If you’re looking for a new family-friendly, seven-seater MPV, then you might have considered the Mitsubishi Xpander. And recently, the brand has recently launched a new and improved version for the model year 2023.
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Of note, the updated version of the Mitsubishi Xpander continues to offer a spacious interior combined with an attractive exterior look. It does have some substantial upgrades like higher ground clearance, an improved suspension system, among others.
But, which Xpander variant is the right one for you? Is it the entry-level GLX MT, the mid-spec GLX AT, or the tops-pec GLS AT? Let’s find out.
Mitsubishi Xpander variants: Exterior
On the outside, the GLX variants and the top-spec GLS variant are all equipped with the new front end, which now features T-shaped LED headlamps, T-shaped taillights, as well as halogen front foglamps.
The updated 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander (GLS variant pictured)
The GLS does get LED daytime running lamps which are not present on the other two trims. Furthermore, all variants are now 4,595mm long. That’s 120mm more compared to the older model. All trims have also gained 50mm of ground clearance, placing it up at 225mm.
All 2023 Xpander variants then ride on a set of 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels. The top-spec GLS AT however, is the heaviest variant with its curb weight clocking in at 1,260 kg. The GLX AT and GLX MT meanwhile, are five kg lighter at 1,255 kg.
Thanks having more ground clearance, the new Xpander can do this
Lastly, only the top-spec GLS AT may come in Quartz White Pearl and Red Metallic. In turn, only the GLX may come in the Jet Black Mica color. All trims though, may either come in Graphite Gray or Blade Silver Metallic.
Mitsubishi Xpander variants: Interior
Inside, all three Xpander variants can seat up to seven occupants. The top-spec GLS AT then comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, whereas the GLX AT and GLX MT get a urethane steering wheel. All three also have tilt and telescopic steering adjustment.
Furthermore, the GLS gets a push-to-start button, but the GLX variants instead have a turn-key ignition system. All 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander trims then come with fabric seats, but only the top-spec GLS is fitted with an automatic air-conditioning system.
Inside the Xpander GLS AT
All trims then come with a new touchscreen headunit that can connect to smartphones via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the top-spec GLS, this touchscreen is linked to a six-piece speaker set. The GLX AT and MT meanwhile get a total of four speakers.
Mitsubishi Xpander variants: Engine & Performance
Under the hood, all three Xpander trims use the same 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. At maximum, this four-banger can produce up to 103 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque.
All Xpander trims come with the same 3-row seating arrangement
For transmissions, the top-spec GLS exclusively uses a four-speed automatic gearbox. The GLX, though, may either come with a five-speed manual gearbox or the aforementioned four-speed automatic gearbox.
Mitsubishi Xpander variants: Safety
Like many best-selling seven-seaters in the market today, the updated Xpander gets what you’d expect from a modern vehicle. All three variants come with dual-front airbags, anti-lock braking with electronic brakeforce distribution, ISOFIX child seat anchors, among others.
Mitsubishi Xpander variants: Pricing
2023 Mitsubishi Xpander variants
Xpander GLX 1.5 MT
Xpander GLX 1.5 AT
Xpander GLS 1.5 AT
Mitsubishi Xpander variants: Conclusion
As one can see, the GLS is the stand-out variant when it comes to features. This also means that it also stands as the priciest. But if you want a better air-conditioning system, a better speaker system, etc., then this variant is for you.
The 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander from the rear
As for the GLX, the choice between the two all boils down to their gearboxes. Of course, as with other models sold locally, the one with the manual stick shift is the most affordable version. So if you’ve got a strict budget and can only get the entry-level trim, then you’ll have to get used to rowing gears.
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Know more about Mitsubishi Xpander 2022
The 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander is a seven-seater MPV for the Philippine market. As of the 2022 model year, there are three available variants for this model. There’s the Xpander GLX 1.5 MT, the Xpander GLX 1.5 AT, and the Xpander GLS 1.5 AT. These range in price from Php 1,050,000 to Php 1,180,000.
Size-wise, the Xpander has a length of 4,595mm, a width of 1,750mm, and a height of 1,750mm. It also has a wheelbase that spans 2,775mm, and a ground clearance of 225mm.
Under the hood, this Mitsubishi MPV uses a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that’s capable of producing up to 103 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque. It then uses a front-wheel-drive layout. Depending on the trim, it either gets a four-speed automatic gearbox, or a five-speed manual transmission.
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