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GIIAS 2023: Mitsubishi christens its subcompact crossover as Xforce

Not to be confused with Deadpool’s superhero team

The mysterious crossover has finally gotten a name. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

After months of anticipation, the production version of the Mitsubishi XFC Concept is finally unveiled to the public at this year’s 30th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. Ladies and gentlemen, the name for its new subcompact crossover SUV is Xforce.

A familiar sight for Xpander owners. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The new Xforce houses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, the same 4A91 found on the Xpander, producing 103hp and 141Nm. Unlike the MPV, CVT is the only option, and front and rear disc brakes come standard.

The similarities between this and its MPV siblings span even further with a wheelbase length of 2,650mm and a ground clearance of 222mm (3mm less than the Xpander Cross). Active Yaw Control makes another appearance with four different driving modes: Normal, Wet, Gravel and Mud.

A touching tribute to the past, on paper. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The interior takes a more modern approach, fitted with a new eight-inch driver cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment screen in a seamless-like design. Also on the dashboard is mélange fabric spanning across the instrument panel.

Yamaha was responsible for developing its eight-speaker system, dubbed the Dynamic Sound Yamaha Premium, providing an exceptional listening experience for ASEAN roads. A unique feature of the Xforce comes in the form of a multimeter display, a throwback to the Pajero’s triple gauges.

It's nice that the sharp concept design has carried over into production. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The new Xforce will be manufactured at Mitsubishi’s Cikarang plant in Bekasi, West Java, and will roll out to Indonesian dealerships in the coming months. Other regions planned are the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

At least, the future isn't dull with black, gray or white. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Mitsubishi has confirmed that Vietnam and the Philippines will be receiving the crossover, so it’s now a matter of when. Who’s ready to feel the force?

Justin Young

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