Mitsubishi Xpander Receives 4-star Safety Rating by ASEAN NCAP
The ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) has revealed its crash test result for the Mitsubishi Xpander. And considering its onboard safety features, this seven-seater crossover MPV has managed to secure a four-star safety rating.
The Mitsubishi Xpander is an affordable seven-seater crossover MPV that was launched in March this year in the Philippines and reportedly, it is doing well in terms of sales. Meanwhile, the vehicle has received a safety rating from the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) which seems adequate.
The ASEAN NCAP conducted a crash test on the Mitsubishi Xpander and ultimately awarded it a 4-star safety rating. The Mitsubishi Xpander scored a total of 71.66 points out of 100, riding on the individual score of 39.08 points for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), 18.69 points for Child Occupant Protection (COP), and 13.89 points for Safety Assist Technologies (SATs).
What prevented it from achieving a 5-star rating was the markdown for the lack of side airbags, blind spot monitoring, or lane departure warning. The other safety features, however, include ABS along with electronic brake force distribution, vehicle immobilizer, ISOFIX, and electronic door locks. The model which was subjected to the test featured dual airbags and a seatbelt reminder as standard. It also came with the optional "Emergency Stop Signal".
Earlier, another car from Mitsubishi, the Eclipse Cross was put through its paces by the ASEAN NCAP, which awarded a five-star rating to the vehicle.
Talking about the specs of the Mitsubishi Xpander, it has a 1.5-liter engine at the helm producing 105bhp at 6000rpm and 141Nm peak torque at 4,000rpm. The power is channeled to the front wheels using 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox.
The Mitsubishi Xpander is available in four variants in the Philippines. The GLX MT and the GLX Plus AT models are priced at PHP885,000 and PHP960,000 respectively, whereas the GLS AT and the GLS Sport AT models cost PHP995,000 and PHP1,060,000 respectively.
Up until now, the Mitsubishi Xpander locked horns with the Honda BR-V in the compact SUV market. But now, it has a new competitor, the Toyota Rush, which launched earlier this month. The latter was also crash tested by the ASEAN NCAP and has secured a 5-star rating. So it seems, the Mitsubishi Xpander has to be extra careful to stay afloat in the competition.