Mitsubishi Xpander lands in the Philippines, deliveries to start by the end of May
To the delight of the eager fans, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has announced that the first batch of its seven-seater compact MPV from Indonesia has arrived on the Philippine shore. The deliveries are slated to commence towards the end of this month.
Earlier in March this year Mitsubishi launched its compact MPV, the Mitsubishi Xpander in the Philippines with a promise that it will be available in May 2018. And now Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) confirms that the first batch of the vehicle has made its way to the country.
The first lot of the Xpander has arrived at the Bauan International Port in Batangas. The MMPC assures the eager buyers that deliveries will start by the end of May. The slight delay in the arrival of the Xpander is due to the fact that it was shipped out of Indonesia, where Mitsubishi is scrambling to meet the exceeded demand for the vehicle.
So far, the domestic sales in Indonesia have exceeded 66,000units. And since the Xpander for the Philippines and Thailand is also required to be produced in a Mitsubishi Motors factory in Indonesia, the Japanese carmaker has decided to increase the production to 10,000units every month to handle both domestic and export demand.
The initial supply in the Philippines itself will be huge since the company has received as many as 3,800 paid bookings by the end of last month. The company says they are overwhelmed by seeing such a great response from the Filipinos.
The Mitsubishi Xpander will be available in four models in the country. 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 respectively cost PHP995,000 and PHP1,060,000.
The seven-seater Xpander is driven by a 1.5-liter engine capable of churning out 105bhp at 6000rpm and 141Nm peak torque at 4,000rpm. The power is sent over to the front wheels as it makes use of a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Mitsubishi will take on the compact SUV, the Honda BR-V in the Philippines for now, but very soon another seven-seater, Toyota Rush will be joining the fray. The Toyota Rush has recently grabbed a 5-star safety rating conducted by ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), trumping the Mitsubishi Xpander, which secured a 4-star rating.
With three 1.5-liter engine-powered cars in the arena, the seven-seater segment is poised to grow with a flourish in the country. Only remains to be seen which car amongst the trio earns the maximum love from the buyers.
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