Published on October 22nd, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mitsubishi XPANDER 7-Seater Crossover Arrives In Malaysia
Bookings started and response has been very good.
Many middle class Malaysians have been waiting patiently for the arrival of this latest 7-seat vehicle. First launched in Indonesia where the multi-seat passenger vehicle market is vibrant and then launched with success in Vietnam the following year, the XPANDER comes with Dynamic Shield Design and Omotenashi heritage of Japanese for extraordinary comfort.
The XPANDER uses Mitsubishi’s proprietary RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) monocoque body structure. It combines efficient energy absorption with high cabin integrity. Airbags for driver and front passenger are standard, along with 3-point seat belts on all seats.
Launched first in Indonesia in August 2017 and surpassing all its rivals to receive the most important awards such as “Cars of 2018”, “Best MPV”, “Best small-size MPV” awarded by Otomotif, “FORWOT Car of the year” award, this Mitsubishi XPANDER is leading the Indonesian market with the cumulative turnover reaching 74,000 units in the 12 months of 2018 and hitting an impressive 100,000 units after a further 6 months.
The Philippines in 2018 was the second market to receive the XPANDER after Indonesia. Assembled at the Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s (MMC) new factory in Bekasi Prefecture, Indonesia, demand was overwhelming right after its launch. A few months after its launch the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) conducted a fuel economy test where six XPANDERs ran an average distance of 236.58 km and the results showed XPANDER’s superiority among its competitors when it comes to fuel efficiency and performance. The XPANDER recorded an amazing 22.94 km/li after the run. In 2019 the XPANDER also won “Model of the year” and “Best design” in the MPV segment in Philippines.
By July 2019, the sales success of the XPANDER in Indonesia, made Indonesia Mitsubishi Motors largest market with sales of 140,191 units of various Mitsubishi models. This was a 35 per cent increase over the 2017.
By May 2020, The Mitsubishi XPANDER had impressive sales with 25,000 cars delivered to the Vietnamese customers. In just 3 years of introduction, the total regional sales of XPANDER had reached 251,064 units.
PRESS RELEASE: MITSUBISHI MOTORS MALAYSIA (MMM), the official distributor of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles in Malaysia, revealed full product specifications of the new Mitsubishi XPANDER today.
The seven-seater crossover is now open for bookings at all Mitsubishi Motors authorized showrooms nationwide, ahead of its official launch in Malaysia which is targeted for November 2020.
The XPANDER is powered by a 1.5-litre MIVEC petrol engine using aluminium block that produces 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The XPANDER comes with a four-speed automatic transmission optimized for power and fuel economy.
Commenting on the new XPANDER, Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, Tomoyuki Shinnishi said, “The XPANDER is a significant model for MMM and we are optimistic that it will be a favourite among many Malaysians for its design is more than just aesthetics. Today, we are pleased to reveal the full-specs of the new XPANDER to all. We understood that Malaysians now want a car that matched their aspiration for a more active lifestyle and practicality and as such, the XPANDER is customized to meet Malaysians preference.”
He added, “At Mitsubishi Motors, we want to offer a more price competitive model with better specifications, hence the move to locally-assembled. We want to provide our customers with more convenience and comfort and subsequently allowing them to live an adventurous life beyond limits.”
The new XPANDER never fails to impress with it’s a striking futuristic design. The XPANDER follows the iteration of the ‘Dynamic Shield’ front design concept, which is incorporated in every newly launched Mitsubishi car. The ‘Dynamic Shield’ expresses high performance and a sense of protection for the driver and passengers.
Aesthetically, the XPANDER comes with a few impressive kit list including LED Headlamps, Crystal blocks LED position lamp and L-illumination LED Tail Lights. The new XPANDER also comes with 16 inch dual-tone alloy wheels. Customers also need not worry about flash floods with the XPANDER’s high ground clearance of 205mm.
Moving inside, the XPANDER gets best-in-class spacious cabin with overall headroom of 1,730mm and overall length of 4,475mm. The new XPANDER is with a 2,775mm wheelbase and 1,750mm width offering more legroom for all its passengers.
The XPANDER is the only car in its class with fold-flat second and third rows seats providing full luggage space and car-like boot that makes it easier to load larger or longer items. The XPANDER is also fitted with under-seat multi-purpose storage, cargo floor box with lid, third row side pocket and cup holder, centre console box with sliding lid, multiple storage compartments and glove box with double compartment to store all the items needed for a perfect weekend getaway.
Furthermore, the XPANDER also comes with four roof-mounted air vents for better air distribution towards each passenger promising faster cooling effect for hot days. For entertainment, the XPANDER comes with 9-Inch Audio System with Apple Carplay and Android Auto Ready.
Safety features includes dual SRS airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distributor (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC), Brake Assist System (BA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Rest Reminder, Brake Override System (BOS) among others.
Last but not least, the XPANDER also comes with 4.2-inch high contrast meter cluster with important information display such as engine coolant temperature gauge, and warning display for cruise control or low battery in the car key.
MMM’s Authorised Dealer Package
To further enhance the value of the vehicle, a MMM authorized dealer package is introduced. The MMM authorized dealer package will include features such as All Round Monitor (ARM), Driving Video Recorder (DVR) and Leather Seats.
ARM uses multiple cameras around the vehicle to create a 360 Degrees bird’s eye view to aid parking and manoeuvring.
For added peace-of-mind driving, the DVR captures every moment or incident in front of the vehicle while on the move.
Last but not least, the stylish black leather seats further complements the vehicle design and ride comfort for the driver and passengers.
All these accessories are tested and verified by MMM to be in compliance with Malaysia’s local regulation requirement.
Customers will be able to get the first close-up view of the new Mitsubishi XPANDER at a series of special displays at major towns and cities in from 23 October to 8 November.
The locations and dates of the special displays are shown below:
|23-25 October||Toppen Mall, Johor Bahru, Johor||10.00am-10.00pm|
|29 October-1 November||Ipoh Parade, Perak||10.00am-10.00pm|
All are encouraged to stay tuned to MMM’s official website https://www.mitsubishi-motors.com.my/ and social media pages Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MitsubishiMotorsMalaysia/ and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mitsubishimotorsmalaysia/ for more upcoming events soon.