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NEW ON THE TARMAC: Meet the all-new Mitsubishi Xpander; a new breed of lifestyle-oriented MPV

Mitsubishi’s all-new seven-seater Xpander is set to take the highly competitive South African market by storm.

Combining the traditional versatility and practicality of a multipurpose vehicle (MPV) with the rugged and sporty looks of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV), Mitsubishi’s all-new seven-seater Xpander is set to take the highly competitive South African market by storm.

“As the name suggests, the much anticipated Xpander is all about broadening one’s horizons, whether that be in terms of lifestyle choices, or family dynamics,” explains Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). “With the introduction of this very exciting addition to our line-up, we hope to strengthen our positions in both the MPV and compact SUV segments of the local market.”

The interior of the new Xpander might be all MPV, but the exterior screams SUV, so it’s equally well suited to everyday commuting, family road trips, and leisure activities. In addition, its stylish ruggedness and practicality mean you can take on a variety of terrains in confidence, without having to compromise on comfort.

There are two models in the local line-up. Both feature a 1.5-litre engine and the main difference between the two is the use of either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.

Exterior – a striking first impression

With sporty alloy wheels – 15-inch on the manual model and 16-inch of the automatic derivative – and wide flared fenders, the Xpander portrays toughness and power from the first glance. Crystal clear headlights, daytime running lights, and L-illuminated LED taillights that extend onto the tailgate add to the overall look.

The Xpander’s higher ground clearance of 205 mm is another feature that is immediately noticeable and emphasizes its sporty, but practical character.

Interior – ‘Omotenashi’ in every detail

Mitsubishi strongly believes in the principle of ‘Omotenashi’ – a Japanese word that captures the way in which Japanese hosts pay attention to detail and anticipate the needs of their guests. This approach is evident in the cabin of the all-new Xpander, which provides ample space for up to seven adults to travel in comfort and style.

The flexible seating can be configured to suit a variety of needs, ranging from carrying passengers and luggage to transporting lifestyle-focused items. The second-and third-row seats have a 60/40 split, while the seats of the third row can be folded completely flat and stowed to create additional space in the cargo area. The latter also features a floor box with a lid for the safe storage of smaller items.

Creature comforts – features to make your passengers comfy

Occupant comfort is further enhanced through full automatic air-conditioning with a manual rear overhead cooler, electric windows all round, USB port in the front, 120 Watt power sockets to supply every row of seating, and clever storage compartments under the seats to ensure that personal items are out of the way but within easy reach.

Driver comfort is ensured through a tilt and telescopic multifunction steering wheel that features Bluetooth voice control for hands-free communication and a multi-information display. The rear-view camera has a high resolution that delivers optimal visibility and a wide field of vision. 

The all-new Xpander is powered by a 1.5-litre DOHC 16-valve aluminium block engine. This spirited powerplant features Mitsubishi’s Intelligent Innovative Valve Timing Lift Electronic Control (MIVEC) system and ECI multipoint fuel injection and pushes out 77 kW at 6 000 r/min, with 141 Nm of peak torque on tap at 4 000 r/min. 

With a fuel tank of 45 litres, the average fuel consumption in a combined cycle is 6.9 litres/100 km for the manual model and 7.0 litres/100 km for the automatic derivative.

Safety – technology where it’s needed most

Befitting its status as a people carrier, the all-new Xpander features a range of innovative safety features as standard. Designed to protect not only the driver and passengers but other road users as well, these include airbags for the driver and front passenger, seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), as well as an impact-absorbing structure at the front-end of the vehicle. Additional safety for young occupants is provided through ISOFIX child seat anchors.

The Xpander also benefits from coming-home and welcome lights which enhance its overall safety, security, and practicality.

Warranty and service – added peace of mind

The new Mitsubishi Xpander is covered by a three-year/100 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and a two-year/30 000 km service plan. The price also includes five-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km/1 Year whichever comes first.


Xpander 1.5L M/T: R299 995

Xpander 1.5L A/T: R319 995


Mitsubishi Motors SA launches most stylish Pajero Sport to date

Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) is taking an upmarket approach with the launch of the latest version of the New Pajero Sport.

The Mitsubishi Pajero – first launched almost 38 years ago – is a true legend and lays claim to being the most successful vehicle in the history of the Dakar Rally, with no fewer than 12 wins, including seven consecutive victories.

More than 3.3 million Pajero derivatives have been sold world-wide since Mitsubishi first introduced the famous Pajero in 2006. 

The new Pajero Sport is extremely important to Mitsubishi Motors and it ticks all the boxes to become our hero model

– Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa

The all-new Pajero Sport was named one of the finalists in the 2019 South African Car of the Year competition.

The new “Boss of the Mitsubishi Stable” will turn heads thanks to more style and more luxury as well as various improvements thanks to Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design approach.

“The new Pajero Sport is extremely important to Mitsubishi Motors and it ticks all the boxes to become our hero model, says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. “It is important to note that Mitsubishi Motors is taking a new direction, focusing on growing market segments – and the new Pajero Sport certainly leads the way for our future.”

New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Image courtesy of Quickpic


EXTERIOR:  According to Campbell, the Dynamic Shield design, which is the new face of the Mitsubishi brand, symbolising its tough, prestigious, and legendary heritage, is clearly visible on the Pajero Sport’s front.

One of the most outstanding visual features of the new Pajero Sport is its new Dynamic Shield front grille, giving the upgraded version an enhanced, more stylish and modern look. This includes LED headlamps, daytime running lights, fog lamps and cornering lamps.  To the rear, the new Pajero Sport boasts a thicker bumper with a rear diffuser to highlight the Pajero Sport’s stable stance on the road. 

New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Image courtesy of Quickpic

ENGINES: Mitsubishi’s most stylish Pajero Sport Exceed 8-speed A/T 4×4 is powered by the proven 2.4L MIVEC DOHC Intercooled Turbodiesel, 133Kw, 430Nm engine.  It features a 68-litre fuel tank and has 218mm ground clearance.   The new Pajero Sport joins existing powertrains being the:

  • 2.4L MIVEC Turbodiesel 8-speed A/T 4×2
  • 2.4L MIVEC Turbodiesel 8-speed A/T 4×4

Make no mistake – this is a very safe, quality-built machine

– Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa

SAFETY: To help keep occupants safe, the Pajero Sport has a variety of passive safety features such as:

  • 7 airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors
  • Active stability
  • Traction control (ASTC)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency brake assist system (BAS)
  • Hill-start assist system (HAS)
  • Dusk-sensing headlights
  • Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Rear park distance control
  • Rear-view camera 

“Make no mistake – this is a very safe, quality-built machine,” says Campbell. 

New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Image courtesy of Quickpic

DRIVER FRIENDLY AND LUXURIOUS INTERIOR: Improvements have also been done to the already quality and comfortable cabin, offering a soft, luxurious feel, more leg room and elbow space, the aforementioned additional outlets and ports and the seven high-quality, comfortable leather seats.

“The Pajero Sport is our hero in the Mitsubishi line-up with a truly luxurious, yet practical interior,” says Campbell. This includes outstanding innovation and convenience with:

  • Tilt and telescopic adjustment for the steering column
  • Multi-function leather-clad steering wheel with audio and cruise control settings 
  • Bluetooth with hands-free voice control
  • 8-inch smart link display with apple car play and android auto
  • Full-colour digital instrument display
  • Automatic dual-zone air-conditioning throughout the 7-seater cabin
  • Electric windows 
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • USB and additional accessory sockets (dual USB for the rear passengers)
  • 220ac 150-watt power plug
  • Power tilt and sliding sunroof
  • Mitsubishi remote control connectivity and
  • Electronic Tailgate with Dual Kick Sensors

New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Image courtesy of Quickpic

LEGENDARY 4X4 CAPABILITIES: “The 4×4 driver selector dial on the new Exceed allows the driver to select between no less than four driving modes,” says Campbell. “Serious adventurers can rest assured that Mitsubishi’s advanced Super Select 4WD II system is among the best in the world and will be an asset on any excursion. 

“The Pajero Sport has a 30-degree approach angle, the best in its class, which allows adventurers to challenge tough obstacles head-on, while the 24-degree departure angle will get you back down safely.” 

New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Image courtesy of Quickpic

Colour: The 2020 Pajero Sport colour palette has been extended by two hues: White Diamond and Graphite Grey.

Pricing: Mitsubishi Motors South Africa offers the three derivatives, including the new Exceed, at competitive prices:

  • Mitsubishi Sport 4×2 Auto: R609 995 
  • Mitsubishi Sport 4×4 Auto: R659 995 
  • Mitsubishi Sport Exceed:        R679 995

Warranty and Service: The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has a 3-year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan with 10 000km service intervals.