander.

This lively engine produces 77 kW at 6 000 r/min and 141 Nm of peak torque at 4 00 r/min, thanks to Mitsubishi’s Intelligent Innovative Valve Timing Lift Electronic Control (MIVEC) technology and ECI multi-point fuel injection.

With a 45-litre fuel tank, the manual model consumes 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle, while the automatic model consumes 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres.

With a 45-litre fuel tank, the manual model consumes 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle, while the automatic model consumes 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres.

Technology is most needed in the field of safety

The all-new Xpander comes equipped with a number of unique safety measures, befitting its status as a people’s transporter.

Airbags for the driver and front passenger, seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), and seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters are among the features designed to protect not only the driver and passengers, but also other road users.

ISOFIX child seat anchors provide additional safety for young passengers.

The Xpander also features side impact bars and an advanced all-direction crash reinforced impact safety evolution (RISE) body construction.

Coming-home and welcome lights add to the overall sense of safety, security, and convenience.

Warranty and service – added peace of mind

The new Mitsubishi Xpander is covered by a three-year/100 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and a two-year/30 000 km service plan. The price also includes five-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance.

Service intervals are set at 15 000 kilometers per year or one year, whichever comes first.

Pricing

Xpander 1.5L M/T: R299 995

Xpander 1.5L A/T: R319 995

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