Caruser.net – For those who interested with the new low MPV from Mitsubishi, rumored as Expander and later revealed it was written Xpander, would have been very curious what are the pros and cons of this new MPV.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of this Mitsubishi Xpander? we would like to present any points about this new car.
Here are the strengths and weaknesses of the Mitsubishi Xpander as the first generation of a new born car in Asia. It could be your consideration to decide whether to buy the Xpander or not.
MITSUBISHI XPANDER PROS – ADVANTAGES
MPV Nuanced like an SUV: Exterior look dashing even like Pajero Sport SUV. In terms of style, this is the most masculine MPV in its class.
Charming Exterior Design: a unique dynamic Shield design with no mainstream lighting layout.
Luxury Interiors: Modern dashboard design that gives impression of spacious. It’s also supported by 2DIN or a luxurious touch screen head unit.
Largest Dimension in its class: Mitsubishi Xpander is the largest in its class, up to 28.5 cm in length and 9 cm wider than the Toyota Avanza. Read more here: Comparison of Xpander vs Competitors Dimensions.
Spacious Cabin: With the largest dimensions, Expander has the most spacious cabin, even the second row seats can be sliding to the side.
Cool and Comfortable Seats: Seats are semi-bucket, thick and soft, unlike a flat mainstream MPV or the thin Mobilio’s seats.
Highest Ground Clearance in its class: The GC of Xpander is 205 mm, let alone no axle bumps at the bottom since it’s FWD, making the cruising range better than the Avanza.
Sport Suspension: Stable but Stay comfortable, hardened as the road is flat, and becomes padded on an uneven road.
Powered by 1.5-Liter Engine: Yet no official release about the powertrain, but some medias said that maximum power will be 120 PS (118 hp) at 6,000 rpm and large torque up to 145 Nm at 4,000 rpm. This power is larger than competitors such as Avanza, Ertiga and Xenia. Some other medias said, the power will only 103 hp.
Efficient Fuel: FWD cars are theoretically more efficient than RWD cars like Avanza, because there is no power loss for power delivery to lots of RWD components.
Dual SRS Airbags on all types: No Xpander has no airbag, so this car is good enough in safety feature.
Immobilizer Locks on all Type: this anti-theft lock already exists on all types.
Double Blowers AC on all types: Unlike Xenia and Ertiga which are not equipped with double blower air conditioner in the lowest variant.
Complete Brake feature (except lowest variant): Expander has been equipped with ABS + EBD + BA feature, while Avanza has ABS only, Ertiga and Mobilio have ABS + EBD without BA.
16-inch alloy wheels on Exceed and Ultimate type: So it looks more manly.
Bluetooth Telephony Steering Swithch: There is a feature of setting the Bluetooth connection to the gadget on the button on the steering wheel.
MITSUBISHI XPANDER CONS – DEFICIENCY
Front Wheel Drive (FWD): It’s still widely believed that FWD cars are only suitable for urban roads. But this could be just a mindset, since many other cars even SUV are using front wheel drive.
Expensive Highest Variant: Highest variant will be more competitive in SUV segment, so it is not affordable by low-MPV consumers. So for those who only has $15,000, cannot afford the dashing highest variant of the Xpander.
4-speed Automatic Transmission: This transmission technology is a bit behind, where now the cars have been using a 6-speed automatic transmission so the gear shift feels smoother, or a more refined CVT as in Honda Mobilio.
No Manual Variant at the Highest Type: The manual car lovers can only bite the fingers, as there is no three-pedals Expander on the highest type.
Official Workshop Network: Mitsubishi’s dealers and workshop networking is not as big as Toyota’s. Of course Toyota is still unbeatable for this matter.
Those are the plus-minus of the Mitsubishi Expander, if you have any other information, please don’t hesitate to submit your comments.
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