At long last, Mitsubishi has unveiled the first official photos of the production version of the Mitsubishi XM Concept. The carmaker isn’t ready to reveal the model’s official name just yet (reportedly called the Expander), and has labeled it as its “next-generation MPV” in the meantime.

Said to offer the best of both MPV and SUV worlds (a la Honda BR-V), the model offers seating for up to seven occupants spread across three rows. Despite competing in the “Low MPV” segment, the interior certainly appears to have an upmarket feel to it.

From what we can see, the dashboard’s design scheme is largely made up of surfaces finished in beige, accompanied by a black upper dash and touches of faux wood, silver and gloss black trim.

This multi-colour approach is also applied to the doors, but the seats are upholstered in beige fabric instead. Unlike the concept’s free-standing infotainment display, the one on the finished product is integrated into the centre stack (likely only for higher variants). Even though we weren’t provided with more photos of the interior, Mitsubishi claims the MPV will offer generous cabin and luggage space, the former further supported by convenient access to the third-row seats.

Stepping out of the vehicle, the bold front end that was present on the concept appears to be carried over, albeit with production-ready revisions. The brand’s Dynamic Shield face sees the adoption of a triple-tier lighting arrangement, with the upper area being taken up by LED daytime running lights and thick-slat grille.

Meanwhile, the main halogen reflector headlamps occupy the outside of the ‘X’ design, and are certainly generously proportioned. The lower apron doesn’t have the concept’s large skid plates, and instead accommodates the car’s fog lamps and front brush guard.

The rear also appears to be a carbon copy of the concept, also featuring the ‘X’ look, although there isn’t a two-tone paint scheme. The sculptured taillights also come with conventional graphics here, but you still get the floating roof look courtesy of the blacked-out section of the D-pillars.

In terms of dimensions, the Expander measures 4,475 mm long, 1,750 mm wide and 1,700 tall. The carmaker says the first two figures “surpass many competitors without getting unwieldy,” and the MPV is “wider and larger than common MPVs in its class.”

However, Mitsubishi did not reveal the vehicle’s wheelbase, but did quote a class-leading ground clearance of 205 mm. By comparison, the BR-V has a ground clearance of 201 mm, with a length of 4,456 mm, width of 1,735 mm and height of 1,666 mm. The BR-V has a wheelbase spanning 2,662 mm, so we’d expect the new Mitsubishi MPV to be within proximity.

On the specifications front, a 1.5 litre MIVEC four-cylinder petrol engine provides the motivation, paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic that sends drive to the front wheels.

The vehicle will also come with keyless operation, which can also remotely turn on the LED lights on at the touch of a button, something that should come in handy in a car park. Furthermore, the headlights come with a welcome home, remaining on for 30 seconds when exiting the car at night.

Full details of Mitsubishi’s next-gen MPV will be revealed later on August 10, when it makes its first public debut during the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). The MPV is set to be launched in Indonesia in fall of 2017 (priced around 189-246 million rupiah (RM60k-79k), and will be produced at the company’s new Indonesian factory in Bekasi Prefecture, West Java Province.

GALLERY: Mitsubishi XM Concept at IIMS 2017


GALLERY: Mitsubishi XM Concept official images