Mitsubishi is making a lot of noise about its latest crossover-MPV, the Xpander Cross. After all, it is the newest car in their range besides the Montero Sport GT 4WD. However, there is one more car that they quietly updated, and that's the standard Xpander.
You may have seen a few of them on the road already, but you might not have noticed the changes made to the MPV. So what's new for 2021 (or late 2020)? Here's the run-down.
Perhaps the most noticeable change made to the Xpander is the grille. Gone are the slats on its nose, replaced by a pair of slats. For the GLS, the new grille has a chrome finish while the GLX has it painted in gloss black.
Less noticeable is what Mitsubishi did to the headlights. It looks the same as before, and you'd think there's nothing new with them. But if you take a closer look, the lights in the GLX Plus are smoked, replacing the multi-reflectors from last year's model. As for the GLS, it no longer has halogens, as it has come with brighter LED units.
The wheels of the 2020 Xpander look similar to first-release models, but they are new this year. Gone are the 10-spoke alloys, replaced by a five-spoke look. It's still a two-tone finish, but Mitsubishi has halved the spoke count for the facelift. Both the GLX Plus and GLS wear the same rims. That means there's little to distinguish the two from the outside aside from chrome bits here and there.
Variants reshuffled, prices go up
But the most significant change to the Xpander isn't found on or in the car itself. Mitsubishi reshuffled the variants for the 2020 model and increased the prices. For the Xpander range, the GLS Sport has been dropped, which trims down the variants to three models. It starts with the GLX M/T, followed by the GLX Plus A/T, and the GLS A/T. The Xpander Cross effectively replaces the GLS Sport as the top-spec model.
As for prices, gone are the days wherein you can get an Xpander for less than Php 1,000,000. The base Xpander now starts at Php 1,008,000, and the mid-spec now retails for Php 1,088,000. As for the GLS, it's now Php 1,128,000. The price increases are marginal, but it's an increase nonetheless.
So that's everything new with the Mitsubishi Xpander. With subtle changes made, is the price bump justified? It does get a bit of a refresh, and the top-spec model finally benefits from better headlights. So, in some ways, a small price increase is justified. Of course, it's up to you if the Xpander is still a good value buy. After all, it wasn't that long ago when you can drive one home for less than Php 1 million.
*The Mitsubishi Xpander in the photos above is the GLX Plus variant
**Quartz White is an additional Php 15,000