The compact MPV segment welcomes a new contender in the form of an all-new MPV from Mitsubishi. The Japanese automaker dubs their latest vehicle as one that combines SUV toughness with MPV roominess.
The MPV remains faithful to the XM Concept which was shown during last year's Philippine International Motor Show. At the front are high-mounted slim daytime running lights which then merges with the brand's signature 'Dynamic Shield' grill. Also transitioning into production are the concept's unique headlight treatment. Giving the MPV an SUV look is a faux skid plate at the front apron. Rounding up the front section of the car are squared-off fenders, just like the ones found in the concept.
On to its side, two bold character lines can be see running through the door handles and near the bottom of the doors. Much like the concept, it retains the kinked third window with a black piece of trim which wraps around the tailgate. At the rear are pillar-mounted tail lights in the shape of an 'L'. Also standard is an integrated tailgate spoiler. As for dimensions, the next-gen MPV measures 4475 mm long, 1750 mm wide and 1700 mm tall.
Inside, the MPV incorporates a sweeping dashboard design. Also present are cubby holes near the opening of the glovebox, as well as on the doors. Meanwhile, on the center stack is an upright infotainment touchscreen and below it are the controls of the air-conditioning. Interior appointments are likely to vary per variant.
Mitsubishi claims that, with the largest dimensions in its segment, the new MPV boasts class-leading interior space and will have seven seats as standard. Once out in the market, it is set to go head-to-head with the likes of the Honda Mobilio, Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Avanza.
At the moment, only one engine option is available for Mitsubishi's latest MPV. It's a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder with MIVEC. Mitsubishi has yet to release the output rating of the said engine. As for transmission options, the Expander can be equipped with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
Curiously, Mitsubishi has yet to have an official name for their newest MPV but there have been previous reports it will eventually be called the Expander.