Mitsubishi Indonesia launches refreshed MPV
Mitsubishi is wasting no time rolling out its refreshed contender that will take on the likes of the XL7, BR-V, and the Veloz.
After teasing the model prior to its launch, the 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross has been revealed in Indonesia, sporting more subtle crossover styling and a host of new interior features.
For starters, the Xpander Cross follows the Xpander's size increase, and now measures 4595mm long, 1790mm wide, and 1750mm high. Ground clearance, on the other hand, remains at 225mm.
Design-wise, the refreshed model gets a new front grille and bumper design which features less body cladding. Like the Xpander, it also has the new T-shape headlights, while the LED foglamps have been repositioned and follow a rectangular shape instead of the round ones in the pre-facelift model.
The sides now feature thinner overfenders, and the back likewise gets a new bumper design with its reflectors now placed in a horizontal position. Lastly, the Xpander Cross rolls on a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels.
As expected from the teaser, the updated Xpander Cross has a new 8-inch LCD instrument cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the MPV has adopted the four-spoke steering wheel of the Montero Sport and added wireless charging, digital climate control, and an electronic parking brake with auto brake hold function on its list of interior amenities.
The MPV also has the refreshed Xpander's under-seat luggage trays, plus cupholders on the 2nd-row armrest and USB ports.
As for its engine, it retains the 1.5-liter, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder MIVEC unit that puts out 105 PS and 141 Nm of torque. For Indonesia, the Xpander Cross is offered in either a 5-speed manual variant or a CVT. We're yet to see whether the latter will be offered locally since the Xpander still comes with a 4-speed auto.
Safety-wise, Lancer Evolution fans will be surprised the Xpander Cross has Active Yaw Control (AYC) that manages the driving and braking forces between the left and right wheels. In addition, ABS and EBD together with Active Stability Control are included on the MPV's list of standard safety features.
Meanwhile, the Xpander Cross has cruise control, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, and a 360-degree around-view monitor among its list of driver assist systems.
Now that the refreshed Mitsubishi Xpander Cross has been launched in our ASEAN neighbor, then we could expect a Philippine launch later in the year or even early next year.