As previously announced, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has unveiled an all-new compact crossover MPV at the 25th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show, which commenced on August 10 in Jakarta.
Labeled the XPANDER, Mitsubishi’s newest crossover MPV embodies the Japanese automaker’s knowhow in SUV design and offers the outstanding comfort and functionality of an MPV.
Though the XPANDER was initially said to become the successor to the Delica D:5, this was simply just a rumor. Both the body and engine of the XPANDER are much smaller and does not offer rear sliding doors unlike the Delica. The Mitsubishi XPANDER is not a minivan, which are popular in Japan, but rather a compact MPV, which are highly sought after in Indonesia’s passenger car market.
The compact MPV market in Indonesia is highly competitive with significant sales volume through contributions from the Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia, Suzuki Ertiga and the Honda Mobilio. The equivalent in Japan would be the competitive five-number minivan market involving Toyota’s Voxy, Noah and Esquire, the Nissan Serena and the Honda Stepwgn. We’ll have to wait and see how much impact the XPANDER will have on Mitsubishi’s presence in this highly competitive market.
The XPANDER will be locally assembled at Mitsubishi’s newly constructed plant in Indonesia and released next spring. Unfortunately for Japanese consumers, Mitsubishi currently has no plans of releasing the XPANDER in Japan.
Written by Takahiro Kudo
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)