Mitsubishi volition motorboat a caller compact SUV immoderate clip betwixt April 2023 and March 2024, and this conception car revealed contiguous clues america successful connected what to expect.
The Mitsubishi XFC Concept volition marque its premiere astatine the Vietnam centrifugal amusement adjacent week – connected the aboveground an antithetic prime to signifier a premiere.
However it’s important to support successful caput that Mitsubishi has a absorption connected Southeast Asia, nether the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance ‘leader-follower’ planetary concern model.
It’s understood the road-going mentation volition usage a Mitsubishi level alternatively than a Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance one, and person a beardown absorption connected ASEAN markets.
“We volition motorboat the caller compact SUV sequentially successful the ASEAN markets including Vietnam successful fiscal twelvemonth 2023,” said Mitsubishi Motors president and main enforcement Takao Kato.
Japan’s fiscal twelvemonth goes from April 1 to March 31.
The institution adds the accumulation mentation of this XFC Concept volition not regenerate an existing exemplary sold successful the ASEAN markets, but alternatively complement the existing range.
Now, we cognize what you’re thinking. Surely this previews the caller ASX, right? The caller European ASX – conscionable a badge-engineered Renault Captur – is disconnected the paper for right-hand drive, aft all, truthful there’s a request for a caller exemplary that plays this role.
Moreover the existent ASX is not sold successful cardinal ASEAN markets – Mitsubishi sells a car called Xpander Cross alternatively – truthful the caller tiny SUV could play this relation portion inactive being classified arsenic an further model, not a replacement.
Then determination are the quotes from Kato-san.
“In the future, we program to adhd an electrified variant to the lineup and to besides rotation it retired successful regions extracurricular ASEAN. We anticipation to turn the exemplary from a conveyance for the ASEAN marketplace to a planetary strategical vehicle,” added Mr Kato.
Mitsubishi’s 2nd large absorption portion globally wrong the Alliance is Oceania, led by Australia, wherever the past ASX remains 1 of the biggest sellers successful the tiny SUV people but is good past emblematic status age. So we would beryllium the evident adjacent step.
But clasp your horses… Mitsubishi has not confirmed thing on these lines, successful information it’s our knowing that there’s nary warrant that this car volition beryllium made to conscionable Australia’s harsher plan and information standards.
It appears that Mitsubishi Australia mightiness beryllium caught betwixt a stone and a hard place, though there’s small uncertainty the company’s section limb is pushing hard to get the car present successful palatable and due signifier – adjacent if it won’t admit arsenic much.
The Mitsubishi XFC Concept has headlights that look a spot similar its badge, a caller instrumentality connected the company’s Dynamic Shield grille, hexagonal little moving lights, broadside cameras alternatively than mirrors, and a chunky yet curvaceous profile.
The distinctive T-shape tail-light signature emphasises the car’s stance, arsenic bash the flared rear fenders.
The elegant interior includes a new-design steering instrumentality with fashionably tiny centre cap, a ample single-frame surface for instruments and multimedia, haptic touchpads to power features, and immoderate astir Scandinavian-inspired trims.
“Despite its compact assemblage size, the Mitsubishi XFC Concept is besides designed for inferior with ample cargo space,” Mitsubishi adds.
Mitsubishi promises “plenty of crushed clearance” and 4 thrust modes called Normal, Wet, Gravel and Mud – suggesting a derivation of its S-AWC all-wheel thrust strategy whitethorn feature.
We volition beryllium seeking to observe much astir what this caller conception means for Mitsubishi Australia, but successful the meantime the institution precocious elaborate yet different moving tweak to the existing ASX scope up of December launch, elaborate here.