Mitsubishi updates the ASX, again
Mitsubishi has extended the lifespan of its popular ASX city SUV, revealing its fourth facelift ahead of its public debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show in March.
Considered one of the early pioneers of the burgeoning baby soft-roader set, the ASX was first introduced in 2010 and its fundamental mechanicals have largely gone untouched since it was launched.
But the Japanese car maker has kept it fresh with a series of cosmetic upgrades, the latest bringing it line with Mitsubishi's newest design theme as seen on vehicles like the new-generation Triton ute that arrived in dealerships this month.
Key among the visual changes for the ASX are redesigned front and rear bumpers. the former mimicing the Triton's bold new look with a squared-off centre section flanked by high-mounted fog lights on the outide while the rear is a little more subtle with revised LED tail lights and a silver skid plate to match the front.
Mitsubishi says three new colour options will be offered (in Europe at least) to brighten up its pallette.
Inside the cabin, the ASX picks up a larger 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with more functionality but otherwise remains largely the same as the current model.
The updated ASX is expected to be available in local showrooms later this year, retaining its 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive configuration. Currently, the entry-level ES is the only model available with a manual transmission with all others, including the ES fitted with automated emergency braking (or ADAS in Mitsubishi), are equipped with a CVT automatic gearbox.
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