Mitsubishi ASX (2022): compact SUV with technology from Renault

Market launch and price: New ASX coming in early 2023

The Mitsubishi ASX goes into the next round, but that is completely unknown SUV Not. Because the Japanese looked around on the shelf at Renault and quickly decided on the Captur as the basis.

The new one is still at the end of 2022 Mitsubishi ASX can be ordered, the first models will be delivered to dealers at the beginning of 2023. In terms of price, the Japanese should be in the region of its technology brother, which currently starts at 23,150 euros.

Appearance and dimensions: few differences to the Renault Captur

But let’s start at the beginning: The first ASX came onto the market in 2010, the technology comes from the somewhat outdated Outlander, the optics have been revised to a greater or lesser extent over and over again. With the new generation, the ASX builds on the CMF-B platform, which is also the capture used.
Mitsubishi ASX

The Mitsubishi lettering on the rear reveals the ASX, and the reversing camera is in the center instead of the logo.

Visually, the differences between the two compact SUVs are rather small. The ASX adopts the shape of the radiator grille, whose struts arranged parallel to the logo are new, as well as its standard LED headlights from the French.

New ASX will be significantly more compact than before

The front, side air intakes are not only there for looks, but also have a function, directing air from the front to the front wheels and past them. Basically, its body shape is already dated Renault known. There is no logo at the rear, making room for the reversing camera.

In terms of dimensions, the new ASX has shrunk significantly to compete in the compact SUV segment. With a length of 4.29 meters, it is around 14 centimeters shorter than its predecessor, has also lost seven centimeters in height and has a three centimeter shorter wheelbase, which is noticeable in the interior.

Dimensions at a glance:

length: 4228 mm (- 137 mm to the predecessor)
Broad: 1797 mm (+27 mm to predecessor)
Height: 1573 mm (-67 mm to predecessor)
wheelbase: 2639 mm (- 31 mm to the predecessor)
trunk volume: 265 (plug-in) / 422 – 1475 liters (depending on engine)

Interior: soft touch in front, hard plastic in back

The smaller dimensions of the new ASX are particularly noticeable in the interior, with tall people having legroom and headroom quickly becoming tight. You should also duck your head to be on the safe side when entering due to the slightly sloping roof line. And the trunk also had to lose something, now offering between 265 liters for the plug-in hybrid and 422 liters for the combustion engine.

Mitsubishi ASX

The shorter dimensions and the shorter wheelbase are particularly noticeable in the rear, where things are much more cramped.

In the cockpit, the space is already much more pleasant, and getting in works better. Sure, it’s not luxurious here either, but you don’t sit as cramped as in the rear. And the proximity to the Captur is also noticeable here, apart from the Mitsubishi logo that sits enthroned on the steering wheel, there are no surprises.

New infotainment and more assistants

A nice detail: the dashboard and the front door panels are covered with soft-touch surfaces and feel quite soft, not necessarily typical in this class. In the rear, on the other hand, these soft-touch elements were saved, here a large area of ​​hard plastic welcomes you.

Above all, the infotainment is new, new assistants help with lane keeping, parking and parking and with the overview in road traffic. The large displays are installed in our press vehicle. Means: 9.3-inch infotainment in portrait format with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a fully customizable 10.25-inch digital cockpit behind the steering wheel.
Mitsubishi ASX

On request there is the 9.3-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wireless), seven inches are standard.

In addition to the navigation and other amenities, the central screen can also be used to control the driving modes, there are three of them. The Eco mode is responsible for maximum efficiency, Sport for dynamic exits. The third driving mode Pure stands for purely electric driving and is reserved for the plug-in hybrid.

Engines and drive: Gasoline and hybrid drives in the ASX

There will initially be five engines under the hood. The entry is a one-liter three-cylinder with turbocharging and 91 hp (67 kW) and a maximum of 160 Nm torque. Above that is a 1.3-liter four-cylinder, also with forced ventilation and with 140 hp (103 kW) and 260 Nm. There’s also a six-speed manual transmission.

Who is at 1.3er opts for the automatic (7-speed DSG), gets 158 hp a few extra horses and ten Newton meters more maximum torque.

No diesel, but also no all-wheel drive variant

In addition, there is a full hybrid in the program, whose 1.6-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine achieves 143 hp (105 kW), the plug-in hybrid comes with the same 1.6 Naturally aspirated petrol engine and 160 hp.

Mitsubishi ASX

At the market launch there are three petrol engines, a full hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, the power range is between 91 and 160 hp.

A diesel variant of the new ASX is not offered, and the CVT of the predecessor is also history. The four-wheel drive of the SUV flies out of the program, all engines will come with front-wheel drive. A bit of a shame, but if the price is right in the end, the ASX should be able to hold its own.

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