Mitsubishi to start exporting 2022 Xpander facelift this January

Updated Jan 12, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Thailand will be the first market outside Indonesia to get it. 

Mitsubishi’s Xpander people-mover is riding high on the reputation of its Adventure AUV predecessor, enjoying brisk sales especially in the Philippine market. Three years after its launch in 2018, Mitsubishi Indonesia released a facelifted version of the MPV. 

 
Mitsubishi New Xpander - Official Video Profile 

The exterior design is arguably even more polarizing than the original, although it does come with interior and suspension enhancements as well. For those of you who already find themselves falling head over heels with the makeover, be advised that the 2022 Xpander facelift will be ready for export to the rest of Southeast Asia within this month, starting with Thailand. 

Reports say that the Thailand-spec version isn’t likely to stray too much from the one sold in Indonesia. The revised Dynamic Shield fascia with T-shaped LED headlamps and two-slat grille are certainly expected, along with the larger 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels. 

The revamped interior is also anticipated for the Thai release, featuring the new steering wheel, leather trim, and floating-type 8-inch touchscreen apart from the upgraded climate controls. An electronic parking brake switch takes the place of the hand lever, which gives the center console a cleaner look. 

Xpander facelift

The Thai release is expected to retain the features available in Indonesia 

Other amenities that Thai customers can look forward to are a large center console tray and second-row armrest bottleholders, as well as Type A and Type C charging ports at the rear seats.

In terms of powertrain, the export version of the Xpander facelift will continue to run on the current 1.5-liter inline-four gasoline engine rated at 103 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque. The only difference so far from the previous model is that the gearbox has been upgraded to a continuously variable transmission, coupled with a new exhaust gas recirculation system.  

Xpander CVT

The CVT is expected to improve the Xpander's fuel economy

Some slight chassis upgrades were reportedly installed, in the form of retuned struts and dampers to improve ride quality. This accompanies the increase in the Xpander’s ground clearance, from 205mm to 225mm.      

The Mitsubishi Xpander facelift is reportedly set for a March 2022 release in Thailand, which prompts the question of when our market will follow suit. Hopefully Mitsubishi Motors Philippines won’t take too long in bringing the refreshed Xpander here. 

Watch out for more updates on our region’s best-selling models at Philkotse.com

Know more about Mitsubishi Xpander 2023

Mitsubishi Xpander

The 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander is a seven-seater MPV for the Philippine market. As of the 2023 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. 

₱ 1,068,000 - ₱ 1,198,000

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Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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