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Mitsubishi Motors unveils all-new Xforce in Indonesia


Mitsubishi Motors Corp has debuted its all-new Xforce compact SUV at the 30th GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show.

The all-new model will be built at Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Indonesia (Bekasi, West Java) and will be first rolled out in Indonesia, with launches planned for other ASEAN countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as South Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

The all-new Xforce is a five-passenger compact SUV that was developed with a focus on the way compact SUVs are used in the ASEAN region. Based on the concept "Best-suited buddy for an exciting life," the all-new model uplifts the owner's everyday life with its stylish yet robust, authentic SUV styling as well as comfort and practicality including a spacious cabin and versatile storage spaces well-balanced in a maneuverable, compact body size, and road handling that allows safe, secure ride in a variety of weather or road conditions.

"While ensuring the all-new Xforce meets the requirements for driving performance, ease of handling, a comfortable interior, wide-ranging user-friendliness, and everything else demanded of a compact SUV, we have put our heart and soul into the development to bring excitement to the everyday driving of our customers," said Takao Kato, president and chief executive officer, Mitsubishi Motors. "This compact SUV was developed to answer the needs of drivers in the ASEAN region and has gone through repeated tuning in the region's road environment. We hope the all-new Xforce will become a best-suited buddy for any adventure that drivers wish to embark on, giving them an extra force to go one step further and experience something new."

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"This compact SUV was developed to answer the needs of drivers in the ASEAN region 

And what are those needs exactly?

Are they different to the needs of people in Southern Europe?

So much left unsaid Mitsubishi…

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Having driven in both southern Europe and SE Asia, there are marked differences in the road conditions AND traffic congestion between both. Just a comparison off the top of my head. Maybe more cup and bottle holders, a possible mini-fridge for those insane traffic jams in Jakarta, better suspension for those potholes in Myanmar, a currency holder for the toll roads in the Philippines...the unsaid possibilities are endless, just need to use one's imagination.

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Are they different to the needs of people in Southern Europe?

Having driven in Asia and Europe I would agree the driving needs are very different. Speeds in Asia are a great deal slower. Asian drivers short shift and lug the bejeezus out of engines (something that really grinds my gears riding in Asian taxis or with Asian friends and relatives) where Europeans tend to use the upper third of the rpm range. Good handling, road feel and powerful brakes are essential for a vehicle driven in Europe while not so important at the lower speeds one finds in Asia. Even the best expressways in Asia are limited to 80 - 100 kph where the same expressway in Europe would have a 130 kph speed limit.

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