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Motor Expo 2016: Mitsubishi XM Concept – Clearer Look Inside

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Motor Expo 2016: Mitsubishi XM Concept – Clearer Look Inside

The Mitsubishi XM Concept first shown at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2016 at Jakarta earlier this year makes a repeat appearance at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2016 currently ongoing at Bangkok, Thailand.

A compact-sized seven-seater, the XM’s name is said to stand for the vehicle’s intended positioning in the market combining a crossover (X) with an MPV (M). The Honda BR-V immediately comes to mind as a direct rival.

A production model is said to be well and truly underway, with Mitsubishi stating that it is built on an all-new platform never previously used in any of its models. A 1.5-litre petrol engine is the expected power source sending drive to the front wheels.

Mitsubishi had also claimed that as much as 80% of the concept vehicle’s futuristic styling cues will make it to the production model. The use of bright colours with dark contrasts gives the vehicle an added funky touch.

Whilst the display vehicle at the show venue had its doors closed and locked, we were able to peek through the clear untinted glass to get a good view of a spacious and highly-premium looking interior.

On the dashboard, we see an engine start button, virtual instrument cluster, and a free-standing screen above the centre console. We notice that some switch gear elements, such as air-con vents and steering-mounted controls, appear production ready.

We did not see any parking brake lever or switch along the centre console, meaning it either has a foot-operated parking brake or electronic parking brake with its switch tucked away at a hidden corner.

Occupants are seated in a 2-3-2 configuration. Both second and third row seats are foldable in 40:20:40 and 50:50 split ratios respectively. The display vehicle also sports an expansive panoramic sunroof and roof-mounted blowers.

Gallery: Motor Expo 2016: Mitsubishi XM Concept

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