A Mitsubishi Xpander hybrid electric MPV is one of the several new partially or fully electric Mitsubishi cars in the pipeline. The new HEV was confirmed yesterday as part of the company’s new mid-term plan “Small but Beautiful”.
The Xpander is one of the leading models for Mitsubishi in the ASEAN region. It does its job as a people mover so convincingly that Nissan based its new Livina on it. The product strategy from FY2023 (March 2022-April 2023) involves strengthening the lineup in the ASEAN region with model refreshes and expansion.
Judging from the roadmap, the Mitsubishi Xpander hybrid will be the last major ‘intervention’ before the entry of the next-gen model. With the product roadmap showing all-new models separately, the ‘eco’ version of the current Xpander would ride on a tweaked mechanical carriage to accommodate the electrical components and sport unique touches to the exterior and interior. Expect the new Mitsubishi Xpander hybrid to launch in the second half of 2022.
The current Mitsubishi Xpander is powered by the 4A91 1.5-litre MIVEC petrol engine, a naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit that produces 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic are the transmission choices. The Mitsubishi Xpander range includes a more SUV-styled ‘Cross’ version as well, featured in the first picture.
Nissan ‘e-Power’ tech to support the Xpander Hybrid?
The current Mitsubishi Xpander is manufactured at the Bekasi plant in Indonesia since August 2017. It will be built in Vietnam as well in the future. The arrival of the new Xpander, including the first-ever Mitsubishi Xpander Hybrid, is important news for the future of the brand in South East Asia. Both standard and hybrid variants could use an enhanced version of the 4A91 1.5-litre petrol engine, with the latter featuring a single electric motor. Another option that Mitsubishi would consider, thanks to its alliance partnership, is sourcing Nissan’s e-Power series hybrid system. On the comparable Nissan Kicks e-Power SUV, the wheels are turned by the EM57 electric motor, which draws power from a 1.57 kWh lithium-ion battery that is continuously charged by the HR12DE 1.2-litre engine.