Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and ASX Juro

08 October 2018

MITSUBISHI has rationalised two of its 4x4 ranges, adding a new flagship version of the Outlander whilst reducing the smaller ASX line-up to just a single variant.

The hybrid Outlander PHEV gets new range-topping versions with such delights as cream leather upholstery and other luxuries plus the added attraction of £500 off.

Taking the trim and equipment designations of 5h and 5hs, the vehicles gain Nappa leather upholstery in a choice of three colours, comprising red, grey and cream.

There is also a premium Alpine audio sound system, heated rear seats and LED mood lighting inside.

This is in addition to the already-comprehensive specification that includes LED headlamps, fog lamps a heated windscreen and a 360° parking camera.

There is a heated steering wheel and front seats, keyless entry and a power tailgate, plus the Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Mitigation of the lesser 4hs model.

The new versions benefit from the recent revisions that include a new 135hp 2.4-litre petrol engine and enhanced electric vehicle powertrain.

There is also sharper handling due to new shock absorbers, a quicker steering rack and a revised all-wheel-drive system.

The Outlander PHEV is amongst the first plug-in hybrids to reveal its real-world economy figures of 139 MPG, with an all-electric range of 30 miles and CO2 emissions rating of 46g/km.

This means it stays as a category 2 Ultra Low Emission Vehicle and remains eligible for the UK government’s £2,500 plug-in car grant.

Despite the improvements the vehicle is £500 less than it was, with prices from £41,000 to £43,100.

Meanwhile the smaller ASX crossover is now a single model only, to be known as the ASX Juro costing from £19,195.

Powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, generating 117bhp with 154Nm of pulling power, it takes 12.2 seconds to reach 60mph and runs out of puff at 110mph.

Economy is a claimed 40mpg, with CO2 emissions of 155g/km.

Standard kit includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, privacy glass, front fog lamps and keyless entry with a start/stop button. The interior boasts climate control air conditioning, Grand Luxe upholstery with heated front seats, cruise control, Smartphone Link Display Audio utilising Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility plus a DAB radio and rear camera. The only option is metallic paint at £525.

Styling and detailing enhancements include a chunky new rear bumper, revised front grille and so-called Dynamic Shield front styling and a new interior centre console design.

It becomes available on a PCP with a rate of 5.9% and no minimum deposit, plus an importer’s deposit contribution of £2,000.