- ‘Urbanised’ SUV for a South African lifestyle
- Major changes inside, outside, and under
- Improved mechanics, shining footwear
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Mitsubishi’s ASX sport ute has been updated for young city slickers with a revised nose, overall improved styling, enhanced styling inside and out, and reworked mechanicals.
”Under the skin,” its maker says, ”this crossover should attract new customers to an SUV lifestyle, build on the trust, performance, and reliability that made it such a success in the urban jungle through the previous eight years.”
Nic Campbell, Mitsubishi Motors SA’s general manager, added: “The new ASX is more attractive,,front and rear, and has a number of performance improvements.”
The ASX arrived in South Africa back in 2011, its target younger families keen to try Mitsubishi SUV way of life.
Campbell again: “2019 was a landmark for Mitsubishi Motors SA with the introduction of various models; the significantly refreshed ASX will maintain the momentum as our first new of 2020.
“The new ASX offers the best balance in design, technology and price and serves as an attractive crossover SUV with a spacious cabin, roomy boot, and fuel efficiency.”
The front has a new bonnet shape, diode head-, fog-, and running lights, a redesigned grille and a new front-bumper face. The tail, the automaker adds, also has new diode lights arrays and 18″ alloy wheel rims,
The new range of exterior colours includes various shades of pearl, silver, grey, red and blue.
New or revised features in the cabin include the front centre console, cabin controls and an improved Smartphone-link Display Audio with a new 20cm display, touch controls, and a USB power socket. The system will handle Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Black leather upholstery is also standard, as are a glass roof, electric steering assistance and tilt/telescoping steering column for the leather-wrapped and multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, auto aircon, and power windows all round.
The SUV’s all-aluminium engine promises 110kW/197Nm to spin a six-step, constantly variable, transmission. There’s also a perhaps more exciting five-speed manual transmission, but either can two 1260kg on a braked trailer for the manual box but only 750kg unbraked for the CVT.
Cabin cargo capacity is listed as 1206kg in a volume of 406 litres and driving assistance comes from hill-start assistance and extra control on gravel. Passenger protection includes seven crash-mitigation bags and an all-round stronger bodyshell.
The new ASX also has keyless security and push-button igntion.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
2020 ASX 5-speed – R379 995
2020 ASX 6-speed a/t – CVT R399 995
Warranty and service: Three-year or 100 000km* manufacturer’s warranty, five-year or 90 000km* service plan, and a
five-year, unlimited distance, promise of roadside assistance.
Normal service intervals 15 000km or annually.
*Whichever comes first.