It goes without saying that the launch of the Mitsubishi Expander 2018 (also known as the Mitsubishi Xpander 2018) in the Philippine market is one of the most expected car events this year.
And now, Filipino car enthusiasts don’t have to wait any longer because the hot B-segment crossover 7-seater has officially been released to the local market. The car is expected to go toe-to-toe with the Honda BR-V and in several months later, the Toyota Rush.
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The launch of the Mitsubishi 7-seater is one of the most-expected car events in our country in 2018
Overall, the new Expander still stays loyal to the concept XM previously introduced in the Philippine International Motor Show in 2016.
For starters, the front fascia of the 7-seat crossover is designed with a unique high-mounted slim daytime running lamps merged with Mitsubishi’s distinctive 'Dynamic Shield' grille. Meanwhile, the car’s main beam is positioned at the center of the bumper, incorporating it with its fog lamps. Noticeably, the faux skid plate at the front together with a decent ground clearance of 200 mm has earned the all-new Expander the typical look of an SUV.
The new Expander still stays loyal to the concept XM introduced in 2016
The All-New Mitsubishi Xpander VIP Preview Night - Mitsubishi Cebu
Attracting our eyes when looking at the car from the side are the presence of 2 bold character lines, one crossing through the door handles and another at the bottom of the doors. Moreover, the tall and upright side profile is further highlighted thanks to the use of a kink third window designed with a black-trimmed piece. A noticeable feature at the rear is a set of L-shaped tail lamps mounted to each pillar.
The L-shaped tail lamps are very eye-catching features
Interior-wise, it is worth pointing out that the Mitsubishi Expander 2018 is equipped with the first-in-segment fold-flat seating for the third row. Other interior features include:
- A wraparound dashboard with different trimmings, depending on which model you opt for;
- Air-conditioning system with ceiling-mounted vents;
- An upright infotainment touchscreen placed on the centre stack.
There is an upright infotainment system touchscreen placed on the centre stack
Speaking of overall dimensions, the Expander 2018 measures 4475 mm x 1750 mm x 1700 mm (L x W x H).
The Expander will come in with four variants, namely GLS Sport, GLS, GLX Premium AT and GLX MT. All variants are driven by a 1.5-liter MIVEC engine which is able to deliver 105 PS and 141 Nm of torque. Power is transferred to the road via the front wheels and either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. The vehicle also comes loaded with a number of features such as Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Active Stability Control (ASC).
As mentioned in our previous article, Pinoy gearheads can test drive the Expander at the Mitsubishi Xpander Xpo 2018 event held in Pasay City starting today until the 4th of March. If you are interested in this event, please click here to find further information regarding its key activities.
According to Mitsubishi, deliveries of the Expander are set to begin by May. Take a look at the table below for the official Mitsubishi Expander 2018 price in the Philippines which is less expensive than first advertised:
|2018 Mitsubishi Xpander GLX M/T||P885,000|
|2018 Mitsubishi Xpander GLX Premium A/T||P960,000|
|2018 Mitsubishi Xpander GLS A/T||P995,000|
|2018 Mitsubishi Xpander GLS Sport A/T||P1,060,000|
More images of the car at its local launch: