New Mitsubishi Xpander 2019 – the new compact for Asia


At the motor show that started on August 10 in Indonesia’s Jakarta, the first public demonstration of the new model Mitsubishi Xpander 2019-2020 was held. Seven-seater car, which became a kind of hybrid crossover and minivan, was developed, primarily, with an eye on the countries of Southeast Asia. The first to acquire a novelty will be motorists of Indonesia, on the market of which the raised compact will come out in the fall of 2019. And already in 2019 will adjust the supply of cars to Thailand, Vietnam and a number of other countries in the region. The prices for the Mitsubishi Expander 2019-2020 range from $ 14-18.5 thousand (approximately 840-1100 thousand rubles at the current rate). The serial cars will be assembled at the plant in Bekasi Prefecture, Indonesia. The planned volume of production is 80 thousand copies a year.

The need to produce a new compact single-volume Mitsubishi representatives explained the growing demand among Asian customers for cars with a similar body format. The first as much as informative data on the model appeared in late July 2019, however, which is curious, then the official name of the crosswave was not published. Many authoritative publications hurriedly called the novelty Expander (actually, the working version sounded that way), but as it turned out later, in the final version of the name the first letter disappeared.

Unusual appearance Mitsubishi Xpander

The body design of the new Japanese model is due to the extravagant concept of Mitsubishi XM, presented exactly one year ago. That’s just the transformation from a bright and charismatic prototype to the serial version was for the crossover minivan is not as smooth as it would be desirable. As a result, the exterior appearance of the car, for all its unusualness, was saturated with elements with, to put it mildly, ambiguous design. For example, the frontal part of the body was very controversial, in which the commitment to the proprietary X-shaped style is clearly read, but its interpretation in this case does not seem so successful. Questions are caused both by the architecture of the head optics, divided into several dissimilar sections, and the configuration of the grille with the bumper.
Photo of Mitsubishi Expander front

Slightly better things are, if you examine the expander from a lateral perspective. Here, attention is drawn to an interesting punching at the level of the door handles, a “floating” roof with black areas on the rear posts, expressive wings, a rising window line with a characteristic curve at the end. The minivan’s wheel arches are ready to accommodate 16-inch wheels with rubber size 205/55 R16. In the end, a dynamic and attractive silhouette is formed.

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Xpander design stern

Mitsubishi Xpander’s forage is made in a simpler and mediocre manner, especially in contrast to the bow. However, even here the X-shaped trends are clearly traced, and the tail lights have a very peculiar form, different from the classical one.

Concluding the conversation about the exterior, do not forget to specify the exact dimensions of the body of Mitsubishi’s new cross-over. The length of the car is 4475 mm, width – 1750 mm, height – 1700 mm. Distance between the axes is 2700 mm, the clearance under the bottom does not exceed 205 mm.

Features of seven-seater performance and equipment

The salon of the novelty meets the standard layout of the front panel with a touch screen display of the media center on the console, three “twirls” of the air conditioning system, two analog dials and a tripcomputer screen in the instrument cluster, a three-spoke steering wheel. Finishing materials correspond to the status of the car – fabric upholstery of the seats, not the softest plastic, inserts “under the tree” on the panel and door cards.

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Front Panel

The list of basic and optional equipment (there are five complete sets) includes a height-adjustable and adjustable steering column, power windows of all four doors, keyless access and engine start button, multimedia with 6-inch screen (Bluetooth, navigation), a welcoming headlamp on locking / unlocking the locks (optics lights up for 30 seconds), climate system with separate adjustments for rear row passengers, ABS, ESP, assistance at start-up, two to six airbags.

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Saloon with three rows spread out

With relatively small dimensions Mitsubishi Expander has already three rows of seats, on which with varying degrees of convenience can accommodate up to 7 people. Of course, most comfortable feel themselves riders in the front seats, a little less comfortable – passengers of the second row, but the gallery will do just that for children. Despite the obvious lack of free space, the developers managed to make the 7-seater van a maximum variable and convenient. So, the seats of the second and third row can be folded in parts – in the proportions of 60:40 and 50:50. At the same time, an even area is formed, but initially the modest capacity of the luggage compartment increases at times. Plus, for the passengers prepared as many as 16 coasters.

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Variant with folded rear seats

Specifications Mitsubishi Expander 2019-2020 year

The manufacturer did not give motorists the opportunity to choose between power units – there is only one 1.5-liter MIVEC engine with 105 hp output. It is combined either with a 5-step “mechanics”, or with a 4-band “automatic”. The drive is exclusively front.

Suspension model is built in accordance with the scheme with the front pillars of McPherson and the rear torsion bar. The steering is equipped with an electric booster, the brakes are “circular” in the disk.