A couple days ago, the much-awaited Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 was finally launched in the Philippines with 4 variants, namely the base GLX, GLX Premium, GLS and the range-topping GLS Sport. Among which, the base model priced at P885,000 seems to receive particular attention of Filipino car enthusiasts.
In this article, Philkotse.com will give you a clearer review of what this variant has to offer, or more specifically, what has been included and, left out as well, in the base model Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 GLX MT.
Please note that all images in this article are of the GLX Premium AT on display at the car's local launch event. This was the solely GLX to be brought to the launch.
The GLX Premium AT was the solely GLX to be brought to the launch
Mitsubishi Xpander 2018/2019 Philippines Review
1. Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 GLX MT: Overall dimensions
First of all, there are some minor differences when it comes to the overall dimensions of the GLX MT. In particular, the model comes with 1,695 mm of ride height and 200 mm of ground clearance, which means a 5 mm lower for both the former and the latter when compared with other variants.
There are some minor differences when it comes to the overall dimensions of the GLX MT
This difference is mostly because the base GLX is equipped with a smaller set of 15-inch tires
This difference is mostly because the base GLX is equipped with a smaller set of 15-inch tires, while higher-end models come with 16-inch units. However, thanks to the manual gearbox, the GLX MT is reported to be lighter than the others with a total weight of 1,220kg.
The GLX MT is reported to be lighter than the others
2. Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 GLX MT: Accessories
Both GLXs come loaded with the same sleek black grille and 3-spoke urethane tiller (instead of a leather-covered one). Meanwhile, standard across the lineup are tilt and telescopic adjustment, cruise and audio controls.
Both GLXs come loaded with a 3-spoke urethane tiller (instead of a leather-covered one)
Dissimilar to the rest which all feature a touchscreen, the base GLX MT is not included with such unit although Bluetooth connectivity is still available. Also missing on the base MT model are the built-in GPS system and a set of 6 speakers - the manual will only get you 4 instead.
Furthermore, some features such as the Hill Start Assist, Active Stability Control and Traction Control are also left out from the GLX MT. In fact, these features are exclusive to the top-of-the-line GLS Sport AT.
Unlike other variants, the base GLX MT is not included with the 7-inch touchscreen
3. Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 GLX MT: Driving experience & Price in the Philippines
Although coming loaded with less equipment than the others in the range, the GLX MT is still said to offer nice driving experience. The shifting can be done with ease while the clutch is pliant, which is very worthy of note at its price point, especially given the stop-and-go traffic condition in the Philippines during rush hours. Being the lowest-priced Xpander at P885,000, Philkotse.com still believes the GLX MT is a good deal for many buyers. How about you?
In order to have a more comprehensive insight into this crossover, you can look through our full-scale review of the Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 here.
The GLX MT is still said to offer nice driving experience
If our brief review has sucessfully persuaded you to bring home a GLX MT, here is the official price list of the vehicle in our country:
|Models||2017 SRP||2018 SRP||Difference|
|Mitsubishi Xpander GLX M/T||N/A||₱885,000||N/A|
|Mitsubishi Xpander GLS A/T||N/A||₱995,000||N/A|
|Mitsubishi Xpander GLX Premium A/T||N/A||₱960,000||N/A|
|Mitsubishi Xpander GLS Sport A/T||N/A||₱1,060,000||N/A|
The base MT variant is a good deal when it comes to the stop-and-go traffic condition in the Philippines during rush hours
UPDATE: Now that the Xpander has landed in the Philippines for half a year, we at Philkotse.com has updated our reviews for this 7-seater! Find out more in the following articles:
- Mitsubishi Xpander is the top-selling MPV in the Philippines in 2018 Feb 16, 2019
- [Infographic] Xpander vs Rush: Side-by-side comparison Jan 24, 2019
- Toyota Rush 2018 Philippines: Full review & Comparison with the Xpander Aug 28, 2018
- [Auto Brawl 101] Xpander vs Rush: Who takes the crown? Aug 22, 2018
- Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 receives 2000 orders in the Philippines Apr 16, 2018