Mitsubishi ASX revamp

24 June 2019

MITSUBISHI is to make a raft of changes to its ASX range of small SUVs to give them more of a fighting chance within this fiercely

contested sector of the market.

The ASX has been around for a decade now, during which time a host of respected rivals have entered the fray, including some from within its own Renault-Nissan alliance.

For the forthcoming 2020 model year the ASX will boast a new look, new engine, automatic transmission and four-wheel drive when it arrives here this autumn.

There will be a more bulbous front incorporating LED headlamps, new rear bumpers and LED lamp clusters, new 18-inch alloy wheels on all versions, plus a trio of new colours.

The current 1.6-litre petrol engine will be replaced by a more powerful two-litre unit with 150bhp of power and 195Nm of torque, or pulling power.

That represents an increase in power of 30 per cent, with a 27 per cent hike in torque.

It also knocks a couple of seconds off the 0-60mph acceleration time, which is now about ten seconds, whilst the top speed rises to 118mph.

The additional pulling power means that the vehicle’s braked towing capacity is increased by about a third to 1300kg.

Although the company has full figures for power and performance, it says that no figures are available yet for economy and CO2 ratings.

Model variations will include a front wheel drive version with a five-speed manual transmission and a four wheel drive mode combined with continuously variable automatic transmission plus six-speed sports mode with paddle shifts.

Active Stability and Traction Control with Hill Start Assist are on offer, plus an integral reversing camera, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Inside there is a new eight-inch touchscreen Smartphone-Link Display Audio system, DAB audio, Bluetooth connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Integrated TomTom satnav becomes standard on Dynamic trim and equipment versions, whilst there are also new seat fabrics and leather trim, new piano black and silver accents plus new black headlining.

Design models get 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, the SDA system and rear-view camera, heated front seats, cruise control, automatic climate control and keyless operation.

Dynamic versions gain a panoramic glass roof, leather trim, electric driver’s seat adjustment, TomTom navigation, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

These latest improvements will make the ASX more competitive until an entirely new replacement arrives on a new platform.

The model is the company’s third best seller, having found almost 1.5 million buyers worldwide, of whom about 31,000 are in the UK.

Mitsubishi recently announced that its top UK dealer is Blackshaws of Morpeth, which is celebrating its centenary, having opened for business in 1919 in Alnwick where the company has just opened a new Mitsubishi dealership.