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Mitsubishi SA focuses on catering for smaller family SUVs

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MITSUBISHI: Image: Mitsubishi SA
MITSUBISHI GOES COMPACT:: Image: Mitsubishi SA

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mitsubishi Motors SA has launched a compact-SUV range to, it says, ”emphasise their value for money at less than R500 000”.

The full range will now include, according to MMSA’s general manager Nic Campbell:
ASX ES
ASX ES CVT
Eclipse Cross 2×4 CVT
Eclipse Cross 4×4 CVT
Outlander 4×4 CVT

The compact range does not include the brand’s full-size SUV units – the mighty Pajero and Pajero Sport.

Campbell added: “The latest addition to the range – the Eclipse Cross – fits neatly in a compact SUV sandwich with the ASX below and the Outlander on top. Pricewise, our compact SUV range is comprehensive.”

MITSUBISHI: Image: Mitsubishi SA
MITSUBISHI: Image: Mitsubishi SA

The complete compact SUV range, Mitsubishi explains, shares a design language that uses two ”crucial elements” to make up its single unifying identity: protection and performance.

”The brand-new ASX ES,” the automaker says, ”focuses on easy everyday use and a value-for-money specification similar to the rest of Mitsubishi Motors’ products by combining adventure with practicality.”

Here’s a list of what’s on offer…:

  • RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) bodyshell containing seven crash bags
  • Side anti-intrusion protection bars
  • Whiplash injury reduction seats (we’d guess that means head-restraints?)
  • Collapsible steering column
  • IsoFix kiddie-seat anchors
  • Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-pressure and distribution control

There are also:

  • Daytime running lights)
  • Hill-start assistance (CVT derivative)
  • Rear parking radar
  • Rearvew camera
  • Speed-sensing auto door-locking
  • Keyless ignition
  • Electronic traction control (CVT derivative)

Power comes from a two-litre, multipoint, fuel-injected, engine capable of 110kW / 197Nm
Five-speed manual or six-speed constantly variable transmission
Fuel 7.5 litres/100km for each transmissonswhich, the automaker says, should give about 800km from the 63-litre tank.

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The cabin is topped by a glass roof and contains: electric steering-power assistance through a tilt/telescope steering column, multifunction leather-clad steering wheel bearing cruise control and Bluetooth communications controls.

A multi-info display includes a touchscreen for radio/CD and MP3 player.

Auto aircon, power windows and USB and accessory sockets are also standard.

MITSUBISHI: Image: Mitsubishi SA
MITSUBISHI GOES COMPACT:: Image: Mitsubishi SA

Camping trips (or month-end shopping binge) will be eased by boot space (normally 442 litres but up to 1193 litres with the rear seats folded.

Campbell with the last word: “Each is packed with practical, easy-to-use, equipment usually needed daily though this can be upgraded to order with a number of accessories.”

…AND SO TO THE PRICES:

Misubishi ASX ES manual – R359 995
Mitsubishi ASX ES CVT – R379 995

The ASX will be covered by a Mitsubishi warranty for three years or 100 000km (whichever comes first), a five-year or 90 000km service plan and five years of roadside assistance cover.

Service intervals: 15 000km.

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