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Mitsubishi tweaks the ASX

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whitestone-054The revised Mitsubishi ASX crossover is now appearing in showrooms across the UK.

The design of the ASX gets a new look courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s (MMC) new “Dynamic Shield” visual identity designed to bring it into line with other models in the range such as the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV. The “Dynamic Shield” uses bold chromed streaks sitting either side of the grille to shield the Mitsubishi three diamond mark.

There is also a shark-fin antenna, revised seat cushions, new seat upholstery across the range and a new “Lightning Blue” colour option. Variant names in the new ASX range have also been changed, returning to the straightforward ASX 2, ASX 3, ASX 4 and ASX 5 format, and there have been changes to the trim levels too.

The engine range is carried over from the outgoing ASX. The diesels are a 112 bhp 199 lb ft 1.6-litre DI-D turbo diesel engine with a six-speed manual gearbox (front-wheel drive on ASX 3 / on-demand four-wheel drive on ASX 4) and a 148 PS, 191 lb ft 2.2-litre DI-D turbo diesel combined with on-demand four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission as standard.

In terms of fuel economy and emissions, the 1.6 turbo diesel with front-wheel drive produces CO2 emission of 119g/km and is capable of 61.4 mpg on the official combined fuel economy cycle, while 4WD versions produce 132g/km and return 56.5 mpg. The 2.2-litre turbo diesel has emissions of 152g/km and returns 48.7 mpg.

whitestone-069The ASX Range

ASX 2: The Mitsubishi ASX 2 is the entry-point to the ASX range. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels; front fog lamps; air conditioning; Bluetooth phone connectivity; a USB port with iPhone compatibility; a leather-trimmed steering wheel; multifunction colour instrument display; electric windows front and rear; rear privacy glass and arm rests for front and rear occupants. Safety equipment includes Mitsubishi Active Stability and Traction Control (M-ASTC), Hill Start Assist and seven airbags as standard.

ASX 3: The Mitsubishi ASX 3 builds on the specification of the ASX 2 by adding two-tone 18-inch alloys; black wheel-arch garnishes; automatic climate control; keyless entry and operation; cruise control; automatic light and rain sensors; xenon super-HID ‘wide vision’ headlamps with washers; DAB radio and Bluetooth music streaming; auto-dimming rear view mirror; heated front seats; electric-folding door mirrors and, new for 2017, a reversing camera. The Mitsubishi ASX 3 1.6 turbo diesel is priced from £20,349.

ASX 4: The Mitsubishi ASX 4 features four-wheel drive as standard and is available with the 1.6-litre turbo diesel and 2.2-litre turbo diesel automatic. Standard features in addition to the specification of the ASX 3 include leather upholstery, black roof rails, an aluminium pedal kit (new for 2017); a panoramic glass roof and the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS), which includes a seven-inch HD touch-screen display, satellite navigation, DAB, CD player, SD card compatibility and reversing camera. The Mitsubishi Outlander ASX 4 1.6 turbo diesel 4WD is priced from £24,249 while the ASX 4 2.2 turbo diesel automatic 4WD is priced from £25,649.

ASX 5: This premium edition of the Mitsubishi ASX, due in January 2017, is similar in concept to the Mitsubishi Outlander GX5 and Shogun SG5 models. The seats are trimmed in rich Nappa leather available in a choice of three colours – Claret Red, Porcelain Cream and Gunmetal Grey – while the premium carpet mat set and boot mat feature colour-coded piping to match the leather trim. Heated rear seats are standard as are; a power-adjusted driver’s seat; twin rear USB charging ports; LED interior lighting and front-door entry guards. The Mitsubishi ASX 5 1.6 turbo diesel 4WD will retail from £26,949 in January 2017 and the top-of-the-range ASX 5 2.2 turbo diesel automatic 4WD will be priced at £28,349.

The Mitsubishi ASX range is backed by a five year, 62,500 mile warranty and comes with three-year pan-European roadside, home and accident assistance as standard. The Mitsubishi Service Plan covers scheduled maintenance for the first three years and is available for £500 for the 1.6-litre turbo diesel and £675 for the 2.2-litre turbo diesel.

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