The XFC Concept was recently revealed for the southeast Asian market, but it seems like it won’t be headed our way
A bold new small SUV dubbed the ‘XFC Concept’ has recently been revealed by Mitsubishi at an event in Vietnam.
According to the Japanese brand, the XFC Concept not only wears an “imposing design of an SUV,” but also possesses “a class-leading interior space.”
Bold L-shape headlights and taillights, a chiseled front grille, and strong wheel arch sculpting are the highlights of the XFC’s design that will likely make it to production. Rear-view side cameras and the lights surrounding the exhausts are less likely to make it past the concept stage.
On the inside, the modern theme is continued with a large single-panel display behind the steering wheel, and a large car-shaped gear selector. It also looks like Mitsubishi is ditching tactile buttons completely, with touch pads covering the majority of interaction surfaces.
Though no details surrounding the powertrain of the XFC Concept were revealed, Mitsubishi chief executive Takao Kato hinted that it was petrol-powered in a statement – though an electric version is expected later.
“In the future, we plan to add an electrified variant to the lineup and to also roll it out in regions outside ASEAN.”
Despite the fact that the current-generation ASX has now been on sale in Australia for over 10 years, it seems that Mitsubishi is committed to the small SUV, with it representing a 10 per cent market share year to date.
Next year we can expect to see the current-generation ASX updated once again, with a new entry-level GS model added to the Australian range.
It’s unlikely that the production SUV based on the XFC Concept will replace the ASX locally due lower safety and emissions standards being prevalent in ASEAN markets.
Chasing Cars understands that the Renault Captur-based ASX that recently hit the European market may be a more likely candidate for Australia, though right-hand drive production is not understood to have been secured as yet.
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