The Mitsubishi ASX has been around for nine years, but there is no end in sight. Now the compact SUV gets a face lift donated again. The most important novelty: A fresh engine and finally four-wheel drive and automatic.
For about seven years, a car is usually built before the successor follows in the footsteps – tendency rather falling, because the rapid development times in the IT industry are also increasing pressure on carmakers. It is therefore high time for the Mitsubishi ASX, which has been available since 2010, to leave and make room for the new edition. But the Japanese compact SUV keeps it like the Queen, and does not even think about abdicating. Instead, the ASX gets a facelift in the now ninth year and the already announced successor can wait another two or three years to come. Freshly plastered is the Mitsubishi from September for probably around 18,000 euros at the dealer.
Externally dusty may be the 4.37-meter-long ASX quite, but completely old-fashioned he is not. There have already been two refreshments every three years. After the recent facelift looks the compact, which was in the meantime also the basis for Citroën C4 Aircross and Peugeot 4008, even quite fit again. It is based on the big brother Outlander and the sloping SUV coupe Eclipse Cross and acts with the new, beefy front self-confident than ever: Wide grille, narrow LED headlights and an implied Kuhfänger the Japanese are good to face. At the rear, the designers have emphasized the width and thus the robust appearance of the SUV.
On the other hand, not much has changed on the inside, new are the climate control and the revised infotainment system. The touchscreen has grown from seven to eight inches and the navigation function provided by TomTom works flawlessly and gets real-time traffic data via the driver’s smartphone – but vainly searches for games like an inductive charging cradle or a head-up display. Otherwise, Mitsubishi has mainly tried to make the interior a bit higher quality. With dubious success: The materials are still rather cheap, the processing here and there a bit inaccurate. In terms of space, nothing has changed with the facelift, in front you are sitting quite well, in the back it gets really tight for the head; in both rows, the seats are mounted quite high. The trunk is 406 to 1.
The biggest revolution took place under the hood. Although the ASX still only has a single engine, the last remaining 1.6-liter petrol engine has had its day and will be replaced by the two-liter four-cylinder that has been in service in the US models so far. The 110 kW / 150 hp not only brings about 30 percent more power, but also increases torque from 154 to 195 Newton meters. The lie only at high 4,200 tours, because a turbo waived Mitsubishi. If you switch gears quickly, you can now bring the ASX up to 100 km / h in 10.2 instead of 12.2 seconds, the top speed increases moderately from 183 to 190 km / h, the trailer load increases by 100 kilograms to 1.3 tons. Much more important than the dynamics plus: with the new engine also the all-wheel drive returns to the offer,
The 4×4 system works in the classic manner: the rear axle is powered as required by an electronically controlled clutch, the road is dry, only two percent of the power to the rear, the system detects slip sends it half the force aft. The lock function can be used to force the maximum torque at the rear axle, which can be an advantage when starting off on a bad surface; the front-wheel drive 2WD operation should save fuel. How much the ASX consumed, is not fixed yet, on our first, leisurely test round with the extremely relaxed, well-balanced all-wheel drive certified the on-board computer well eight liters.
And there is another novelty to report: While the six-speed automatic has flown out of the program with the all-wheel-drive diesel, the ASX is now available again with a continuously variable CVT transmission that reduces the driver’s gearshifting work – in four-wheel drive the quasi-automatic always on board, for the front-wheel drive version, it is available at extra cost. Although the CVT does not quite come up to the comfort of a converter automatic transmission, responds to the brisk gas command sometimes a little time-delayed and under full load is still quite loud, but is not nearly as inharmonious as its predecessor and in everyday life definitely one good alternative for switching lazy. The two-second plus in the Hundertersprint, which the front-wheeled handset can retract compared to its predecessor,
Mitsubishi ASX – Specifications:
compact SUV, front- / four-wheel drive, length: 4.37 meters, width without mirrors: 1.77 meters, height: 1.64 meters, wheelbase: 2.67 meters, curb weight: from 1.355 kg , Trunk volume: 406 liters
2.0 2WD (in parentheses with CVT)
two-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, 110 kW / 150 hp, maximum torque: 195 Nm at 6,000 rpm, five-speed manual transmission (continuously variable transmission), 0-100 km / h : 10,2 (11,7) s, Vmax: 190 km / h, fuel consumption: k. A., CO2 emissions: not specified, emission standard: k. A., efficiency class: Euro 6d TEMP., Price: k. A.
Two-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, 110 kW / 150 hp, maximum torque: 195 Nm at 6,000 rpm, continuously variable transmission, 0-100 km / h: 12.2 s, Vmax: 190 km / h, fuel consumption: k. A., CO2 emissions: not specified, emission standard: k. A., efficiency class: Euro 6d TEMP, price: k. A.
Why: Because he looks really pretty with now and is also higher quality inside.
Why not: Because he drives behind in terms of connectivity and assistance systems.
What else: Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq, Renault Kadjar, Peugeot 3008, Opel Grandland X
When he comes: September 2019