Back in 2019, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia confirmed that they will be introducing the its first affordable 7-seater - the Xpander - in 2020.
Wait, there's a facelifted model?
Yes, a couple of weeks ago, Mitsubishi Motors Indonesia introduced the facelifted Xpander, giving its popular people mover some new features.
New features added to the Xpander include redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels, rear demister, a new head unit, 6 speakers, and a reverse camera.
Just how popular is the Xpander?
In 2019, Mitsubishi Motors Indonesia managed to sell 62,666 units of the Xpander, just slightly behind the Toyota Avanza (86,374 units).
As such, the Mitsubishi Xpander is the second best-selling MPV in Indonesia, ahead of the Honda BR-V, Suzuki Ertiga, and Honda Mobilio.
The Xpander is very spacious
Part of the reason why the Xpander is so popular is due to its interior spaciousness, as it is wider and has a longer wheelbase than its segment rivals.
With a 2,775 mm wheelbase and a 1,750 mm width, not only is the Xpander wider than the Honda BR-V and Toyota Rush/Perodua Aruz, it also offers more legroom than its key rivals.
In fact, its 2,775 mm wheelbase is enough to rival the much-bigger Toyota Innova (2,750 mm).
It is also very practical
As a result, interior space and practicality is miles ahead of the Honda BR-V and Toyota Rush/Perodua Aruz.
Furthermore, Mitsubishi has fitted the Xpander with a number of storage spaces, including a storage tray under the front passenger seat. The boot even has a two-tier boot floor.
Under the hood, a 1.5-litre MIVEC 4-cylinder petrol engine that does 105 PS and 141 Nm is offered. Depending on the market it’s sold in, the Xpander can be had with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
When will it launch in Malaysia?
Closer to home, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia is expected to introduce the Xpander in its facelifted form later this year.