Mitsubishi Xpander and Xpander Cross hybrids launched in Thailand

TOKYO: New hybrid variants of the Mitsubishi Xpander and Xpander Cross crossover MPVs have been launched in Thailand.

The hybrid models are produced at the Laem Chabang Plant of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co Ltd.

The Xpander is a crossover MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) that combines the comfort and versatility of an MPV with the bold styling and road performance of an SUV.

After its debut in Indonesia in 2017, it was subsequently rolled out in the Asean region, Latin America, the Middle East, and other markets, with the Xpander Cross added in 2019 as the top variant of the series.

Driving the growth of the company as a global strategic model, the Xpander series sold over 130,000 units globally in fiscal year 2022, which was third-highest of all Mitsubishi models behind the Triton (sold as the L200 in some countries and regions) and Outlander.

The newly-added hybrid models combine Mitsubishi Motors' trademark electrification and all-wheel control technologies to raise the appeal of the Xpander series to another level.


Newly developed based on the brand's plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), the hybrid system delivers an eco-friendly and exhilarating driving experience unique to electrified vehicles.

In addition, Active Yaw Control and other all-wheel control technologies complement the two-wheel drivetrain to enable safe, secure driving at will, and a variety of drive modes provide optimal driving on any road surface and in any weather condition.

Moreover, drivers can actively choose EV (electric vehicle) driving. There are seven newly developed drive modes for EV driving.

The seven newly developed drive modes comprise two modes for EV driving and five modes for optimal drive control according to road conditions.

Two drive modes are provided for drivers to be able to choose EV driving at will, according to the situation. EV Priority mode drives the motor on power from the battery without activating the engine.

If remaining battery is low, switching to Charge mode enables charging so that EV driving can be enjoyed again.


The other five drive modes deliver optimal handling and driving force according to road conditions.

Based on a front, two-wheel drive system, various controls are integrated together – the Active Yaw Control (AYC), which controls the braking force between the left and right front wheels; traction control,

which controls driving force when front wheel slippage is detected; acceleration control, which adjusts the output of the motors and engine during acceleration; and steering control, which adjusts steering response according to the speed range and road conditions.

Normal mode is well-balanced for everyday driving, Tarmac mode offers nimble driving and precise handling on winding roads, Gravel mode reduces skidding and delivers secure handling on unpaved roads,

Mud mode achieves powerful road handling even on muddy, rough roads, and Wet mode reduces tire slippage and provides high stability even in heavy rains.

The newly developed hybrid system features EV driving, hybrid driving and regenerative braking.


When starting and driving at low speeds, the vehicle is powered by the motor using electricity from the drive battery alone for EV driving.

The system switches to hybrid driving when driving uphill or accelerating to run using the motor with electricity generated by the engine as well as power from the drive battery.

Hybrid driving also kicks in when driving at high speeds to run using the engine with assistance from the motor.

Because the engine starts smoothly, drivers can enjoy the smooth, comfortable ride of motor drive even during hybrid driving.

During deceleration, kinetic energy is recovered from regenerative braking and converted into electric power, which is then stored in the drive battery.

The new hybrid system delivers the smooth yet powerful acceleration with good response that is characteristic of an electrified vehicle.

A generator and a motor with a maximum output of 85kW are combined with a 1.6L petrol engine, along with a dedicated drive battery developed particularly for these models.


Thanks to the powerful electric motor and battery output, torque kicks in swiftly when starting and the acceleration has good response when stepping on the pedal, thereby helping drivers smoothly change lanes on highways and merge after U-turns on city streets.

The newly developed 1.6 L DOHC 16-valve MIVEC engine adopts a high expansion ratio cycle (Atkinson cycle) to achieve a higher level of combustion efficiency while also incorporating the first electric water pump ever used in a Mitsubishi Motors engine to reduce mechanical loss.

This improves the stand-alone fuel economy of the engine by around 10% compared to the gasoline engine CVT model while also improving the fuel consumption by approximately 34% in urban driving in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test procedure, and approximately 15% in urban and extra-urban driving combined.

The interior features an 8-inch color liquid crystal display (LCD) meter, with a variety of information displayed on the screen for even greater ease of use.

Information particular to an hybrid is shown, such as the power meter that indicates Eco, Power, and Charge statuses in sync with accelerator control, in addition to energy flow, EV driving efficiency and remaining battery.

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When switching drive modes, the selected mode is shown as a graphic in the center of the display to make it more intuitively easy to select between drive modes even while driving.

According to preferences, the screen can either be set to enhanced mode with an advanced feel, or to classic mode which replicates an analog gauge configuration.

An even more comfortable cabin space for driving with family and friends, plus a dedicated exterior accent for a distinctive look

The Xpander and Xpander Cross HEV models deliver powerful, quiet motor drive thanks to the hybrid system that prioritizes EV driving.

Also, sound absorbing and soundproofing materials have been added to key locations on the vehicle to keep the interior quiet not only during EV driving but also when the engine activates during acceleration or when driving at high speeds, allowing for conversations to continue stress-free in the passenger cabin.


To accommodate the hybrid system, the drive battery has been positioned under the floor of the front seats, thereby maintaining the Xpander series' top-class, three-row interior space that is roomy enough for seven passengers, despite its body size that is easy to maneuver in city driving.

The flooring of the engine compartment and around the battery has been changed, and the battery has been enclosed by front side members and front crossmember for protection, resulting in the improvement of body rigidity.

The exterior features hybrid badges on the front grille and liftgate, plus "Hybrid EV" badges on the front doors, while blue accent color has been added to the lower part of the front side as well as the side garnishes, rear bumper, and wheels.

White Diamond was newly added as a body color to express the clean character of an electrified vehicle with its rigid yet luminous and vivid color, joining Blade Silver Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic and Jet

Black Mica in the lineup of color options. For the Xpander Cross HEV model, Green Bronze Metallic is also available.

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