The popular Mitsubishi Xpander gets a bigger brother this month, courtesy of Mitsubishi Indonesia. Dubbed as the Xpander Cross, the all-new vehicle is essentially a higher-riding version of the popular MPV. It loses its mom van stance and opts to fill in bigger shoes. It does this by getting a new set of bigger wheels and tires. While the MPV version earned a local nickname of being the “baby” Montero Sport, in its Cross form the Xpander does well to match up to its bigger SUV brother.
If the aforementioned information above excites you, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has confirmed that it will indeed bring in the Xpander Cross into the Philippine market sometime in 2020.
With that said, the Xpander Cross is set to go head-to-head against the Toyota Rush and Honda BR-V in terms of ground clearance and styling. The crossover actually boasts a ground clearance of 225mm that is 20mm more than what the MPV version of the Xpander currently has.
Aside from the improved ground clearance, the specifications remain the same. Yes, this means that it’s still powered by a 1.5-liter engine and the driven wheels are still at the front. Transmission options are also the same with a 4-speed automatic transmission and a 5-speed manual being the only choices.
The Xpander currently being built at the new Mitsubishi Motors factory in Bekasi, Indonesia. The plant handles the manufacturing for the Nissan Livina as well which is basically a re-badged version of the Xpander.
Details are still sparse about when MMPC will exactly bring the Xpander Cross. But with the confirmation of 2020 arrival, buyers are now spoilt for choice if they’re in the market