Late in 2019, Mitsubishi revealed the Xpander Cross and it might be coming to South Africa.
Touted as a 'family-friendly crossover MPV', the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is a fresh and modern product which will be going up against things like the Toyota Rush and Honda BR-V, if it arrives in South Africa.
The new Xpander Cross was launched in Indonesia last year and has since also gone on sale in the Philippines and Thailand in March 2020 and it's proving to be popular and Mitsubishi has now launched the model in Vietnam.
But what about South Africa? Well, in November 2019, we reported that the Xpander Cross would be introduced in South Africa based on this comment from Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, “Mitsubishi Motors South Africa started with the homologation process in preparation of the imminent launch of this vehicle in SA.”
However, while the local introduction of the Xpander Cross has been delayed, possibly due to the impact of Covid-19, it appears that it's still on the cards. Campbell recently commented, "The addition of the Xpander Cross to our lineup later, will offer new experiences for dynamic and energetic customers in South Africa." He further added, "We are investigating the all-new Xpander Cross for South Africa to a wider range of customers who are looking for style, ruggedness and practicality."
Powered by a 1.5-litre motor and mated to a choice of either manual or automatic transmission, the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is claimed to be the quietest vehicle in its class. Outputs are rated at 77 kW and 141 Nm. Despite it lacking 4x4 ability, the vehicle still boasts impressive ground clearance of 225 mm.
The Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is a 7-seater with practicality in mind. The 2nd and 3rd row of seats can be folded down to create a large storage area. In terms of features, Mitsubishi claims its Xpander Cross features a steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment, cruise control, programmable exterior lighting to offer features such as Welcome and Coming Home illumination, comfort flasher and headlamp auto-off, high-contrast colour instrument cluster and best-in-class air conditioning with highly effective cooling.
We will keep you updated as soon as more details such as arrival dates, specification and local pricing becomes available.
The cabin area of the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross