2022 Mitsubishi Xpander Old vs New: Spot the differences

Updated Sep 28, 2022 | Same topic: Old vs New: Spot the Differences

We take a look at what the refreshed MPV brings. 

Engineering people movers is one of the things that Mitsubishi does well, which explains the success of its Xpander MPV. Aware of its rivals in the segment, the carmaker introduced updates beginning in 2020, just two years after the Xpander premiered. 

Old XpanderNew Xpander

The current Mitsubishi Xpander (left) and the refreshed model (right)

To prove how invested it really is when it comes to one of its most popular models, Mitsubishi is now bringing further tweaks to the Xpander for the 2022 model year. It also launched the refreshed model locally back in June 2022. Let’s take a look at the improvements that the second refresh brings this time around.  

2022 Mitsubishi Xpander Old vs New: Exterior

For the most part, the updated Xpander appears to retain the original proportions of the older version, measuring just 120mm longer and 50mm higher. Even the 2,775mm wheelbase remains the same, promising the same generous space inside. The most drastic difference is the increased ground clearance from 205mm to 225mm which practically puts the new Xpander on par with the Xpander Cross.

The old Xpander from the rear

The old Xpander from the rear

While still using the Dynamic Shield as the design base, the fascia has been revised yet again, this time with LED headlamps reformatted into a sideways T shape. The license plate holder has switched places with the lower intake, and the restyled front bumper features new fog lamp housings. 

The new Xpander's rear end

The new Xpander's rear end

On account of its increased ride height, the refreshed 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander now wears 17-inch alloys, again putting it alongside the Xpander Cross. Revised LED tail lamps echo the ones in front, hovering over a new streamlined rear bumper that carries vertical reflectors at the corners.    

2022 Mitsubishi Xpander Old vs New: Interior

More changes can be found in the interior, starting with the revamped horizontal dashboard that does away with the carbon fiber-like surface accent in favor of a cleaner look. Mitsubishi has added what looks like more padding to the top edge. The dashboard also features new colors. These are also found on the door trims and diamond-pattern seats for seven occupants.

The old Xpander's interior

The old Xpander's interior

The new Xpander now comes with a padded armrest on the front console, along with center cupholders for the second-row seats. A redesigned steering wheel now uses a circular central hub reminiscent of the famed Lancer Evolution series, in an apparent effort to strike a connection between the current MPV and Mitsubishi’s long-departed sports sedan line.  

A peek inside the refreshed model

A peek inside the refreshed model

2022 Mitsubishi Xpander Old vs New: Tech & Safety 

Gone are the large rotary dials on the climate control unit, now replaced by toggle switches accompanied by an LCD display. Even the front vents have been redesigned, with those at the corners now sporting a uniform look with the central ones. 

A picture of new Xpander's dashboard

The new one also gets a 7-inch headunit. Note however, the new air-conditioning vents

The touchscreen display however retains its seven-inch size. Down below that is an electronic parking brake with auto hold function which takes the place of the conventional handbrake lever, resulting in a cleaner look for the front console. Two USB ports have been added at the rear for passengers. 

Safety features have been carried over from the previous version, including dual airbags, seven seatbelts, ISOFix anchors, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution. Higher-spec trim variants come with hill-start assist as well as traction and stability control, which are exclusive to the Xpander Cross in our market.  

2022 Mitsubishi Xpander Old vs New: Engine & Drivetrain 

The 1.5-liter 4A91 gasoline power plant featuring MIVEC technology is still the lone resident inside the engine bay, rated at 103 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque. Power is still delivered to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic gearbox.

CVT and EPB

The new Xpander still uses a four-speed automatic gearbox

A new exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system makes its way to the engine to further improve fuel efficiency. Mitsubishi says that the refreshed Xpander uses improved front strut mounts and new high-performance damper valves, as well as larger cylinders for the rear suspension to improve handling and ride quality. 

2022 Mitsubishi Xpander Old vs New: Pricing

Pricing information for the 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander starts at Php 1,050,000 for the entry-level GLX MT, and Php 1,110,000 for the GLX AT. The top-spec GLS AT in turn, can be had for Php 1,180,000.

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Know more about Mitsubishi Xpander 2022

Mitsubishi Xpander

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. 

₱ 1,050,000 - ₱ 1,255,000

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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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