Up close with the 2021 Mitsubishi Xpander facelift, now with CVT and EPB
CY Foong · Nov 12, 2021 02:30 PM
The Mitsubishi Xpander is one of Indonesia’s most popular cars and early this week, the 7-seater crossover was given a facelift. It’s the second update following the Xpander’s debut at the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS).
Available with 7 variants in Indonesia, the new 2021 Mitsubishi Xpander facelift is more than just a sharper-looking SUV/MPV. It also gets a new CVT gearbox which replaces the 4-speed automatic transmission that is a bit of a deal-breaker for some of us at the office.
But before we get further into the powertrains, let’s take a closer look at what else is new in the Xpander facelift, courtesy of our sister site, AutoFun Indonesia.
On display at GIIAS 2021 is the Ultimate variant, the top-of-the-line trim of the Xpander range in Indonesia, and is priced from IDR 273 million (~RM 80,000). It’s likely that the incoming Malaysian-spec update could be similar to this variant.
On the outside, the Xpander facelift gets a refreshed front fascia with a redesigned “Dynamic Shield” front grille. Even the headlights are new with a T-shape design along with a revised bumper.
The rear has also been redesigned and the T-shape element continues in the taillights. Overall, the Xpander facelift makes the crossover look as fresh as its rivals, the all-new Honda BR-V and the all-new Toyota Avanza.
Inside, the update continues with a redesigned dashboard that features a new 8-inch infotainment display (the Malaysian Xpander gets a larger 9-inch unit with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity), a redesigned instrument display, and a new digital AC.
The pre-facelift Xpander is already the king (or queen) of practicality and this latest update adds more convenience with a rear armrest with cup holders, and a pair of USB ports on the rear console for the second row.
These changes aside, the new Xpander gets a new CVT automatic in lieu of the 4-speed automatic transmission along with an electric parking brake (EPB). Aside from this new transmission, the crossover retains the same 1.5-litre MIVEC engine (105 PS/141 Nm) and is available in Indonesia with a 5-speed manual transmission on lower variants.
Despite the new-fangled design and a more modern transmission, the updated Xpander is still lacking in the safety department. Even the top Ultimate variant comes with only 2 airbags for the front occupants and the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) suite is absent unlike its main rivals, the Avanza and BR-V.
Closer to home, the pre-facelift Xpander is quite a favourite both in the office and among Malaysians. However, if you’re looking forward to the updated crossover’s arrival here, you might have to wait longer. So, watch this space.