The Mitsubishi XM crossover will have a perfect blend of “toughness of an SUV with the versatility of an MPV”, claims the company.
The Mitsubishi XM 7-seater crossover is based on the company's new Dynamic Shield design philosophy.
December 12, 2016 – Mitsubishi, the Japanese automaker had showcased the all-new Mitsubishi XM crossover MPV concept at the 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). The vehicle was recently spotted testing for the first time in Indonesia. This crossover MPV will be developed and launched in Indonesia next year, and will be exported to select ASEAN markets including Thailand and Philippines. The vehicle looks like a worthy competitor to the 7-seater Honda BRV.
Mitsubishi has confirmed that the XM will enter the production from October 2017 at the carmaker’s new manufacturing plant in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia. The XM 7-seater crossover carries Mitsubishi’s new design philosophy- Dynamic Shield, and looks quite sporty. The fascia of the Mitsubishi XM MPV shares strong resemblance with the Mitsubishi eX concept. It comes with heavily sculpted wheel arches, floating roof with rails, and strong character lines. The side profile is highlighted by long greenhouse and blacked-out D pillar, while the black rear design of the crossover looks similar to the eX concept.
According to Mitsubishi, the XM combines “toughness of an SUV with the versatility of an MPV”. While the ‘X’ stands for crossover, the ‘M’ is for MPV. With three rows of seats, the XM crossover will offer enough space for seven occupants. The cabin will feature wide elevated center console, silver treatment and dual tone high contrast interior.
Speaking to a media publication, Tsunehiro Kunimoto, corporate GM of MMC’s design office, said “This vehicle was designed to travel long distances, with the ability to cope with bad roads and floods from a high ground clearance”. The production version of the XM Concept with be 80% similar to the showcar you see here, he added further.
Mitsubishi has invested 600 million USD (250 million USD to develop the MPV) for this product and new production plant. The company also plans to export the XM to other South East Asian markets including Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The company is yet to announce the exact engine details about the crossover, but reports suggest that it will feature a 1.5 litre petrol powertrain. The vehicle will also get an front-wheel-drive system and high ground clearance to offer optimum all-terrain performance.
|Base Model||Rs 8 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 13 lakh|
Note – The above mentioned prices are speculative keeping the cost of Honda BR-V – its potential rival. Though, there is no clarity yet about its India launch.
Dynamic shield design
Sculpted wheel arches
Floating roof with rails
Strong character lines
Optimized interior layout
Wide elevated center console
Dual tone high contrast interior
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