August 31, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2022 Mitsubishi Xpander GLS

Tweaking the best-selling MPV in the country

The updated and facelifted 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander GLS now incorporates the best parts from the raised Cross variant which is essentially the uprated suspension with 20 mm more travel than the previous models for a very useable 225 mm height of ground clearance combined with newly designed 17” x 6.5J two-tone 5-spoke alloys wrapped with 205/55R17 91V Hankook Ventus Prime 3 tires. The new Xpander Cross also has its own updates that include a larger infotainment system and a sportier interior trim to match the more pseudo-adventurous exterior treatment (the new Cross exterior only  gets a new black metallic grille and silver-painted accents on the side moldings).

Our test unit came in Quartz White Pearl combined with a full presentation of optional body panel accessories that include a new front air dam (P31,550.00), side air dam (P31,525.00), rear air dam (P29,910.00), tail gate spoiler (P13,440.00), and embossed hood moniker emblem (P4,315.00). 

The modest power and compliant suspension performs on par with the old Cross but with improved interior and exterior features. I still reckon a 6-speed or more transmission would have improved drivability and fuel economy even further though. As it stands, the Mitsubishi Xpander GLS is a winner for both the brand and for consumers. The new Mitsubishi Xpander sports a new front fascia, featuring a black metallic radiator grille and the new signature T-shaped headlights with restyled LED daytime running lights (DRL) and turn signals. The new rear design adopts the homogeneous T-shape taillight into the reshaped bumper, together with its tailgate garnish and glass. The front fog lamps are halogen however, we wish they were already LED on the GLS variant.

The interior now has more generous padded soft surfaces for improved comfort, a new dashboard, better aesthetics, and sound insulation. The infotainment system has also been upgraded with a sharper and more comprehensive 7-inch Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA-3) touchscreen system with both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto that has a guided rear parking camera and 6-speakers. The GLS variant comes with an Electronic Parking Brake with Brake Auto Hold function, start/stop ignition, higher contrast instrument gauges, Emergency Stop Signal System, additional Active Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, and Brake Assist. 

In place of the manual rotary climate controls is a new digital touchscreen A/C panel, while the front console has been converted into a larger capacity open tray while still having a 12V outlet and USB port. In the second row there are two rear USB ports, 1 TYPE-A and 1 TYPE-C embedded on the back of the front center console. The rear a/c control is handled manually with a traditional and effective blower on a long battery of ceiling vents like before. The excellent new fully adjustable leather wrapped steering wheel has remote infotainment controls as well as cruise control. There is an additional storage tray underneath the front passenger seat and a very usable comparted rear wet storage area beneath the trunk panel cover. All the seats have a new design pattern. The fairly large center armrest in the second row makes two passenger seating extra comfortable while still retaining its adjustable 60:40 bench split that can slide fore and aft for easy access to the 50:50 split third row as well as to optimize storage and seating comfort for both rear rows that can be folded flat for maximum rear storage.

The new Mitsubishi Xpander model series starts at PhP 1,050,000 with the 5-speed manual transmission GLX model, in 5 color options; Quartz White Pearl (GLS only), Graphite Gray Metallic, Jet Black Mica (GLX only), Red Metallic (GLS only), and Blade Silver Metallic.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4, 1499 cc, dohc 16V, Multipoint Injection, MIVEC, 4-Speed AT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 105 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 104 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

Performance

Top Speed 182 km/h (114 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 11.2 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 19.34 km/L overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,180,000.00
What's Great Versatile, efficient, practical and solid packaging, quite comfortable with 6-passengers with room for storage.
What's Not So Due for substantial updating, would be even better with a 6-speed automatic and electrified assistance, still uses drum rear brakes.
C! Editors Rating 9/10
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