Mitsubishi ASX undergoes big facelift

By CARSIFU | 13 February 2019

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TOKYO: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil the 2020 model year ASX compact SUV at the March 5-17 Geneva International Motor Show.

The exterior design has undergone a major overhaul under a design philosophy of “robust & ingenious,” which serves as an expression of the MMC’s global tagline “Drive your Ambition.”

The Mitsubishi ASX is a compact SUV designed for the city, offering wide-ranging versatility. Mitsubishi says its lightweight, compact body combined with an SUV’s commanding driver sightlines give the ASX excellent handling and easy drivability.

For European markets, ASX is powered by a 2.0L MIVEC 16-valve engine equipped with either a five-speed manual transmission or the INVECS-III CVT with six-speed Sports Mode. Both two and four-wheel-drive versions are available.

The ASX also delivers reassurance and safety, with features including the RISE impact safety body and a Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) braking system.

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New design

The design concept is ”Impact and Impulse.” As well as signature Mitsubishi toughness, the refined and original design projects a strong image.

The new ASX brings an evolution in MMC’s DYNAMIC SHIELD front design concept. The bumper embraces the central protective shape from both sides and the squared horizontal and vertical line treatment of the grille and the skid plate under the bumper expresses strength and toughness. The new styling makes the bonnet deeper, adding to the presence projected by the front end. And the distinctive LED lighting layout, which locates the indicators and fog lamps at the ends of the bumper, stamps a Mitsubishi brand look on the front end.

The ASX uses LED rear combination lamps (except indicators) in a design that stretches across the width of the car and accentuates the wide stance. The underside of the bumper has a skid plate styling.

Three new colours are available - Red Diamond, Sunshine Orange and Oak Brown.

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Improved smartphone connectivity

The Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) has been improved and now offers more advanced connectivity. The size of the display has been increased from seven to eight inches.

Videos stored on USB memory sticks can also now be viewed on the SDA screen when the vehicle is stopped. Top trim level models come equipped with a Tom Tom navigation system. Real-time traffic information can now be accessed by connecting to the internet using a smartphone.

Available soon will be an app that uses speedometer, odometer, warning lamp and other vehicle information. The app will check fuel remaining and provide navigation to the nearest fuel stations, and will provide guidance on optimum maintenance and inspection intervals.

Since its launch in 2009, Mitsubishi Motors has sold 1.32 million ASX units in around 90 countries. The biggest markets are North America, Europe, Australia and China. Currently the third-highest selling vehicle offered by MMC, the ASX is key to the company’s global strategy.

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