New looks, new interior, extra technology and slight price rises – that’s the ‘skinny’ on Mitsubishi’s updated 2017 ASX compact SUV range which is now on-sale.
Most obvious is the new-look front-end which gains Mitsubishi’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ styling to get the ASX onto the same page as the larger Outlander and Pajero Sport models as well as an aerodynamic ‘shark fin’ antenna.
Entry-level LS models also add new front fog lights.
Inside, the functionality of the MMCS infotainment system – the fly-in-the-ointment with the superseded model – has been improved with new graphics as well as a new menu facilitating easier location of details and mobile telephone pairing.
All models score a new rear seat base with better bolstering and LS secures new, high-grade seat fabric with red stitching.
Power continues to come via a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine making 110kW/197Nm, driving the front wheels in 2WD models with all-wheel-drive also available.
The diesel option is a 2.2 litre four-cylinder unit producing 110kW/360Nm. While the petrol engine is available with either a five-speed manual (LS FWD only) or a ‘six-speed’ CVT automatic, in both FWD or AWD, the diesel is only available with AWD matched with a six-speed auto.
The 2017 changes should ensure the ASX stays at the pointy end of the sales charts for Mitsubishi, with the model second only to the Mazda CX-3 in the compact SUV class in Australia.
At the end of last month, the ASX was just 381 sales behind for 2016 with two surveys remaining.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2017 MITSUBISHI ASX
- LS 2WD petrol - $25,000 (5-sp manual)
- LS 2WD petrol - $27,000 (6sp CVT automatic)
- LS 4WD diesel - $32,500 (6sp automatic)
- XLS 2WD petrol - $31,500 (6sp CVT automatic)
- XLS 4WD diesel - $37,000 (6sp automatic)