2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines: 3 Things We Wish To Be Improved

Sep 14, 2018
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 Philippines: Introduction
  • 2. 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines - Weakness 1: Improper design for a 7-seater MPV
  • 3. 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines - Weakness 2: Middle-class technologies
  • 4. 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines - Weakness 3: Old-school powertrain
  • 5. 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines: Latest Prices, Specs & Verdict
Half a year is an ample time for Filipino drivers to have their say on the Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 Philippines.

1. Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 Philippines: Introduction

​​​Since its official launch in the Philippines 6 months ago, the all-new Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 Philippines has been fighting to gain the market share for the Japanese renowned automotive brand. Half a year is an ample time for this 7-seater MPV drivers to have their say on the new model. 

Tagged a starting price of ₱885,000, the Xpander scatters fears over its other 7-seater rivals. In the Philippines' car enthusiast community, the Xpander vs Rush is one of the most expected battles when it comes to 7-seat MPV segment. 

However, along with its irresistible charms in and out and being considered as a strategic model of the Japanese company, the MPV’s still got some flaws needing the car maker to work on for its future updates, which gives car purchasers a second thought before reaching a deal.

Today, with Philkotse.com find out what they are and how they should be improved.

Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 Philippines launch event

The Misubishi Xpander Philippines stays loyal to the concept XM introduced in 2016

2. 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines - Weakness 1: Improper design for a 7-seater MPV

​To begin with, the weak point that we can spot at the first glance lies in its design.

The Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 follows a design for a 7-seater crossover MPV with a length of 4,475mm, a width of 1,750mm, and a height of 1,700 mm. These figures almost go in accordance with the Toyota Vios, a 5-seater sedan. Not to mention the Santa Fe, Fortuner, or Innova which put on significantly bigger appearances than the model from Mitsubishi and make the Xpander like being belittled.

Angular front of the Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines

The Xpander is significantly smaller than its rivals such as the Santa Fe, Fortuner, and Innova

Of course, with those modest measures, it surely provides a rather stuffy atmosphere for the third seats’ passengers.

On the flip side, the Xpander earns an appealing exterior with Dynamic Shield styling based on the XM concept to be an hybrid between the SUV and MPV also known as higher-ground-clearance MPV. The front fascia features the huge X-Shaped grille that is located near the meticulously-designed headlights.

Details towards its rear end and back together display a bold and modish look with the deep-creased veins running along from the doors to the tailgate. The Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines runs on a set of garnishing 5-spoke alloy wheels. The side mirrors come compatible with turn signals. Chrome trim also works to boost the MPV aesthetics.

The rear seats of the 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines

Too small, it provides a rather stuffy atmosphere for the third seats’ passengers

Angular rear of the 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines

Details towards its rear end and back together display a bold and modish look

Video: 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander GLS - Exterior & Interior (Philippines)

3. 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines - Weakness 2: Middle-class technologies

​Another worth-mentioning downside of the Mitsubishi model can be detected right at your first step into its cabin that houses a wide range of technologies meant for middle-class customers. The adjective used for those techno features should be basic or even “poor”.

The interior is completely coated with felt. The 3-spoke steering wheel equipped with control buttons and a start-engine button fails to impress. Sadly enough, the dual-zone air conditioner comes in manual mode. The centered 6.2” 2-DIN screen display needs more to prove itself.

On the automatic transmission, the driver can be 6-direction adjustable while the manual allows only one. With those interior features, it will be a big challenge to gain the hearts of difficult car purchasers.

A deeper insight into the Xpander regarding its engine, performance, and other highlight features can be found in our full-scale Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 review.

The cabin of the Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 Philippines

Technology features inside the Xpander are "poor"

4. 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines - Weakness 3: Old-school powertrain

​The next weak point belongs to the engine which is also seen to be the most disadvantageous point by its driver.

The Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines only comes equipped with a 1.5L MIVEC DOHC powertrain, a unit with 16 valves and 4 cylinders, to produce a max output of 103 HP at 6000 rpm and 141 Nm at 4000 rpm. This engine works in conjunction with 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic to generate power to the front wheels.

These numbers on the Xpander is quite similar to the ones on the engines powering the “old school” Lancer in 2003, an aged engine with minor productivity compared to what we normally expect in a 7-seater model these days.

Engine of the 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines

The Mitsubishi Xpander only comes equipped with an aged 1.5L MIVEC DOHC powertrain

And for that reason, it will be an arduous experience every time the MPV goes uphill or on tough terrains. People are even afraid of its ability of stalling when putting on the full load capacity.

When it comes to safety, the car accommodates a set of standard features including 2 airbags, Auto Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) or Active Stability Control (ASC), and Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC).

Video: [NEW] 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander - Interior Exterior and Test Drive

5. 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines: Latest Prices, Specs & Verdict

According to the latest Mitsibishi Philippines price list, the base model can be had at ₱885,000 - a price tag that seems to be very affordable particularly when considering what the Xpander GLX MT has to offer. Even when it comes to the top-notch version, the P1,060k price is still quite bearable for a lot of Pinoy car buyers who are looking for a reliable and durable 7-seater on the market.

Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 price in Philippines
Model Price
Mitsubishi Xpander GLX M/T ₱885,000
Mitsubishi Xpander GLX Plus A/T ₱960,000
Mitsubishi Xpander GLS A/T ₱995,000
Mitsubishi Xpander GLS Sport A/T ₱1,060,000

Despite all the aforementioned weaknesses, Philkotse.com believes the Xpander is still capable enough to stand out ​among many MPV options currently marketed in the Philippines. Here is a complete list of all Mitsubishi Xpander for sale, take a look, contact the sellers and get the best deal!

2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines Specs
    Mitsubishi Xpander GLX M/T Mitsubishi Xpander GLX Plus A/T Mitsubishi Xpander GLS A/T Mitsubishi Xpander GLS Sport A/T 
Transmission   Manual Automatic
Engine Engine Size

1.5L

Displacement 1,499 cc   
Cylinders 4
Valves  16
Transmission type  5-speed manual
Performance Powertrain  FWD
Output (Max)  105 HP at 6,000 rpm
Torque (Max) 141 HP at 4,000 rpm
Economy and Environment Fuel Type Gasoline
Fuel Capacity 45L
Length (mm) 4.475
Width (mm) 1,750
Height (mm) 1,695 1,700
Wheelbase (mm)  2,775 
Ground Clearance (mm)  200 205
Doors 5
Seats 7
Safety and Security Driver’s airtbag Yes
Front passenger’s Airbag Yes
Knee Airbag No
Curtain Airbag No
Side Airbag No
Electronic Brake Distribution Yes
ABS Yes
Immobilizer Yes
Security Alarm No
Stability Control No Yes
Electronic Door Locks Yes No
Speed-Sensing Door Locks No
ISOFIX Yes
Lane Departure Warning System No
Blind-Spot Detection System No
Features Cruise Control Yes
Front Parking Sensors No
Rear Parking Sensors No Yes
Wheel size (inches) 15 16
Alloy Wheels Yes
AC Manual
Entertainment system 2-DIN Headunit, 4 speakers 7’’ touchscreen headunit, 6 speakers, GPS navigation, 2 tweeters
Connectivity iPod compatibility, USB port, Aux-in Cable, Bluetooth connectivity
Warranty 100,000 km/3 years
Keyless Entry No Yes
Roof Rack No
Sunroof No
Electric Adjustable seats No
Power steering Yes
Power windows Yes
Power outlet Yes
Steering Wheel Audio Control Yes
Technology Active Park Assist No
Hill Start Assist No Yes
AWD No
Tire Pressure Monitoring No
Heads-up display No
Power Tailgate No
Start-stop System No

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Aldreich Hawk
Aldreich Hawk 10:06 | Sep 19, 2018
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How can you even compare an mpv to those midsize SUV's? Why didnt you just focus on comparing its size with the rush? Your no. 3 is spot on though. How can you even compare an mpv to those midsize SUV's? Why didnt you just focus on comparing its size with the rush? Your no. 3 is spot on though.
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