Automotive diamond brand Mitsubishi introduced another variant in its Philippine Xpander lineup, the Xpander Cross. It is a small MPV with extra crossover flare that can accommodate seven occupants. The new variant succeeds the previous GLS Sport as the flagship variant in the local Xpander range. It carries the Dynamic Shield design language of the brand partnered with a car-like chassis. This new platform is expected to provide better ride comfort with the help of coil springs on all its wheels. The additional utility is provided by the increased height of the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross as it bumps up the model’s ground clearance to 225mm. Since then, this Mitsubishi vehicle has become locally popular in its base and mid-level trims. Under the hood of the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross lies a 1.5L gasoline engine, in-line 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC with MIVEC technology. Having a frugal engine, this model returns fuel economy with the performance to match. The Xpander Cross engine is paired with a four-speed automatic that sends power to the front wheels. The Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is available in four different color options, namely Quartz White, Sterling Silver Metallic, Sunrise Orange, and Graphite Grey.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross had a quiet release in the Philippines. Mitsubishi Motor Philippines Corporation launched the model online with the assistance of its media partners in spreading the vehicle’s information.
The Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is the model that replaced the GLS Sport as the Xpander’s range-topping variant. This new variant comes with the same engine that is attached to a four-speed automatic transmission.
The new vehicle gets a new body cladding and an increased ground clearance than its MPV brother. The Mitsubishi Xpander Cross comes with a ground clearance of 225mm while the regular Xpander only has 205mm.
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Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design language is featured in the new variant of the Xpander, which is the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross. The design makes the new model look similar to the Montero Sport, its bigger brother. The fog lamps, turn signals, and the headlights are housed in the front bumpers. The daytime running lights of the Xpander Cross are mounted at the top of the vehicle’s front fascia on top of the headlight housing.
The Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is the raised variant of its lineup, which is why the model features a black body kit and other accessories that contribute to the model's almost SUV-like and more muscular look. MMPC offers the Xpander Cross in five color options, namely Quartz White, Sterling Silver Metallic, Sunrise Orange, and Graphite Grey.
Being the Xpander's raised version, Mitsubishi Xpander Cross needs to serve the role of a mini people-hauler. The interior of this new variant is dominated by durable plastics. Consumers can choose between leather or high-grade fabric seat materials. The range-topping model comes with a steering wheel wrapped with leather, parking brake lever with hands-free switch, and gear shift knob that is covered with leather as well.
The interior space of the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is spacious, even in the second row. The third row might get a little tight for adult occupants, making it best for smaller individuals and children. The MPV has plenty of cubby holes as well. The minimal loading lip and flat loading bay of the vehicle make it easier to load and unload objects.
Technology & safety features
Mitsubishi Xpander Cross comes with the same features present in the model it replaced, which is the GLS Sport. A 7-inch touchscreen handles the infotainment system of the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. It also comes with a Navi-ready head unit, and the sound is delivered through the six-speaker system composed of two tweeters and four regular speakers.
Also available in the model are cruise control, electric power steering, steering wheel telescopic adjustability, and steering wheel tilt adjustability.
Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is loaded with active and passive safety features including traction control, hill-start assist, active stability control, driver and front passenger SRS airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, ISOFIX, tether anchors and Emergency stop signal system.
Platform & chassis
Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is a five-door crossover that can carry seven occupants. The new MPV is only available in a single variant. The vehicle has a length of 4,500mm, a width of 1,800mm, a wheelbase of 2,775 mm, and a ground clearance of 225mm. It sits on the Mitsubishi Car Platform, which is based on a sedan.
The front suspension of the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is handled by the Macpherson strut and torsion beam for the rear setup. The front disc brakes and the rear drum brakes provide the stopping power of the new MPV. Its monocoque chassis, along with its suspension setup makes the MPV capable of producing adequate performance from its engine.
Engine & Drivetrain
The engine of the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is similar to its MPV brother. Lying under the hood of the new MPV is the 1.5L gasoline engine, in-line 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC. It comes with Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control or MIVEC technology. This 4A91 engine pumps out 103 horsepower and 141 Newton-meter of torque. The power plant can be paired with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.
Those figures are precisely the same as the standard, non-Cross version of the vehicle. But the high ground clearance and impressive fuel economy were the best in its class. In terms of engine capabilities and power, the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is pretty much the same as the rest of the Xpander lineup.