The Mitsubishi Xpander MPV is now on sale in Thailand, where it’s available in two trim levels, imported CBU from Indonesia. The GLS Limited starts from 779,000 baht (RM96,381) while the top GT is priced at 849,000 baht (RM104,921).

Standard kit for the Honda BR-V-rivalling, SUV-styled seven-seat MPV include ABS/EBD/BA, ASC, hill start assist, dual airbags, LED position lamps, LED rear lamps, welcome/coming home lights, tilt-telescopic steering and steering audio buttons.

The GT adds on front fog lamps; chrome exterior trim; silver skid plates (black is standard); a 4.2-inch colour multi-info display with high contrast meter; eco drive assist and eco score indicator; leather for the steering, shift knob and handbrake grip; voice command and cruise control.

The GT also comes with keyless entry with push start; 2-DIN DVD head unit with 6.2-inch touchscreen; Bluetooth; reverse camera; part leather seats; two extra speakers (for six in total) and 16-inch two-tone rims (15-inch standard).

The Xpander is powered by a 1.5 litre engine with 105 PS and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The MIVEC DOHC unit is paired to a four-speed automatic gearbox. In Indonesia, the Xpander competes in the core Low MPV segment with the Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia, Suzuki Ertiga, Honda Mobilio and Honda BR-V.

Last year, MMC CEO Osamu Masuko mentioned Malaysia as part of the Xpander’s 2018 introduction plans, along with fellow ASEAN markets Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. All the listed countries have now received the Xpander except for Malaysia. Would this work here as a rival to the Honda BR-V?

GALLERY: Mitsubishi Xpander in Indonesia