Mitsubishi reveals Xpander MPV
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) held the world premiere of its next generation MPV at the 25th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the all-new Xpander—a name reflecting MMC’s ambition to expand the customer’s motoring experience, and to make it more fulfilling, more enjoyable.
Osamu Masuko, chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, remarked: “The Mitsubishi Xpander is set to expand MMC’s strong presence in the Indonesian SUV and light commercial vehicle markets further into the booming MPV segments and beyond, throughout the Asean region.”
He added: “We intend to be right at the forefront of this growth by expanding customers’ lives.”
Blending functionality with adventurous SUV spirit, Mitsubishi Motors’ new entry expands MPVs’ traditional reach to new horizons.
Ruggedness and roominess, character and convenience, style and function are fused and expanded into this next-generation MPV.
The result is a refined ride comfort in a tough, yet stylish vehicle with ample space for seven and their luggage.
As part of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s expanded commitment to Indonesia’s vibrant economy, the Xpander is produced at MMC’s new factory in Bekasi Prefecture, West Java Province, with plans for an annual production of 80,000 units.
The Xpander will go on sale in Indonesia this fall, with plans to ship it to Asean and some other markets from early 2018.
Among the key features of the Xpander are:
The 7-seater Xpander is wider outside (1750 mm) and larger inside than competitors in this class, for a different take on the MPV concept.
The roomy cabin space—largest in its segment—and the clever occupant layout of the Xpander are complemented by generous luggage space.
Accommodating passenger quarters, and generous headroom are offered to all passengers. There is excellent access to the comfortable third-row seats.
The backrests in the second row (60:40 split) and third row (50:50 split) can easily be folded down to arrange the seats and luggage in various combinations, or to create a large flat storage area without bumps, or gaps.
Also, the center backrest of the second row can be folded down to create a wide armrest, or to clear space for extra-long items, like a rolled carpet, or a tall ladder.
There is an abundance of large and small storage spaces, accommodating everything from oversized luggage to smartphones and coins.
There even is a concealed secret box, located in the dashboard.
The Xpander has a total of 16 bottle holders in the door trims, and in the center console between the front seats.
Noise levels are kept low, and conversations between occupants will not be disturbed. Unique in its segment, the Xpander’s panoramic windshield is made from thick, high-quality, soundproof glass, laminated with an extra sound-absorbing layer to block out outside noise, and to make the cabin quieter.
The silent and powerful air conditioner can be finely adjusted, thanks to its eight power settings for the front seats, and its four settings in the rear.
Its large ribbed buttons can be operated by feel alone, without taking the eyes off the road.