We informed you earlier that the Japanese automaker, Mitsubishi is planning to introduce the Eclipse Cross and the Xpander Crossover MPV in the Indian market. The Mitsubishi Xpander is a low-cost MPV, which is designed and developed for emerging markets like Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. The MPV was first unveiled at the 2017 GIIAS and is currently on sale in select international markets. The company has also launched a sportier and rugged looking Xpander Cross in Indonesia.
Previous media reports suggest that the Xpander MPV is being considered for the Indian market. In fact, the MPV could be locally developed at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s plant in India. Powering the MPV is a EURO IV-compliant 4A91 1.5-litre MIVEC four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 105PS of power and 141Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. Mitsubishi will need to upgrade this engine to meet the BSVI emission norms for the Indian market.
Dimensionally, the new Mitsubishi Xpander is 4,475mm, 1,750mm and 1,700mm in length, width and height respectively. It comes with a wheelbase of 2,775mm and offers an impressive ground clearance of 205mm. The crossover-MPV offers a maximum luggage carrying capacity of 1,630-litres. If it arrives in our market, the new Xpander could be priced around Rs 10-11 lakh. This could be a great competitor to the likes of Suzuki Ertiga and the Mahindra Marazzo.
The Mitsubishi Xpander is based on Mitsubishi’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ design that we have already seen on new Outlander. Some of the design highlights include signature X-shaped radiator grille, sharp looking full LED headlamps, L-shaped tail-lights with LED detailings, sculpted wheel arches, floating roof, blacked-out D pillar and large greenhouse area.