- Model described as ‘cross-over SUV for stylish adventurers’
- Maker claims enough space, practicality, safety, versatility
- Easy to drive ‘with fuel consumption of a smaller car
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mitsubishi has created a limited-edition version of its ASX Sport SUV (November 2018) with the promise of a range of extra ”sporty” equipment that would otherwise add R30 000 to the price.
”It’s an upgraded model with a bolder ,yet sportier, look and huge added value,” Mitsibishi told The Corner
Based on the Mitsubishi ASX GLX and available in grey and white, the new Mitsubishi ASX Sport boasts R30 000 worth of additional equipment at the same price as the base model.
Nic Campbell, Mitsubishi Motors SA’s general manager, explained: “Our target market includes people who would like the benefits of a compact SUV – space, safety, practicality, higher ride height and is easy to drive – but with the fuel-efficiency of a smaller car.
SEVEN CRASH BAGS
“Such customers use their vehicle in town, on weekend outings, for country trips, exploring unknown destinations – and, of course, holidays.
”The extra-value ASX does, of course, also have its sister model’s standard features – among them daytime running lights, flexible seating, generous boot space and advanced passive and active safety technology.
That translates to seven crash bags and diode headlights.
Adding a sportier look to go with the new name, the ASX Sport can be distinguished from other derivatives by a limited-edition Sport decal set that includes carbon-fibre inserts and high-visibility black and orange reflective strips.
GREAT NEW SOUND
A set of new gloss-black alloy wheel rims, Mitsubishi says, sets the new ASX Sport apart from the rest of the range while adding to its bold and sporty.
The biggest addition to the ASX Sport, Campbell emphasises, is the Apple and Android capability of a hugely upgraded infotainment system. It has a 19cm LCD screen, Bluetooth, GPS, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Touch Key Buttons and USB connectors.
INFO SYSTEM ‘HUGE BENEFIT’
The Bluetooth allows for hands-free phone calls and streaming music delivered by your smartphone – all of this controlled through the LCD touchscreen.
“The new infotainment system is a huge added benefit to the new ASX Sport,” Campbell adds. “The new system allows occupants to remain connected at all times and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto fulfils the need for entertainment, ease of use and connectivity – any time and anywhere, including out in country,.”
”ASX Sport carpets distinguish the cabin,” Campbell added. “The practical and luxurious interior offers the same roominess as that of the standard model but with additional features, of which the new infotainment system is the most valuable.”
That means auto door locks.
The ASX Sport is powered by a two-litre MiVEC engine delivering output through a five-speed manual transmission; the 63-litre fuel tank should deliver about 800km on the open road.
Safety features include a reinforced shell the seven crash bags, side-impact rejection bars, extra whiplast head protection, collapsible steering-wheel, child-seat anchors, anti-lock brakes, rear parking radar and a rear-view camera.
LEATHER AND A SUN ROOF
Parents, that last is particularly important when the kids are running around in the garden but is mainly for accurate reverse parking.
The seating upholstery is leather, the front seats have heating elements and power-adjustable and above everything is a full-length glass roof.
“The new Mitsubishi ASX Sport Limited Edition is the ideal cross-over to an SUV for young families or urban people who also love to reach to the outdoors,” says Campbell. “The unchanged price compared to the standard model offers uncompromised value that is unlikely to be repeated soon.”
PRICES, WARRANTY AND SERVICE
ASX prices start at R400 000 and, as with the rest of the ASX range, is covered by a three-year or 100 000km manufacturer’s warranty and a five-year of 90 000km service plan.
Service intervals: 15 000km.