- Changes made ‘after extensive research’
- ‘Diamond’ rims under redesigned cabin
- New features – but NO price increase
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mitsubishi says it has improved the design of its flagship ASX SUV range with a refreshed nose, sides, and rear greater ”road presence”.
New body trim, the automaker says, ”distinguishes the GLS CVT from its ASX sisters”.
The automaker says the changes have followed ”extensive” market research and that some of the front, side and rear styling changes have made the ASX ”even more appealing for modern crossover SUV drivers”.
The company lists:
Grille redesign, new bumpers (the front with a honeycomb above the lower spoiler), diode daytime lights, diode rear foul-weather light, a redesigned cabin centre console with two USB ports and a padded cellphone tray.
‘DIAMOND’ ALLOY RIMS
More cabin updates include a new red-stitched seat design and soft kneepads,
New 18” diamond-cut alloy wheel rims and a new body colour (silver) distinguishes the GLS CVT from the rest of the ASX range.
Nic Campbell, Mitsubishi Motors SA’s general manager, told The Corner: “The cosmetic changes and technical enhancements make this new GLS an ideal family cross-over for any trip or destination.
“Mitsubishi’s new six-step constantly variable transmission CVT is gaining popularity in the crossover market and we believe it is one of the best on the market.”
LOTS OF LEATHER
CVT ‘gearboxes’ started with a poor reputation for jerkiness and a mind-numbing whine but most automakers – Mitsubishi included – have largely overcome these drawbacks. Mitsubishi tells The Corner they’ve become a frequent feature in small city cars and crossover SUV’s.
They are said to keep the engine in its optimum power range to minimise fuel burn and therefore exhaust emissions and to give ”seamless” transmission shifts.
The range-topping ASX has lots of leather: it’s on the multi-function steering-wheel as well as the seats.
”Over and above the already high standard specification offered by the ASX (such as seven crash bags) are stability and traction control and hill-start assistance (though why that last should be necessary on what is essentially an automatic is a puzzle to The Corner).
Also standard are a chromatic rearview mirror, rear camera and radar, heatable folding external mirrors and keyless ignition. GLS units also have a full-length glass roof / sunshade and diode ”mood” lighting.
Campbell added in the media release: “This new model is Mitsubishi’s flagship lifestyle crossover. It has more ride height than other models, extensive active and passive crash protection.”
“Best of all is our maintaining the retail price at the same level as the previous GLS CVT despite the improvments.”
Prices start at R400 000.
The vehicles are covered by a three-year or 100 000km manufacturer’s warranty and a five-year or 90 000km service plan. Service intervals: 15 000km.