Mitsubishi has officially unveiled the refreshed Xpander Cross at the 2022 Gaikindo Indonesia International Motor Show. It follows the facelifted Xpander, which was launched in the Philippines earlier this year. The design updates are similar, although the Xpander Cross still does feature unique embellishments that make it sportier and more rugged.
The most obvious change comes at the front, where the Xpander Cross now gets familiar T-shaped headlights in a new interpretation of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design. At the rear, it gets the same taillight setup as the new Xpander. While this end looks decidedly toned down with fewer black plastics, the rest of the vehicle still features an abundance of black trim.
As with the updated Xpander, the Xpander Cross packs no powertrain changes under the hood. It’s still the same 1.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers 103 hp at 6,000 RPM and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. It pairs with a CVT, a contrast to the somewhat archaic four-speed automatic transmission that’s present on the local model.
Interestingly, Mitsubishi fitted the Xpander Cross with active yaw control, a feature that first appeared on the fourth-generation Lancer Evolution. It’s essentially a dynamic stability control system that controls the driving and braking forces between the left and right wheels. It’s currently unclear whether this feature will make it to international versions of the Xpander Cross.
With the 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross now in Indonesia, it seems like only a matter of time before the new model arrives in the Philippines. We wouldn’t be surprised if Mitsubishi Philippines decides to bring this vehicle in this year, perhaps as soon as this September at the Philippine International Motor Show. When the new Xpander Cross does land in the country, expect it to carry a price tag of around P1.3 million.
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