• The Xpander uses a 1.5-litre engine with power outputs of 77kW and 141Nm.
• There are only two models in the local range with a starting price of R299 995.
• Fuel consumption is rated at 6.9-litres and 7.0-litres/100km.
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Mitsubishi has reservations to take the local market by storm with the introduction of their new Xpander seven-seater.
There are two models available in the local line-up, both of which feature a MIVEC-equipped 1.5-litre engine that produces 77kW and 141Nm. Pricing starts from R299 995 for the manual and increases to R319 995 for the automatic derivative.
The Japanese brand claims a fuel consumption of 6.9-litres/100km and 7.0-litres/100km, respectively.
New kid on the block
Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA), says: "The way in which other markets have reacted to the Xpander, as well as the host of awards it has won, is nothing short of impressive. We are, understandably, very excited to be able to add the Xpander to our local line-up of Mitsubishi products as we believe local buyers will embrace it with the same enthusiasm."
Manual versions come standard with a 15-inch alloy, while the automatic derivative has 16-inch. Other standard inventory is the presence of daytime running lights.
The 'Omotenashi' inspired interior features full automatic air-conditioning, electric windows all round, USB port in the front, 120 Watt power sockets, multifunction steering wheel with Bluetooth voice control, a multi-information display and a rear-view camera.
The second and third row seats have a 60/40 split, while the third row of seats can be folded flat.
Some of the safety features include driver and front passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
The Xpander comes with a three-year or 100 000km manufacturer's warranty, a two-year or 30 000km service plan and also inclusive of a five-year or unlimited mileage roadside assistance.