Mitsubishi is about to enter the compact crossover segment with its all-new ASX (Active Smart Crossover)
The Mitsubishi ASX is a lightweight, compact SUV that incorporates the functionality of a hatchback.
Buyers will have a wide range of ASX models to choose from, with two 2WD models and three 4WD variants. There are two engine options available - a 2-litre DOHC MIVEC Petrol Engine, and a 1.8-litre DOHC MIVEC Intercooled Turbo Diesel Engine inside the 4WD Diesel Sport.
The 2-litre engine is mated to a constantly variable transmission (CVT) in both front- and four-wheel-drive models. The 1.8-litre petrol engine is available only with four-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox.
Mitsubishi says the two MIVEC engines deliver fuel economy and CO2 figures of 7.9 L/100Km and 184 g/Km on the 2WD models, while the 4WD comes in at 8.1 L/100Km and 188 g/Km. The Sport model rounds out the range with 5.9 L/100Km and C02 emissions of 155 g/Km.
All three sport models are equipped with steering wheel mounted audio controls and Bluetooth on the Sport Models. The one-touch start engine is a new feature, joining Electronic Power Steering, a high ride height, and impact resistant front guard.
"The ASX is such a smart, efficient package we think city dwellers who own hatches and sedans will see it as a step up", said Mitsubishi Head of Sales & Marketing Strategy, Daniel Cook. "All the SUV plusses like lots of space flexibility and the panoramic driving position, plenty of vitality and ooomph, but without the bulk that often just isn't practical in the city and suburbs".
All ASXs will be available in a variety of paint colours including the new Kingfisher Blue and Titanium, as well as Rose Red, Cool Silver, Amethyst Black, Atlantic Blue, and Cardrona White.
The ASX goes on sale at Mitsubishi dealers from 1 August 2010.
LS 2WD $35, 490
Sport 2WD $38,990
LS 4WD $37,990
Sport 4WD $41,990
D4 Sport Manual 4WD $45,990