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Mitsubishi Xpander name confirmed for new MPV

August 15, 2017

Mitsubishi has confirmed the name for its new MPV-SUV thing, called the Xpander. It makes its world debut at the Indonesian International Auto Show in Jakarta.

The Xpander, which sounds like the name of some TV-order stretchy pants for fat people, is the Japanese company’s new MPV which will go on sale in Indonesia. It will also be built in Mitsubishi’s new factory in West Java.

Standing 4475mm in length and 1750mm wide and 1700mm tall, the Xpander is about 100mm longer than the ASX small SUV, yet 60mm narrower and 60mm taller. It also offers 205mm of ground clearance, which is 10mm more than the ASX.

As you can probably guess, the new model is more of a tall-riding MPV than an SUV. And it offers seating for seven and a cabin that Mitsubishi claims is larger than rivals in this class. It also offers no less than 16 bottle holders around the cabin, and uses a 60:40 folding second row and 50:50 third row.

The company says the Xpander was designed by the local customers. Tsunehiro Kunimoto, corporate vice president, Design Division, said, “I simply turned their thoughts, needs and desires into shapes.”

Power comes from a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 77kW (105PS), which is sent through a front-wheel drive system via either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. There is no all-wheel drive option.

Mitsubishi is planning to build around 80,000 of these MPVs per year, with plans to expand into other Southeast Asian markets from early next year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.