The Suzuki XL7 will not be the only seven-seater crossover based on an MPV that will be making its official debut this month. Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has just announced that the Xpander Cross will be making its local debut soon: March 13, to be exact.
The Xpander Cross is to the Xpander in the same way that the Toyota Rush, Honda BR-V, and Suzuki XL7 are to popular MPVs such as the Avanza, Mobilio, and Ertiga, respectively. First released in Indonesia late last year, the 'SUV' version of the Xpander looks like a mini Montero Sport with its beefed-up exterior.
It gets a larger front grill, a front skid plate, black body cladding all around, black-painted wheel arches, a new rear bumper with a faux skid plate, along with roof rails. To make it more capable over uneven terrain, it gets restyled 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in larger profile tires, and a taller ground clearance of 225mm; an improvement of 20mm over the standard Xpander.
Under the hood, the 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine will power the Xpander Cross. No exact output figures of the PH-spec Xpander Cross have been released yet. However, we won't be surprised if it will still produce 105 PS with 141 Nm of torque. The model will be front-wheel drive only and will have a 4-speed auto.
We confirmed the pricing with our contacts, and the 2020 Xpander Cross will have only one variant, and will be priced at PhP 1,255,000. Given the positioning, we expect similar specs with the top spec Xpander such as dual airbags, ABS, stability control, hill start assist, a 2-DIN touchscreen audio unit with navigation, and more.
In addition, the Xpander Cross will be replacing the Xpander GLS Sport as the new top-of-the-line trim. The standard Xpander GLS Sport will be discontinued according to our contacts.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross will officially be launched to the Philippine market Friday next week.