There are several ways for a manufacturer to spruce up an outgoing model. They can either slash off the prices or give it a special edition to attract more customers. In the case of Mitsubishi, they went for the latter for the Xpander.
With an all-new Xpander out by 2022, Mitsubishi decided it was time for their compact MPV to get a new edition, a Black Edition, to be exact. They didn't just do that for the standard model, either. The high-riding Xpander Cross gets the same treatment too.
As one would expect from a car with a Black Edition tag, these limited-run Xpander and Xpander Cross models get gloss black highlights all over the exterior. Both of them get their grilles, wheels, side mirror caps, and chrome trimmings finished in gloss black. These also come with Rockford Fosgate Black Edition badges on their respective tailgates.
The color choices are both expected and surprising. For the Xpander, the standard color is black but you can also get it in pearl while. However, it's a different story for the Xpander Cross. Ironically, it's not available in black. Instead, the color choices for it is dark gray (Graphite Gray Metallic in Mitsubishi-speak) and pearl white.
If you haven't figured it out by now, both these special edition models get Rockford Fosgate audio systems standard. That said, the subwoofer does take up some cargo space at the back, but at least it still has the hidden storage box under the floor. Exclusive to the Xpander Cross Rockford Fosgate Black Edition (Quite the mouthful, isn't it?) is a surround-view camera to make parking a little bit easier.
You won't find any changes under the hood of these seven-seaters. They still use the familiar 1.5-liter MIVEC engine that's good for 105 PS and 141 Nm of torque. That said, the Black Edition models are available with five-speed manuals, at least in Indonesia. It's also worth pointing out that the Xpander Cross comes standard with cruise control.
Since our Xpander and Xpander Cross variants also come from Indonesia, there's a strong chance these limited-edition models will land in the Philippines. After all, they did the same for the Montero Sport a few years ago. The best part is, these models are exempt from the safeguard bond because of their country of origin, but that's only if Mitsubishi Motors Philippines decides to add these variants to the local line-up.