The new ASX takes advantage in its own way of joining forces within the Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi alliance and re-enters the B-SUV arena.
The «badge engineering» it's nothing new. It has been strongly in the foreground, and indeed for decades now, and will be, as all evidence suggests, for many more. Both in the field of motoring, and more broadly in construction industry.
In essence, it is a practice in which a manufacturer takes the product of another “homogenous” brand and it changes only a few details, which in the majority of cases concern the design, but also other, minor parameters, such as the color choices and the goodies that equip it. And of course name of the “new” product.
This is exactly his case ASX second generationof a vehicle which uses as a “donor”, as early as mid-2023, the Captur, shamelessly exploiting the economies of scale that arise for the even more “active” in Europe Mitsubishi in the context of its alliance with Renault and Nissan.
The ASX is clearly one B-SUV. And at the same time another member in the four-wheeled passenger car family of the Japanese company, next to the small one Space Star, the new Colt and plug-in hybrid Eclipse Cross, while in 2024 one will make its premiere new flagship model with a rechargeable drive system and in 2025 one brand new BEV which will also come from within the Franco-Japanese alliance.
Mitsubishi ASX: Outside and inside
With identical basic exterior dimensions to its twin brother from France (4,228×1,797×1,573 mm), the ASX differentiates itself visually thanks to details that attempt to give it the coveted “character Mitsubishi». Like the Dynamic Shield mask on the front which highlights the familiar three diamond logo, the “ASX” logos perimeter of the body and the inscription of the maker's name along the fifth door. Different designs alloy wheels, the five metallic finishes Crystal White, Sunrise Red, Onyx Black, Royal Blue, Steel Gray and the simple Charcoal Blue, along with the Onyx Black roof shade which can be ordered in the Intense Plus version, complete the “package” of variations.
Inside, the latter are even fewer as even the most experienced eye will detect no deviations from the French B-SUV – apart from the Mitsubishi logo in the center of the steering wheel. The rear seat, which is sliding along the longitudinal axis of the car at a distance 160 mm, it's here, increasing cargo space in the back by 114 liters, now of 442 liters provided between the boot floor and the seats up to the height of his back. From now on, rear passenger quarters won't excite, but they won't disappoint either given the length of 2,639 mm. of the wheelbase, while “very good” is the grade obtained by Mitsubishi's new B-SUV in the field of tangible quality, thanks also to the soft plastics in the upper part of the dashboard, but also ergonomics, benefiting from a very good driving position and sufficient storage spaces for small items in the cabin.
Otherwise, the rest of the picture is what we know. The centrally placed screen Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) acts as the main interface between the driver and the vehicle and infotainment systems. This is available in horizontal or vertical layout, with a diagonal of 7 and 9.3 inches for the Invite Plus and Intense Plus versions respectively, both with standard compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Behind the steering wheel with the hearty rim lies a display screen also determined by your… wallet. In the first equipment version of the version with the 1,300 petrol engine we find a analog instrument panel with a built-in small 4.2-inch screen, while on the second “staircase” a fully digital layout that can be fully personalized, with a diagonal of 10 inches.
Mitsubishi ASX: The mild-hybrid heart
Under the hood of our test car “lives” another old acquaintance of ours. In this case, the 1,300hp gasoline engine with 12V mild hybrid system which we saw, for example, in the Qashqai, also with maximum performance 140 horsepower and torque that reaches the 260 Nm, which are consistently delivered from 1,750 to 3,500 rpm. It has direct spray and electronically controlled waste gate and cooperates exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmissionsecuring the heavy body with ballast 1,799 kg decent performance (0-100 km/h in 10.3 seconds and a top speed of 193 km/h). It pulls positively from low revs, and doesn't struggle at… full throttle, though it is not distinguished by its more civilized functionwhile also its economy he claims no laurels fluctuating with average movement rates just under the informal barrier of 9 liters for every 100 kilometers of travel.
On the road the ASX is easy to drive. The steering wheel with the almost 2.6 turns from side to side contributes significantly to this, as does its “light” feel, which in turn will not be a problem at faster rates. The post is relevant tight in regulation, but without this translating into… a heavy price in terms of the comfort enjoyed by the passengers in the cabin, despite its occasionally abrupt reactions semi-rigid rear axle when the respective wheels go over the sharp irregularities of the Greek roads. Not the brakes, despite the presence of drums on the rear axle, they stand up to the circumstances and requirements, which also applies to the inclinations that the body exhibits under pressure. Here again, the ASX won't surprise its driver, with its usual reaction to error or exaggeration being the intervention of electronic systems which, for the most part, will “suffocate” the understeer stresses at the boundary and on surfaces with a low coefficient of friction.
Cashing in on the new Mitsubishi ASX
The new ASX is available with a range of drive systems to cover a multitude of requirements. The basic version is powered by one turbocharged, 3-cylinder gasoline engine with a capacity of 1.0 liters and an output of 91 hpwhile immediately after “our”, the “present” is given by two hybrids, h Full-Hybrid, with 143 hpand the plug-in hybrid with 160 hp.
For our test mild hybrid, Mitsubishi offers the Invite Plus edition and Intense Plus, with the first having 17-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment, automatic air conditioning, analog instrument panel and 7-inch screen, keyless entry and locking system, cruise control with speed limiter, front and rear parking sensors and camera, LED headlights, electrically folding and heated mirrors, rain sensor, heated steering wheel and front seats, as well as driver assistance systems such as Forward Collision Mitigation,System (FCM), Lane Departure Warning (LCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) ), in the price of 28.990€.
The richest version, with additional 18-inch alloy wheels, 10-inch digital instrument panel and 9.3-inch SDA screen, two USB sockets in the cabin, fabric and leather seat covers, electric parking brake, Multi Sense system that allows the selection of different drive modes , height-adjustable seats and additional assistance systems such as Overspeed Prevention, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW), costs 32.940€.
It is worth noting that the ASX, like all Mitsubishi models in Greece, is now available with 5 year warranty/100,000 km and 5 years free servicewhich includes the cost of labor and parts as part of the periodic maintenance program.
SYSTEM MOVEMENT: b/k + mild hybrid > MOBILITY: 1,333 cc > POWER: 140 hp/4,500-6,000 rpm > TORQUE: 260/1,750-3,500 rpm> movement: On the front wheels >BOX: 6-speed manual > SUSPENSION FRONT: Macpherson Knees > SUSPENSION BACK: Semi-rigid shaft > L x W x H: 4,228 x 1,797 x 1,573 mm > SILK: 2,639 mm > SPACE LUGGAGE: 442 liters >WEIGHT: 1,799 kg >0-100 KM/H: 10.3 min. > FINAL SPEED: 193 km/h > WAIST consumption TEST: 8.8 lt./100 km >BROADCAST CO2: 130-131 g/km >PRICE: From 28,990 euros