After photos of the highly anticipated Xpander Cross, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has officially revealed the said model. Not surprisingly, the leaked photos look identical to that of the official press photos released by MMC. Safe to say, it looks like a rugged, 'SUV' version of the ever-popular Xpander we’ve come to love, but with some new upgrades.
The most obvious changes on the Xpander Cross is the beefed up exterior. While it still looks like and Xpander, the front and rear end have been revised. Upfront, there’s a new bumper which now features a skid plate to give it more presence. There’s also a new grill which is now finished in flat black rather than chrome. Possibly the biggest upgrade would be the new LED headlights and foglights.
There is a black body cladding all around, typical in any car that's been given the SUV-look treatment. Black wheel arches adds 50 mm to the the Xpander Cross' width. To further differentiate the Xpander Cross from the standard model, restyled 17-inch wheels have been fitted together with larger profile tires. Roof rails then give it more versatility. At the rear, there’s a new bumper which features a large (faux) skid plate to match the revised styling of the front end.
Aside from the revised styling, the Mitsubishi is also offering the Xpander Cross with two new colors: Graphite Gray metallic and Sunrise Orange.
Inside, the cabin gets a design makeover as well. Rather than a pure black interior, the seats are now finished in black and red fabric, giving it a sportier look. The red and black look is also applied onto the dashboard.
Not all of the changes to the Xpander Cross are purely aesthetic though. Compared to the standard Xpander, the Cross has a ground clearance of 225mm. For reference, this is 20mm higher over the standard Xpander, giving it better ability on rough roads and floods.
Powering the Xpander Cross is a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that is paired with either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. Mitsubishi claims it is also quieter and more efficient than before. Unfortunately, despite the rugged looks, the Xpander Cross will remain front-wheel drive with no four-wheel drive option.
The Xpander Cross will be built in Mitsubishi Motor’s Indonesia plant alongside the existing Xpander model. It will go on sale in Indonesia starting November 13 before being exported to other markets in the ASEAN region. And if in case you missed it, yes the Philippines will be getting it too.