Could This Be The Next Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?
Mitsubishi says this model is meant for Southeast Asia, but that hasn’t stopped the brand before.
Last year, Mitsubishi showed off the XFC concept in Vietnam, previewing a future small crossover from the brand. Now, the small Japanese brand has revealed the production version of that concept. The grey, smartly-styled compact crossover could be a preview of a forthcoming SUV for the U.S. and Canada.
At this point in time, the concept is still nameless. Yet, we can see all of the vehicle’s styling. The front fascia with its less-than-obvious headlights mirrors what we’ve seen on the new Outlander. The car’s floating roofline and boomerang-shaped taillights complement the tidy proportions. This nameless production model is certainly more agreeable than t he Eclipse Cross.
In all, the XFC production model is 172.8 about the same size as the current Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or RVR. Power will come from a 1.5-liter engine mated to a CVT, sent to the front wheels. It’s not known if this car will be turbocharged, or offer AWD.
Mitsubishi says this crossover is meant for markets in Southeast Asia, but we think it could easily find a place here in the U.S. and Canada. Aside from the Nissan-based new Outlander, Mitsubishi’s lineup is bereft of products. The Mitsubishi Mirage was also meant as a Southeast Asian-focused vehicle, but the brand has found reasonable success selling the Mirage in North America. Given the XFC’s dimensions, it could easily replace the Outlander Sport/RVR – a crossover now more than a decade old at its core.
The production model will officially debut at the Indonesia Auto Show on August 10.
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