The Mitsubishi ASX has gained a new playmate in the form of the Sport variant that adds R30 000 worth of ‘goodies’ – but goes to market at the same price as the base model.
“Our target market includes customers who would like the benefits of a compact SUV which include spaciousness, safety and practicality, offers a higher ride height and is easy to drive, but comes with the fuel efficiency of a smaller car,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA).
“These customers also use their vehicle in town, on weekend outings for country travels, exploring unknown destinations, and holidays.”
Already boasting a host of standard features found in the standard ASX GLX, including daytime running lights, flexible seating and generous boot space as well as advanced passive and active safety technology, including a seven air bag system and HID headlights, the ASX Sport adds the extras at no extra cost.
Adding a sportier look to go with the new name, the ASX Sport can be distinguished from other derivatives by a limited-edition Sport decal set, including carbon fibre inserts and strategically-placed black and orange strips.
A set of new gloss black mag wheels sets the new ASX Sport apart from the rest of the range but, the biggest addition to the ASX Sport is the new Apple and Android capability of the upgraded infotainment system.
The factory-fitted system boasts a 7-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth, GPS, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Touch Key Buttons and USB Connectors.
“The new infotainment system is a huge added benefit to the new ASX Sport,” says Campbell. “The new system allows occupants to remain connected at all times, and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto fulfils their need for entertainment, ease of use and connectivity anytime and anywhere, including out in the countryside.
“The practical and luxurious interior offers the same roominess as that of the standard model, but with all the additional features, of which the new infotainment system is the most valuable,” says Campbell.
The ASX Sport features a 2,0-litre MIVEC engine, 5-speed manual transmission and 63-litre fuel tank offering a reach of around 800 km on the open road.
Safety features include the Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) Body Construction, seven air bags, Side-impact Protection Bars, Whiplash Injury Reduction Seats, Brake Pedal Recession Protection, bCollapsible Steering Column, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, anti-lock braking system, EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), BAS (Brake Assist System), Rear Park Distance Control and a Rear-view Camera for ease of parking.
The interior also boasts leather upholstery with heated front seats and electrically adjustable driver seat and a keyless operating system.
With a current price tag from R399 995 the ASX Sport offers superior luxury with an all-new sportier appearance.
As with the rest of the ASX range, the Sport Limited Edition is covered by a 3-year / 100 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and a 5-year /90 000 km service plan with 15 000 km service intervals.