Watch how your CKD 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander is made

CY Foong · Oct 28, 2020 10:30 AM

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Last week, we saw the preview of the 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander and while you can start booking for the latest arrival in budget 7-seater SUVs (not MPV), prices will have to wait.

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On the other hand, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has just officially kick-started local assembly (CKD) of the daring-looking SUV at DRB-HICOM’s Pekan plant. This production line is designed to roll out 6,000 units of the Xpander annually.

Malaysia is the third country to locally-assemble the Xpander following Indonesia and Vietnam.

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This will be assembled under a new joint venture called MMC Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Under this new joint venture between MMM and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), the Pekan plant saw the addition of an all-new body shop, painting jigs, and tester line.

The paint shop is one of the most advanced paint shops in ASEAN where the Xpander will undergo a pre-treatment and electrodeposition by a 360-degree somersault in an ED-coat tank. A layer of primer is then painted by robots and then dry-heated in an oven bay before finally being painted again.

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MMC-certified auditors are stationed at the assembly plant to oversee the same high standards and consistent quality of Mitsubishi Motors production worldwide.

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Ever since its launch in Indonesia, the Xpander and the Xpander Cross has seen total sales volume reach nearly 270,000 units by the end of September.

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While prices have yet to be announced, the Malaysian-spec Xpander is possibly the most luxurious spec of the Xpander sold in the region with LED head and tail lamps, a 360-degree camera, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.

CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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