All-New Mitsubishi Xpander Debuts In Indonesia

Mitsubishi has unveiled the all-new Xpander at the Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta.

Designed to blend the ruggedness of SUVs with the practicality of MPVs, the Xpander has a bold appearance that will likely provoke some pretty strong reactions. While styling is always subjective, the model has a Dynamic Shield front fascia with high-mounted LED daytime running lights and vertical headlights.

The unique styling continues further back as designers installed prominent character lines and flared wheel arches. The model also has a gently sloping roof, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, and L-shaped LED taillights.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find a three-spoke steering wheel, metallic accents, and tasteful touches of wood trim. The seven-seater also boasts class-leading interior room as well as an “abundance” of storage compartments including 16 cup holders.

Mitsubishi was light on specifics but confirmed the Xpander will have a digital multi-information display in the instrument cluster and an infotainment system with Bluetooth and internet connectivity.

Power is provided by a 1.5-liter petrol engine which produces 105 PS (77 kW). It can be connected to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox. Regardless of which transmission is selected, all Xpander models are equipped with front-wheel drive.

The Xpander will go on sale in Indonesia this fall and pricing starts at 189,050,000 rupiah ($14,152). It will eventually be offered in other ASEAN markets in early 2018.

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  • Comp1

    Surely this is a joke? No one, not even Lexus would design something like this. Its just wrong in so many ways!

    • notthistimecobber

      Don’t speak to soon re Lexus😉😉

    • Bo Hanan

      Makes you wonder who’s in their “focus groups.”

      • Dennis James

        Poor people who need cheap but roomy cars.

        • Jp

          I would agree with you if the design was not as crazy as this one. These overly complex lines have a cost! Clearly, they wanted to do something different. But this is something else!

    • Mitsubishi Xpander

      At least I don’t look like my competitor, the Toyota Voxy, thank you very much.


      • Marty

        I think the problem is that you do look like a Voxy. 🙂

    • Kevin Tay

      It looks so much better than the Pajero, though.

  • rover10

    Bloody Nora!! What is that????

  • Dennis James

    This can’t be real, it seems that they used the mini city car platform for a 7-seater full-size SUV :))

    • Krisnadi Imam

      its mid size MPV in asian market. that would be a subcompact MPV class if it exist in north america. roughly the size of HRV, but with 7 seat.

  • S3XY

    What the actual f**k is that

  • ediotsavant

    Let’s give thanks to the powers above that this monstrosity never leaves Indonesia

    • Mitsubishi Xpander

      Well, you can’t win everyone’s opinion about me.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      “Let’s give thanks to the powers above that this monstrosity never leaves Indonesia” (In John Cena’s voice)Are you sure about that? you think this MPV will only sold in Indonesia? no……this is for the ASEAN market that includes the Philippines….

      • notthistimecobber

        Well then may god help them!

  • TrevP


  • Six_Tymes

    just when you thought car design couldn’t get worse.

  • Ilbirs

    One of the most interesting features of this minivan isn’t shown by these official pictures. The 60 and 40 parts of the second row can be split to free more space in case of child seat or the row being occupied by someone who is fatter than the average guy:

    Considering that it’s not that big (4,475 mm or 175.9 in long, 1,750 mm or 68.9 in wide and riding on a 2,775 mm or 109.2 in. wheelbase), it’s a very useful thing.

  • Blade t

    Hey its ugly ,but it’s only 14k ….

  • Christian Wimmer

    I used to live in The Philippines (similar car market conditions as in Indonesia) for a few years and cars like this are very popular due to the huge families (and not everyone wants a minivan), and I got to drive one of these types of cars – a 1995 Toyota Tamarraw with a 1.5 gasoline engine. How did it drive? Let’s just say that acceleration was painfully slow with the A/C turned off – and when you turned on the A/C you’d actually decelerate. I am serious. Slowest car I’ve ever driven.

    This car is hideous on the outside, but kinda nice-looking inside. I’m surprised that they essentially provided an affordable family SUV-thingy with what appears to be a premium interior.

    • Krisnadi Imam

      its just a pitty they only offered 4speed auto… it should have been a 5-6 speed or even CVT. it would improve the fuel economy so much

      • Christian Wimmer

        Agreed. But I guess the business case for the old 4-speed automatic is 1) low cost and 2) reliability (all the bugs and kinks worked out), so overall they will keep the cost of the car low while ensuring good dependability.

        Just a guess.

        It would be interesting to see how demanding the target market for these cars are. When I lived in The Philippines the guy who owned the Toyota Tamarraw just wanted a cheap family vehicle and didn’t care about comfort and performance. By now buyers must have become a little more demanding in terms of features and driveability.

        • Miru Tamano Dianalan

          The PH car market has grown leaps and bounds since your experience with the Tamaraw in 1995! 🙂 Hope you can visit again soon! You’ll be amazed with the Innova, the Tamaraw’s spiritual successor.

          Your observation about the car needs of the typical Filipino is pretty much spot on. I know you know about the Filipino extended family which includes grandparents and uncles and cousins, hence the need for a vehicle that can seat many.

          The Tamaraw FX is part of a dying car class called AUVs (Asian Utility Vehicle), which was succeeded by the Toyota Revo in the late 90s. This class typically seats 10, and was affordable due to the tax breaks given by the government. The AUV class reached its peak during the early-2000s, with the Mitsubishi Adventure and Isuzu Crosswind leading the pack. Top-of-the-line variants typically have leather seats, rear climate control, and more recently, touch screen controls.

          The AUV class’ popularity declined in the mid-2000s when the Philippine government removed tax breaks and the PPV (pickup based SUV) class came along. Being much larger and classier than the AUVs, PPVs like the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, and Ford Everest became family favorites.

          This decade brought about the compact MPVs such as the Nissan Grand Livina and Kia Carens, which are like wagons with a third row. The Xpander is part of the compact MPV class. The rising popularity of this class is evident with the large number of Suzuki Ertigas and Honda Mobilios plying the roads. Because of the compact dimensions of this class and sedan-like driving quality, the compact MPV has also become quite popular with the Filipino version of the soccer mom.

          The emergence of the PPV and compact MPV classes expedited the demise of the AUV, which was now deemed suitable only for country hicks and migrant workers. This will be the last year that AUVs will be sold in the Philippines.

  • Rares

    Beautiful Concept like Mitsubishi 10/10 IGN thank you mitsubishi 😉


    front driven, not rear driven

  • Karl
  • Mitsubishi Xpander

    If there’s one thing I’ve accomplished as being an MPV, is that any publicity is good publicity.

  • kachuks

    It’s almost as ugly as a Toyota.


  • Dennis Scipio
  • Gen Flauta

    Tbh I really like the exterior design, especially the front. Although if it was placed on a true crossover rather than this body style.

  • Marty
    • emjayay

      It’s copying almost every other vehicle out there. Some definite Honda stuff, some Jeep, many others. As many as could fit. The interior of what I assume is the super luxe model is nice though. I think they were looking at Volvo for that.

  • J Hod

    oh hoh the expansive cheapness and the lack of integrity. What an icon!

  • Marc Gruben

    “Bold Appearance”?? Is that what its called? I’d think “bowl appearance” is more appropriate, because that’s where I went running to after seeing this thing.

    • Marty

      ”Bold”, ”provocative”, ”divisive” etc are usually just polite ways to say ”ugly” when it comes to car design.

  • psiqtas

    Such a clearance and only FWD? What a waste of space…

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