October 22, 2020, Kuala Lumpur – Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia has opened bookings as well as revealed the specifications for the all-new Mitsubishi Xpander.
Locally assembled in Hicom Automotive Manufacturers Sdn Bhd, Pekan, the seven-seater crossover will be officially launched next month.
The local variant of the Xpander will be powered by a 1.5-litre MIVEC petrol engine outputting 104 hp at 6,000 rpm with a torque of 141 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Power goes to the front wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission.
Design wise, the Xpander follows in Mitsubishi’s current bold and futuristic ‘Dynamic Shield’ design concept. The exterior will come equipped with LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps. As for the adventurous, the high ground clearance of 205mm makes it convenient to head off the tarmac while the 16-inch dual tone alloy wheels is sure to make things stylish doing so. In terms of dimensions, the Xpander has a length of 4,475mm, width of 1,750mm and height of 1,730mm.
Mitsubishi states that the Xpander is the only car in its class with flat-folding second and third row seats that provide full luggage space and a car-like boot that makes it easier to load larger and longer items. The cabin is fitted with under-seat multi-purpose storage, cargo floor box with lid, third row side pocket and cup holder, centre console box with sliding lid, multiple storage compartments and a glove box with double compartment.
Additional cabin features include a 9-inch multimedia system that comes compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a roof-mounted air vent for better air distribution to the passengers at the rear. To enhance the Xpander’s value, Mitsubishi will introduce an authorized dealer package that features an All Round Monitor (ARM), Digital Video Recorder and leather seats.
Last of all, safety features in the Xpander include dual SRS airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distributor (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC), Brake Assist System (BA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Rest Reminder, Brake Override System (BOS) among others.
In a separate statement, the official distributor for Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia has officially rolled out the new Mitsubishi Xpander from its assembly line and begun its mass production in Pekan, Pahang.
Malaysia is the third country to locally-assembled the Xpander, after Indonesia and Vietnam. The company has invested in setting up the all-new body shop, painting jigs and tester line at the plant in Pekan.
The new Xpander will undergo a pre-treatment and electro deposition by a 360-degree somersault in an ED-coat tank at one of the most advanced paint shop in ASEAN. A layer of primer is then painted by a robotic system and then dry heated in an oven bay. After that, the Xpander is painted again with multiple coats to a fine finish.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation certified auditors are stationed at the assembly plan to oversee the same high standards and consistent quality of Mitsubishi Motors production worldwide.
Since its launch in Indonesia, the Xpander has sold about 270,000 units, as of September 2020.
Stay tuned for the official launch soon with prices.