2020 Mitsubishi Xpander open for booking in Malaysia: Nov launch, bigger than BR-V and Aruz!
Sanjay · Oct 22, 2020 10:00 AM
We have another much-awaited car to talk about this week as the locally-assembled (CKD) in Pekan 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander is now open for booking in Malaysia. Due to be officially launched in November, only one variant of the B-segment SUV is offered and prices aren't revealed yet.
Only one variant to choose
Only one variant of the Xpander is offered, but it comes with a host of features including:
LED head and tail lamps
Android Auto and Apple Car Play support
We'll cover the features further down this article.
Before we go further into the Xpander, here's a quick overview of the Xpander and its closest segment rivals, the Honda BR-V and Perodua Aruz.
The Xpander is also longer, wider and taller than all of its rivals - even boasting the longest wheelbase of them all (longer even than the Toyota Innova!). It also has a heady 205 mm ground clearance, which can prove useful in flash floods.
All of this should translate to a comfortable and spacious interior.
We're skipping the old and jumping straight to the good stuff: we're getting the facelifted Xpander!
Which means the 'Dynamic Shield' front fascia gets LED positioning lights above the blocky headlights and foglamps.
Capping off the look is a shark fin antenna on the roof, 16-inch wheels on the side and L-shaped LED combination tail lights.
Four colours are available to choose from: Diamond Black Mica, Red Metallic, Quartz White Pearl, and Titanium Grey Metallic.
First things first - yes, the massive 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto! Sound system is a 6-speaker setup.
Practicality and creature comforts is the name of the game here, and the Xpander comes with loads of places to keep your things. Pampering your rear-seat passengers are four roof-mounted air-conditioning vents.
Space is definitely not a premium here, with at least 1 tennis ball knee and headroom for the average adult. Based on our initial impressions, we found the seats to be more comfortable than either the BR-V or the Aruz thanks to better thigh support, for one.
The second- and third-row seats fold flat to give a maximum boot space of 1,630 litres. With third-row seats down, the Xpander's boot space is 495 litres.
Other than these, the Xpander also has a 4-inch digital multi-info display nestled in between the analogue dials.
Safety wise, the SUV comes with these as standard fittings:
ISOFIX child seat anchors
Anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution (ABS, EBD)
Brake assist (BA)
Active stability control (ASC)
Hill start assist (HSA)
Other stuff include a 360-degree camera and a digital video recorder (DVR, or dashcam).
Derived from the Mitsubishi Colt but tuned to fit current requirements, the Xpander is powered by a 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated MIVEC petrol engine (code: 4A91) paired to a four-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel efficiency is a claimed 7 litres/100km.
Maximum power output is 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, and it’s front-wheel drive. Power-to-weight ratio for the Xpander is a respectable 84 PS-per-tonne, slightly lesser than the BR-V's 94.6 PS-per-tonne but better than the Aruz's 74 PS-per-tonne.
Tyre sizes are 205/55R16 and stopping the Xpander are disc and drum brakes at the front and back, respectively. Suspension is handled by MacPherson struts in front and a torsion beam behind.
Pricing, warranty and after-sales
Bookings are open but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the price - as of today, official prices haven’t been released. However, we predict it to be circa RM 100,000.
Meanwhile, the Xpander comes with a 5-year/unlimited mileage warranty, and buyers can buy/service them at 52 showrooms nationwide (of which 46 are 3S centres).
If you’d like to check out the Xpander, you can refer to the table below.
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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.