MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION (MMC) revealed an all-new crossover MPV – XPANDER CROSS – to join the XPANDER line-up. Inherited with MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ SUV DNA, the new model features more robust SUV exterior styling combined with the unique strengths from multi-purpose vehicles (MPV), and will be launched in Indonesia first, then in other ASEAN markets sequentially. XPANDER CROSS is a family-friendly crossover MPV built with solid SUV styling, comfortable and pleasant drivability, as well as a practical and versatile interior design. The vehicle is the top variant of the XPANDER line-up, which enables users to drive through a wide variety of terrains with confidence, yet without compromising on roominess and the comfort that MPVs offer.
The standard XPANDER, which was first introduced in Indonesia in 2017, has become MMC’s fourth-largest sales model in fiscal 2018, accounting for around 104,000 units. Based on the solid foundation of the multi-award* winning XPANDER, MMC has brought together its expertise in tough SUVs and spacious MPVs to create the new XPANDER CROSS, which will provide new values for customers in ASEAN countries where style, ruggedness and practicality are in high demand. “With the launch of XPANDER CROSS, we will expand the production capacity to prepare for an increase in export,” said Takao Kato, chief executive officer of MITSUBISHI MOTORS. “We are committed to contribute to the expansion of export from Indonesia, and also to the development of Indonesia economy.”
Dynamic Exterior Design
The new face features the latest version of MMC’s trademark Dynamic Shield with a geometric design, which portrays the balance between dynamism and power. The robust and protective lower bumper ‘skid plate’ design further emphasizes an SUV image. Adaptive lights provide better visibility, a wider lighting range and a high-class look. The large front fog lamps integrated into the bumper are LED too, creating a tougher and stronger feeling of mobility. To give a wider stance and sense of stability, the XPANDER CROSS is 50mm wider than the standard model. The characteristic SUV-style black wide wheel arches, door garnishes, and larger-profile tires with 17-inch alloy wheels add a sense of protection and emphasize the strong SUV style. It also comes with silver coloured roof rails for extra loading capacity.
At the rear, a piano black tailgate garnish underneath the rear window and a larger skid plate on the lower part of the bumper enhances a tough image. Two new colours debut on XPANDER CROSS – a high-class Graphite Grey metallic and eye-catching Sunrise Orange metallic, of which the latter is exclusive for XPANDER CROSS. Both are available with a black/brown combination interior trim with a silver mesh decoration panel – all give a sophisticated and prestigious cabin look.
Outstanding Driving Performance
Drivers comfort is leading in its class thanks to the top class stability offered by XPANDER CROSS which boasts best-in-class ground clearance of 225mm, raised by 20mm over the standard XPANDER to provide better ability on rougher or flooded roads, and also higher seating position with clear visibility for the driver. Power for the XPANDER CROSS is provided by MMC’s latest 1.5-liter petrol engine with auto and manual transmission options. It is not only the engine which has been optimised to ensure the XPANDER CROSS offers a sense of quality and refinement. In fact, the new model is the quietest in its class, thanks to high-performance sound absorbing and vibration blocking material.
Designed with users in mind
“Mitsubishi Motors South Africa started with the homologation process in preparation of the imminent launch of this vehicle in SA.” says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. Not dismissing the functional aspect of a family vehicle, the Japanese “Omotenashi” – a meticulous attention to detail for every passenger – is designed throughout the cabin. XPANDER CROSS is spacious with the capability to carry seven people comfortably with best-in-class spacious interior and easy passenger entry and exit. Three passengers can sit comfortably on the wide second row seat and the vehicle also adopts a tumbling system for folding the second row seats to make access to the back row easier.
The seatbacks in the second row (60:40 split) and third row (50:50 split) can be folded down with a simple operation to arrange the seats and luggage in various combinations. For really large loads, the second and third row seats can be folded down to create a large flat storage area without bumps or gaps. For added practicality, the armrest in second row can be folded down to carry both loads and passengers at the same time – unique in the class. Even with seven occupants taking up all of the seats, the XPANDER CROSS still has enough luggage space to hold a standard stroller. Numerous cubby holes and compartments ensure the family’s belongings are kept safe and secure.
Other XPANDER CROSS innovations which bring a new level of luxury, comfort and technology to the class include:
The new XPANDER CROSS will be built in Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Indonesia. It went on sale in Indonesia on 13 November 2019 before being exported to other markets throughout the ASEAN region.