Mitsubishi Xpander remains a serious challenger to Toyota Rush. Although their grouping is different. But because Xpander has quite strong SUV blood, then it’s legal to pair it with Rush. Moreover, the two have a price intersect. There is a slight difference, after receiving the PPnBM discount, the government will pay for it until the end of August 2021. Check out some points of consideration for each unit, before buying.
Okay, in the cheapest variant you can find Mitsubishi Xpander GLS M/T IDR 237.9 million. Meanwhile, the rival Rush 1.5 GM/T was released for IDR 240.5 million. They both get 100 percent PPnBM DTP tax relief. If it is calculated there is a difference of only Rp. 2.6 million. After August the price may change following the latest tax mechanism. Well, although the numbers are slightly adrift, there are many striking differences. Starting from the shape and dimensions. Indeed, at first glance the size looks the same.
The Xpander GLS M/T measures 4,475 mm in length, 1,750 mm in width, 1,700 mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,775 mm. The ground distance is 205 mm. The body is supported by 15-inch tin rims with lids. Whereas Rush G M/T measuring 4,435 mm, 1,695 mm, 1,705 mm, wheelbase 2,685 mm and ground clearance of 220 mm. Wheels use a diameter of 16 inches alloy. Judging from the outside, Rush still looks charming despite being a cheap variant. The main and aft lighting use LED technology. While the lower caste Xpander even looks normal. Even the eyes still use halogen, both in front and behind.
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When viewed from the wheelbase, Mitsubishi products are slightly more spacious than Toyota claims. But wait, don’t be in a hurry to make a decision. Look carefully at the features contained. Inside the Xpander GLS pocketed ABS, EBD, dual SRS Airbags, without Active Stability Control or rear camera. Meanwhile, Rush GM/T is far superior. Consumers can get ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and the number of six-point air cushions. To support parking, a rear camera is inserted. It is clear that in this sector, Toyota’s products won a landslide victory compared to Mitsubishi’s.
Then if you look at the cabin. Xpander GLS M/T without being equipped with an audio system, seats using fabric material, not using the start stop button. Meanwhile, the Toyota Rush G MT is equipped with a touch screen head unit, start stop button, and cloth seat wrappers. You can see for yourself, whose property makes more sense as a family vehicle. Of course in the context of being the cheapest variant.
Go to the sector of the runway unit. Toyota Rush carries a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated 2NR Dual VVT-i DOHC petrol engine. The combustion results in 104 PS of power at 6,000 rpm. Then the maximum torque boost is 134 Nm at 4,200 rpm. The cheapest version, distribution of power using a five-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels. The Xpander GLS also has equivalent engine capabilities, using a 1.5 liter MIVEC. Its power is 105 PS at 6,000 rpm. But it gives a punching torque kick, 141 Nm at 4,000 rpm and uses front-wheel drive. The distribution is the same, via a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Next up is body support. MacPherson Strut with Coil Spring & Semi Independent Torsion Axle Beam planted on the legs of the Rush. The type is the same as the Xpander. However, the three-diamond MPV is claimed to adopt the Lancer suspension geometry technology. Toyota’s handling is quite comfortable. But still a little less delicious than Xpander. Especially driving stability, maneuverability and damper damping when bulldozing the road.
If you have to choose, it is clear that the Rush will be the first search list as a family car. Indeed, you have to sacrifice a little more expensive, namely Rp. 2.6 million. But that figure is much better to cover all the capabilities of Toyota’s LSUV. The number of airbags, of course, is a major consideration for the safety of cabin occupants. Not to mention a myriad of other safety features. Then the availability of entertainment devices should not be forgotten.
The GLS M/T as the lowest variant of Xpander was not prepared to accommodate the needs of the family’s transportation mode. But when viewed from the specifications, it is more directed to the fleet market. For example as a business fleet or as office facilities. But still, the consumer’s reference in buying a vehicle is value for money. For example, a wad of money up to Rp. 200 million more, can get any benefit. Once again, this calculation makes Rush GM/T more worth having. (Alx / Odi)
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