New 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander – Capability and Stability Tests. After being accidentally leaked at its own financial presentation, Mitsubishi Motors has decided to unveil the refreshed 2022 Xpander in full just before its public debut at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show or GIIAS.
The revised Xpander features the newest iteration of the Dynamic Shield face which, together with the three-dimensional skid plate, visually lowers its center of gravity. The changes are capped off by T-shaped headlights with LED lighting as well as LED lighting at the back as well. For high-trim models, the Xpander also adopts 17-inch alloy wheels with a two-tone design.
The new front and rear ends extend the overhangs by 75 mm and 45 mm, respectively to give the Xpander more balanced proportions. Furthermore, the ride height has been increased by 15 to 20 mm to 220 to 225 mm (trim depending).
As for body color, a new shade, Blade Silver Metallic has been added.
For the higher trim levels, the interior features a horizontally sculpted instrument panel that provides a feeling of spaciousness. The steering wheel is new with an optimized grip size and shape for easier driving. Moreover, the quality of the interior space is upgraded by using soft pads with synthetic leather and real stitching for the armrest and door trim. Other new features include an air conditioning panel with a LCD panel that make it easy to check the fan level and temperature settings at a glance, and a high contrast meter display with new graphic design.
For an even more comfortable interior, the convenient storage space is further enhanced for greater ease-of-use. The center console is redesigned with a large-capacity open tray to easily hold a smartphone, and an armrest that can store four 600-milliliter plastic bottles is newly added for convenience.
To enhance comfort in the rear seats, Type-A and Type-C USB charging outlets are installed on the back of the center console for models equipped with armrests, and cup holders are newly added to the armrest of the second-row seats.
Mechanically, the 2022 Xpander ditches the 4-speed automatic for a CVT gearbox. This allows the entry-level MPV to realize better fuel efficiency and quietness. A built-in shift logic kicks in when the accelerator is deeply depressed giving the driver to “feel the acceleration.” The engine remains the tried-and-tested 1.5-liter (4A91) with 105 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque.
Another new change is the adoption of an electric parking brake or EPB. Together with a new auto hold function, it reduces the burden on drivers in stop-and-go traffic, further enhancing comfort.
For the suspension, the rigidity of the front strut mounting part is improved, and the cylinder size of the rear shock absorber is expanded, while high-performance valves are newly adopted at both the front and rear to provide a smooth and comfortable ride.
Mitsubishi has confirmed that the refreshed 2022 Xpander will be manufactured at Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Indonesia. It will make its market debut first in Indonesia with other markets, including the Philippines to follow.
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