On August 10, the Mitsubishi Xforce officially entered the Southeast Asian region when it was launched at the GIIAS 2023 exhibition. The powerful, modern design of this SUV has instantly won sympathy with users in the field.
Hence this car is considered to be Mitsubishi’s new selling force in South East Asia apart from the Xpander.
In fact, the Xforce’s strong body is not bad in off-road performance parameters. The ground clearance of 222 mm is best in its segment, even at par with the new Triton in the pickup segment.
Apart from this, the approach angle (20 degree) and exit angle (30.5 degree) of the Xforce are also the best parameters in the segment.
Despite this, the off-road performance of the Mitsubishi Xforce will not be that great as it lacks one very important factor, which is a 2-wheel drive system.
At the moment, the Mitsubishi Xforce only has a front-wheel drive version. A 2-wheel drive option is also unlikely to be added in the future.
As explained by Mr. Hiroshi Nagaoka, executive vice president of Mitsubishi, to the regional press at the exhibition, the company thought carefully before deciding to equip the Mitsubishi Xforce with only front-wheel drive. This is because the car was developed specifically for the Southeast Asian market – a market where 2-wheel drive is not so essential as there is no snow.
“Instead of adding a longer crankshaft at the rear, we decided to introduce new driving modes.
The powertrain is also capable of controlling all four wheels to some degree, for example with the brakes. Hence, the Mitsubishi Xforce will bring a sense of balance and stability even when faced with slippery road conditions without the need for 2-wheel drive.
In the driving mode of Mitsubishi Xforce, Wet Mode (Wet Mode) appears for the first time. The remaining three driving modes are Normal, Gravel Road and Mud Road.
The Active Yaw Control (AYC) system on the new Triton also appears on the Xforce.
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Apart from the 2-wheel drive, the Mitsubishi Xforce will also miss out on a turbocharged engine. The Mitsubishi Xforce powertrain uses the same naturally aspirated 1.5L MIVEC engine producing 104HP, 141Nm, mated to the automatic CVT transmission, like the Xander.
Explaining this choice, the Mitsubishi leader said that the Xpander engine has proved itself strong enough to convince customers in the region. The power of the above engine may not be as high as other competitors like Honda, but the torque at low rpm is better.
The above advantages make this engine suitable for use in the Xforce in Southeast Asia where traffic jams are frequent.
In addition, despite the sporty design, in fact, comfort is the top priority of this car. Therefore, the Xpander’s engine is more suitable than a “loading” engine using turbocharger technology.
In Vietnam, the Mitsubishi Xforce is being collected by a genuine dealer system with an expected selling price of 700–800 million VND. The car is expected to return to Vietnam by the end of this year to compete with the likes of Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Honda HR-V and Toyota Corolla Cross in the B-segment SUV segment.