The compact 7-seater MPV market continues to get more competitive in the Philippines as brands start to offer new high-riding versions of popular models. Mitsubishi Motor Philippines, Corporation (MMPC) joins the fray with its new fighter - the 2020 Xpander Cross. Boasting more than its nameplate, MMPC wants to outdo itself by putting more on offer for those looking for a new 7-seater MPV.

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Outside, the Xpander continues to reflect the very DNA of modern Mitsubishi design: the Dynamic Shield. Projecting the balance of power, performance, and protection, from the front all the way to the sides and rear, the Xpander Cross is an attractive MPV - not too wide, higher-off-the-ground, and sleeker-looking than others in its segment.

Pieces to identify the Cross are the addition of a protective skid plate on the bottom part of the front bumper, LED headlights and foglights, wheel arch moldings and side body garnish, new-design 17-inch alloy wheels, and functional roof rails.

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The Xpander Cross has added bits of luxury as well. Black and brown accents dominate the length of the dashboard, with the seats covered in plush dual-tone leather. Placed at the center is a 7-inch infotainment system that also serves as the display for the reverse camera.

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Given that it has the capacity to seat 7, MMPC made sure to equip power outlets for everyone, whether they are seated in front, the middle, and even in the third-row seats. There is also an abundance of storage spaces and cubby holes where passengers can stow their belongings without having to worry about cluttering the cabin.

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The versatility of the Xpander Cross is best highlighted by its seating and cargo capabilities. All seats can be configured into different positions to accommodate both seating and space requirements. In order to give owners more flexibility, both the second and third rows can be folded flat and with no gaps for longer and larger cargo needs.

Powering the Xpander Cross is a 1.5-liter DOHC 16-valve MIVEC engine. It produces 105 PS with 141 Nm of torque and is connected to a four-speed automatic transmission. With its increased ground clearance – now at a class-leading 225mm – Mitsubishi fit specially tuned suspension parts that allow the Expander Cross to traverse challenging terrains without sacrificing comfort.

"With the tagline 'Live Extra' the Xpander Cross challenges Filipino families to break away from the regular work-to-home routine and live life to the fullest. Now with class-leading high ground clearance and robust design, the Xpander Cross enables its owners to explore more adventurous terrains," adds Alvin Dalida, MMPC first vice president for Marketing and Sales Division.

The Xpander Cross retails for PhP 1,225,000 and is available in four colors, namely White Pearl, Sterling Silver Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic, and Sunrise Orange Metallic.