Called the Outlander Sport in the US, the update brings the current corporate face to the existing ASX’s design - the ‘Dynamic Shield’, as Mitsubishi calls it.
The exterior also boasts new 18-inch alloy wheels, power folding and heated front mirrors with integrated turn signals along with a choice of seven paint finishes (Cool Silver, Diamond White Pearl and Quartz Brown being new colours), but much of the 2015 styling carries over in the updated model.
Safety features include seven airbags, stability and traction control, brake-force distribution, tyre pressure monitoring, hill-start assist and more - depending on the model.
On the inside, the ASX gets an improved infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, new seat fabrics and a new leather-wrapped steering wheel.
There’s also a new auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink, revised ventilation controls, rear privacy glass and keyless entry with a panic feature.
The 2.4 litre MIVEC four-cylinder petrol engine already familiar to Australian Outlander customers is available to US buyers in the Outlander Sport (ASX), matched with a CVT automatic that Mitsubishi says has been programed for better response, performance and economy.
"The Outlander Sport is a brand leader for Mitsubishi Motors, and we are excited to unveil this eye-catching 2016 model," Mitsubishi North America’s Don Swearingen said.
"The Outlander Sport has always been a fun vehicle that delivers on its promise of reliability and value, and the 2016 model continues to do so with a great new family look that unifies the Mitsubishi [SUV] line-up."
Mitsubishi Australia has yet to announce when or if the updated ASX will make it to Australian showrooms.
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