The Mitsubishi Xpander was one of the company’s best-selling models in 2018. Now, the Japanese carmaker aims to capitalize on the hot sales of its multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) and minivan by creating a crossover version of the Xpander.
Dubbed Xpander Cross, this new offering from Mitsubishi Motors is a hybrid between a crossover and a compact minivan. It can easily accommodate up to seven occupants in comfort and it is flexible enough to suit the cargo needs of its owner – the main strength of a minivan. At the same time, it features exterior styling similar to that of a crossover.
It seems that Mitsubishi is admitting that crossovers and SUVs now dominate the global automotive market. The carmaker wants to capitalize on that demand by bestowing crossover elements to its best-selling minivan.
For instance, the new Xpander Cross has grown 1.97 inches (50 mm) wider than the Xpander, giving the crossover minivan a wider stance. In addition, the new Xpander Cross is blessed with crossover-style wide wheel arches, 17-inch alloy rims, larger-profile tires, as well as a larger skid plate on the lower bumper. Lighting is provided by LED (light emitting diode) headlamps and positioning lights, as well as large LED front fog lamps integrated into the bumper.
Moreover, Mitsubishi’s latest creation features door garnishes as well as silver colored roof rails for extra cargo capacity. It boasts ground clearance of 8.86 inches (225 mm), which is 0.8 inch (20 mm) higher than a standard Xpander. This allows the new Xpander Cross to tackle a wide variety of terrain without losing the spaciousness that minivans are known for.
Inside, the new Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is designed to accommodate seven occupants in three rows. The second row features a 60:40 split while the third row comes with a 50:50 split. Interestingly, both rows can be folded down for a large flat cargo area. Moreover, passengers in the second row can fold the armrest down to stow away longer loads. That's minivan flexibility!
Serving as the core of the new Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is the carmaker’s 4A91 1.5-liter gasoline engine, which can be mated to either a 4-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual gearbox. According to the company, improvements were made to ensure that the new Xpander Cross is quieter and more fuel efficient.
Mitsubishi will commence sales of the Xpander Cross this month. Let's see if this new offering from the Japanese carmaker will appeal to those who hate minivan styling.
(Via Mitsubishi Motors)