Mitsubishi ASX: New model line-up reaches showrooms
By Kyle Linsay
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 11:00
Exterior design changes see two-tone 18” alloy wheels and more dynamic looking wheel arches added to the mid and high specification ASX models which give the exterior a fresh new look. Widespread updates to the interior, including a new ergonomically enhanced three-spoke steering wheel, improve refinement across the range.
The Mitsubishi ASX is now available with a new Euro 6 compliant1.6 turbo diesel engine. This frugal yet punchy unit produces 112bhp and just 119g/km CO2, meaning zero VED in the first year of ownership.
The new range has also undergone a name change, with the new line-up consisting of the entry level ASX ZC, the mid-level ASX ZC-M, and the range topping ASX ZC-H.
With over 700,000 units sold around the world since its launch, the ASX is a global success.
Mitsubishi’s clever and capable crossover has always stood out from the crowd – and with the revised model just arriving in dealerships, it will soon be attracting more attention than ever. The crossover marketplace has grown rapidly in recent years and Mitsubishi Motors has been a key player in this important segment. The ASX is a stylish, well-priced, practical contender that has won many admirers and delivers genuine driving pleasure.
Under the Bonnet
The ASX has the choice of three Euro 6 compliant engines: A 1.6 petrol with 115bhp. The new 1.6 Di-D turbo-diesel with 112bhp which produces just 119g/km CO2, and the existing 2.2 DOHC 16V engine found in Outlander.
Stylish and Practical
Based on the same platform as the Outlander, Lancer and Lancer Evolution X, the ASX bridges the gap between Mitsubishi’s conventional passenger cars and its rugged off-roaders. Practicality and versatility are key to the appeal of the ASX. With a wheelbase to match the Outlander, passenger space is generous, with the flexible seating inside making the ASX just the right size for customers looking for a practical, enjoyable family car.
Green Thinking and Economical
Helping the ASX achieve its impressive economy and emissions figures are low rolling resistance tyres and intelligent power management, to allow the ASX to return its impressive consumption figures. Indeed, every aspect of the ASX has been engineered with its environmental performance in mind, to help create not just an enjoyable, versatile family vehicle, but a responsible one too.
Something for Everyone
The ASX has a choice of petrol or diesel two-wheel-drive versions. For those requiring the security of four-wheel-drive, ASX also offers off-road capability based on the proven capabilities of the bigger Outlander off-roader.
All models include a spacious, family-friendly interior and offer a comfortable, refined ride.
Like other models in the Mitsubishi range, ASX is temptingly priced but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking key standard equipment. All models have alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric windows and keyless entry. Other desirable features such as Bluetooth, leather upholstery, satellite navigation, seat heaters and a reversing camera are available.
Be Safe, Not Sorry
The ASX isn’t just environmentally aware, it’s a safe choice too. The ASX incorporates Mitsubishi’s RISE safety technology which dissipates energy from an impact away from the passenger compartment. The ASX also has ABS anti-lock braking, Active Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist and Emergency Stop Signal System, Hill Start Assist, ISOFIX child seat anchorage and seven airbags as standard. The result is a reduced likelihood of an accident, but should a collision be unavoidable, the ASX not only provides outstanding levels of occupant protection – with a 5 Star Euro NCAP rating – but also excellent impact protection.
ASX ZC: The Mitsubishi ASX ZC is the entry-level ASX but even this model comes fully-loaded with equipment – such as alloy wheels; air conditioning; Active Stability and Traction Control; remote keyless entry and seven airbags. In addition, there is a new leather and gloss black steering wheel with thumb grips and audio controls; leather gear knob; plus front fog lights with bulb-type daytime running lights and chrome bezels. Also included are the following great features: a USB port; chrome grille and beltline moulding; privacy glass; chrome exhaust finisher; a cup holder in the rear arm rest and a high-contrast LCD display.
ASX ZC-M: The Mitsubishi ASX ZC-M moves the game on. It adds two-tone 18-inch alloys plus black wheel-arch garnishes; climate control; push-start button; parking sensors; privacy glass; front fog lamps; cruise control and six speakers. KOS (Keyless Operation System) is a primary feature and the car also benefits from auto light and rain sensors. There are Xenon super-wide HID headlamps with auto levelling and headlamp washers along with LED DRLs. Heated front seats and a leather steering wheel add touches of luxury. Leather upholstery is an option too – and let’s not forget the DAB radio and auto-dimming rear view mirror.
ASX ZC-H: This is the most accomplished ASX of the lot. On top of an already strong list of standard equipment, the ASX ZC-H adds leather upholstery, 4WD and optional automatic transmission. This range topping model also includes a panoramic glass roof which, with its LED mood lighting, sets the tone for endless evening drive possibilities. This car features a factory-fitted Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS). This has the following features: a seven-inch HD touch-screen display; satellite navigation; DAB and FM/AM/LW radio; CD player; SD card compatibility and reversing camera. And it’s worth noting that ASX ZC-H 2.2 4WD Auto has best-in-class CO2 emissions and fuel economy.
The new ASX range has a choice of transmissions. Mated to the 1.5 petrol engine is a 5-speed manual gearbox, whilst the 1.6 diesel engine has a six-speed manual box on both its 2WD and 4WD models. A six-speed auto is the exclusive choice for the 2.2 diesel, a package that comes complete with steering column mounted paddle shifters.
Keenly anticipated by Mitsubishi’s dealer network in the UK, the new ASX range will be available in the following colours:
- Cool Silver (Metallic)
- Orient Red (Metallic)
- Amethyst Black (Metallic)
- Frost White (Solid)
- Granite Brown (Metallic)
- Atlantic Grey (Metallic)
- White Pearl (Pearlescent)
The ASX comes with five year warranty, 12 year anti-corrosion perforation warranty, three year pan-European roadside, home and accident assistance. Servicing on the ASX range is 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever occurs first. The Mitsubishi Service Plan (MSP) is also available for the additional cost of £450 on the 1.6 petrol and 1.6 diesel variants and £675 on the 2.2 diesel variant.
Insurance and Residual Value
The re-aligned ASX range has achieved a competitive insurance group rating of between 15E to 23E depending on the variant. Residual values range from 40% to 46.5% of list price at 3 years/30,000 miles
Mitsubishi Motors UK offers very competitive pricing across the line-up:
|ASX ZC 1.6 Petrol||Manual||£15,249|
|ASX ZC-M 1.6 Petrol||Manual||£17,499|
|ASX ZC-M 1.6 Diesel||Manual||£19,499|
|ASX ZC-H 1.6 Diesel 4WD||Manual||£23,499|
|ASX ZC-H 2.2 Diesel 4WD||Automatic||£24,899|