Mitsubishi Motors South Africa has sneaked the revamped ASX into the market, the update bringing with it new looks and a performance improvement.
“The new ASX has an even more attractive appearance front and back as well as a variety of improvements and performance spec,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA).
The Mitsubishi ASX was first introduced in South Africa in September 2011. The introduction of the original ASX has opened Mitsubishi Motors as a brand to younger families seeking access to the Mitsubishi SUV way of life with gutsy performance to match.
“Last year was a landmark year for Mitsubishi Motors South Africa with the introduction of various new models bringing a host of new customers to the brand. The significantly refreshed ASX is keeping this momentum as our first new-model introduction for 2020,” says Campbell.
“The new ASX offers the best balance in design, technology and price and serves as an attractive cross-over SUV for our customers, with a spacious interior, roomy boot and fuel efficiency of a smaller car.”
The newly designed frontal exterior includes a new bonnet, LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) as well as LED fog lamps with integrated turning signals, a redesigned radiator grille and a brand-new front bumper face.
At the rear the new ASX receives a new lighting package as well – LED brake lights, LED tail lights, LED reverse lights and integrated turning signals in the one-piece cluster.
The enhanced interior includes a variety of new features in the centre of the front console housing the cabin controls, including Mitsubishi’s improved new Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) with a new 8-inch WVGA display and touch controls as well as USB power supply for a mobile phone. The SDA also includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The extended list of features includes electric power steering with a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column, the multi-function leather steering wheel connected to the new SDA as well as cruise control, fully automatic air-conditioning and power windows front and rear.
The ASX uses the latest version of the 2,0-litre MIVEC aluminium engine, offering 110 kW at 6 000 r/min and 197 Nm at 4 200 r/min, driving through a INVECS-III 6-step CVT or a 5-speed manual.
A new ‘Ds’ position for the Sport Mode gear shift control has been added, which maintains sport mode even after a stop, providing the driver with improved driving pleasure and comfort.
The ASX now boasts an improved towing capacity of 1 260 kg (braked) for the manual transmission and 750 kg for the CVT (unbraked), with 1 206 litres of cargo capacity with the rear seats folded down (406 litres with the seats in use).
The safety features now include Hill Start Assist (HSA) and ASTC – an important safety feature in rain and on gravel roads whilst manoeuvring.
Apart from additional features, the new ASX retains its advanced passive and active safety technology, including seven crash bags, Side Impact Protection Bars in the doors, a Collapsible Steering Column, Brake Pedal Recession Protection and Whiplash Injury Reduction Seats.
The ASX is covered by Mitsubishi Motors’ Manufacturer’s Warranty of 3 years or 100 000 km, a 5-year / 90 000 km Service Plan and a 5-year / unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance. Service intervals are scheduled at every 15 000 km or once a year.
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