Launched in July last year, the Xpander Cross isn’t just an accessorized top-of-the-line version of Mitsubishi Motor Philippines Corp.’s hot-selling MPV.
It rides higher than the other variants—225 mm or 20 mm additional and class-leading ground clearance—and sports 17-inch alloy wheels (instead of the usual 16-inch set). This means more confidence when wading through flooded streets or negotiating bad roads.
It’s also a bit larger giving passengers more room inside, which by the way offers more premium interior appointments. Aside from subtle exterior design improvements, the Cross variant offers additional safety features like stability and traction controls.
These upgrades that elevates its overall package to an almost mid-SUV level are enough to convince C! Magazine to bestow its Best Compact Carrier Award for the year 2021 to the Xpander Cross.
“The Compact Carrier class is a category of cars that aims to provide the conveniences of a Multi-Purpose Vehicle at a very affordable price. All the vehicles in the nomination are excellent vehicles, but the reason why the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross wins is because it is able to masterfully provide said conveniences while exuding an experience that is elevated. It is a mechanically sound vehicle that chooses its engine and transmission wisely while delivering an enjoyable driving experience. When it comes to the standard equipment, the Mitsubishi Xpander can provide everything that a customer would want and then more. When everyone else is a vehicle that is value for money, the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross delivers the best deal for the compact Carrier segment,” explained Nicolas A. Calanoc, Executive Editor of C! Magazine.
The C! Magazine Awards is now on its 17th year of paying tribute to the automotive industry by recognizing and awarding the very best rides that were sold and tested by the magazine’s team of experts.
Powered by a 1.5L MIVEC engine, the Xpander Cross can delivers reliable performance but without sacrificing fuel efficiency. It’s readily identified from its siblings through added exterior flares such as protective lower bumper skid plate, LED headlights and fog lamps, roof rails and wheel arch molding with side body garnish. It offers versatile seat configuration to accommodate different space or seat requirements. The second and third row seats are capable of folding flat and with no gaps to accommodate large cargo load. All of these are combined with a luxurious interior design dominated by black with brown accents on the dashboard, as well as on the leather seat covers that provide a sporty yet premium feel.
Through the Mitsubishi Year End Specials promo, the Xpander Cross can be driven home for as low as 78,000 All-in Down Payment. To know more about the Xpander Cross, you may visit www.mitsubishi-motors.com.ph or schedule an appointment with your preferred dealer.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.