2015 MITSUBISHI ASX AUSTRALIA
Holding steady on price for the new model year, Mitsubishi’s popular ASX gains new features and a number of key refinements to boost appeal in the hot-selling compact SUV market.
The updated range also sees the renaming of its models (the 'Aspire' name is gone), and the deletion of the $33,490 front-wheel-drive model.
A revised suspension package headlines the changes for 2015, and Mitsubishi promises significant improvements to ride comfort, handling and steering response.
The ASX is now also quieter, Mitsubishi says, thanks to improvements in NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) that include a new standard tyre package and extra sound insulation.
Fuel consumption in CVT auto-equipped petrol models is also improved, falling four percent to 7.4 l/100km.
Other features for the upgraded ASX include new daytime running lights in the front bumper, along with new 17-inch wheels, black roof rails, chrome highlights inside and out, tinted windows and a new ‘Lightning Blue’ paint option.
The ASX also gains Emergency Stop Signal brake lights for 2015.
Features in the top-shelf XLS models include a panoramic sunroof, leather trim, seven-inch display with navigation, automatic wipers and headlights, smart key and push-button start, heated front seats (powered on the driver’s side), and an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror.
Sales for the ASX range have improved in 2014, climbing to 2426 year-to-date, compared to 1756 for the same period in 2013.
April sales reached 630, nearly doubling last April’s 365 sales. That made the ASX the second-best selling compact SUV for the month, followed closely by the Subaru XV with 610 sales for April.
The Hyundai ix35 remains the comfortable segment leader however, notching up a handy 1375 sales in April and 5870 for the year to date.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- ASX LS 2WD 2.0-litre petrol - $24,990 (MT), $26,990 (CVT)
- ASX LS 4WD 2.2-litre diesel - $31,990 (AT)
- ASX XLS 2WD 2.0-litre petrol - $31,490 (CVT)
- ASX XLS 4WD 2.2-litre diesel - $36,490 (AT)