Mitsubishi’s ’17 ASX SUV primped with new engine, CVT

 

  • Popular 4×2 SUV gets 2017 update
  • Split grille defines fashion change
  • New two-litre engine joins line-up
2017 MITSUBISHI ASX: Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic
2017 MITSUBISHI ASX: The new grille design is said to be a highlight of the fettled units. Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Mitsubishi’s ASX has been given a midlife refresh for 2017 that includes a new two-litre six-point CVT derivative coming for less than R400 000.

Nic Campbell, Mitsubishi Motors SA’s general manager, told The Corner in a media release: “We’ve addressed the affordability needs of our customers, some of whom might have been looking to save money with a lower-spec vehicle, but our new ASX 2.0 GL CVT has an impressive standard spec in an attractive package.

“When you consider Mitsubishi’s world-class safety ratings, this model is easily the best sub-R400 000 vehicle on the market.”

2017 MITSUBISHI ASX: Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic
2017 MITSUBISHI ASX: Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic

“This ASX,” Campbell explains, “is the first in South Africa to feature the company’s new ‘Dynamic Shield’ design which focuses on a new grille that is significantly more prominent than that of its predecessor.

“It will soon be seen on other models, among them the new Mitsubishi Outlander and Pajero Sport.”

HINT OF FAMILY TREE

On the ASX, the new grille connects the upper and lower sections of the bumper into one single air-intake. The black section links the head- and fog lights and is surrounded by eye-catching chromed details that widen towards the middle.

“It’s finished with a lower chromed section which mimics the design of a strike plate and hints at the ASX’s SUV family tree.

Mitsubishi says it’s using the new design with other smaller tweaks but the popular items and high specification are unchanged. Changes to the new ASX do, however, include redesigned seat cushions for long-distance comfort.

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The latest ASX line-up consists of five derivatives, each with “the frugal and highly reliable” 2.0 MIVEC petrol engine capable of 110kW / 197Nm and driving the front wheels through a five-speed manual or CVT transmission with six pre-programmed gear steps.

Mitsubishi suggests 7.5 litres/100km for manual models and 7.6 for the CVT so the 63 litre tank should, it adds, be good for about 800km.

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2017 MITSUBISHI ASX: Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic

The ASX claims to be one of the safest vehicles in its class with a five-star Euro NCAP rating with seven crash ags, IsoFix child-seat anchors and anti-lock brakes supported by emergency-stop pressure assistance.

BIG GLASS ROOF

GLS derivatives add diode daytime lights, electronic active stability and traction and a geradient-start nanny. Also standard are Bluetooth, cruise control, multi-function steering-wheel, power windows, aircon, auto lights and wipers and rear parking radar.

GLX and GLS derivatives also have a full-length glass roof, keyless operation, colour touch-screen infotainment system, heatable leather front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat and reversing camera.

Two GLS derivatives include a Rockford Fosgate audio system.

“The ASX,” Mitsubishi says, “continues to score highly as a practical crossover thanks to having 1193 litres of load volume (rear seats folded) and 195mm ground clearance.”

Model range and prices below the image…

2017 MITSUBISHI ASX: Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic
2017 MITSUBISHI ASX: Image: Mitsubishi SA / Quickpic

RANGE AND PRICES

2.0 MIVEC GL 5-speed – R364 900
2.0 MIVEC GL 6-speed CVT – R399 900
2.0 MIVEC GLX 5-speed – R399 900
2.0 MIVEC GLS 5-speed with Rockford Fosgate – R414 900
2.0 MIVEC GLS 6-speed CVT with Rockford Fosgatge – R434 900

The cars will be delivered with a five-year (or 90 000km) service plan and three-year (or 100 000km) manufacturer’s warranty.

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