Mitsubishi ASX

Thursday, 8 September 2011
Available in either two- or all-wheel drive configurations, the ASX is a milestone vehicle for Mitsubishi, introducing the company’s first-ever diesel engined passenger vehicle to the Australian market. And its first attempt is pretty good one!

The ASX provides a bridge between the popular Lancer and Outlander line-ups.

As a two-wheel drive, the ASX 2WD is offered with a lively, fuel-efficient 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine that drives the front wheels through a choice of either five-speed manual gearbox or smooth stepless Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

The mid range ASX 4WD introduces not only Mitsubishi's first-ever diesel engine for a passenger car in Australia, but also the most fuel efficient in its class.

This has been achieved through the world's first application of variable valve timing to a passenger car diesel engine with the all-new DiD engine featuring Mitsubishi's MIVEC system.

With a capacity of 1.8-litres and maximum outputs of 110kW of power and 300Nm of torque, the turbodiesel engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox resulting in an official fuel consumption of just 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres.

If you’re thinking that this level of economy would make the SX a dull drive then think again. The diesel test car we drove was a tonne of fun and nipping around town was a breeze!

Whilst still very capable, the 2.0-litre petrol engine with CVT just couldn’t match the 1.8-litre diesel engine with six-speed for driveability.
Precise and direct steering is provided by electric power assisted steering that offers a light and lively feel and kerb to kerb turning circle of 10.6m, perfect for easy manoeuvring in tight urban situations.

Mitsubishi say that the ASX is based on their “Compact Dynamism” styling blueprint that blends smooth profiles and sloping curves.
The interior appointments of the ASX are designed to complement the sophisticated lines of the exterior.

The ASX is also strong on the safety gear too, it combines an extensive array of safety features fitted standard across the range.

These include ASTC (Active Stability Control with Traction Control), Hill Start Control system, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, and seven airbags, including driver and passenger front, side and curtain, and driver knee airbag.

The three-model lineup of ASX 2WD, ASX 4WD and ASX Aspire are all comprehensively equipped.

Standard features include fully automatic climate control air-conditioning with air filter, cruise control, front and rear electric windows and exterior mirrors, electric tailgate opener, AM/FM radio/CD/MP3 player with auxiliary and USB inputs, variable intermittent windscreen wipers, tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment and 16-inch alloy wheels (17-inch on the Aspire).

A Convenience Pack combining Bluetooth 2.0 handsfree phone connectivity with steering wheel mounted controls, steering wheel mounted audio controls, chrome muffler tip and rear parking sensors is optionally available on all two-wheel drive variants.

For those who wish to venture off the beaten track, the four-wheel drive ASX is fitted with the Mitsubishi AWD electronically controlled four-wheel drive system

The top of the line all-wheel drive ASX Aspire combines all the safety, versatility, and comfort features of the ASX 4WD and adds a number of luxury features that are rarely found in this class of vehicle.

These include leather seats with seat heating for driver and front passenger, power driver's seat, keyless operating system with a one-touch start, rain sensing automatic windscreen wipers and dusk sensing automatic lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, and chrome accents for the radiator grille and belt line moulding.

The Aspire also has the optional glass panoramic roof (which is massive) and amber LED ambient lighting that can be set to three levels of brightness just to set the right mood.

Mitsubishi provides a strong warranty on all ASX vehicles, including a comprehensive five year/130,000 km whole vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five year/130,000 kilometre roadside assistance package.

Prices for the ASX start at around $25,990 plus on roads for the 2WD petrol and go up to 36,990 plus roads for the top of line Aspire.

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