Mitsubishi Will reveal a long awaited second generation ASX This September, and it will offer a range of turbocharged, hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines – and will use a platform shared with alliance partners Nissan and Renault.
As indicated by the teaser image provided, it is expected to be very similar to Renault Captur, a major European retailer.
However, Mitsubishi has yet to announce this new ASX for Australia, where the current generation model is expected to carry for the foreseeable future.
“At this stage, the ASX announced in Europe remains the only European-market offer,” said a spokesman for Mitsubishi Australia.
“This is an important segment for Mitsubishi in Australia and we are focused on the current generation of ASX.
“We are further evaluating how to best serve the segment in the long run and will release more information on this in due course.”
If Mitsubishi Australia is unable to offer the European ASX outside of the current version’s life cycle, it could double-down and focus more as the main small SUV alternative to the Eclipse Cross of the same size.
If the new ASX is exclusive to Europe, it will be on the same boat as the upcoming Renault Clio-based Colt in 2023 – or, perhaps more accurately, it will not be loaded on the boat at all.
The next ASX will also use a Renault platform; Probably the same CMF-B platform, it forms a close relationship with Renault Captur.
With a new teaser for the rear end of the crossover, Mitsubishi has released details of the ASX’s five powertrains. The engine line-up of the new SUV mirrors the European-market Captur.
The range opens with a weed 67kW turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine Combined with a six-speed manual transmission.
A 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine Available with either 103 kW Power and a six-speed manual, or 116 kW With a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
A 1.6-liter hybrid powertrain Uses two electric motors and a 1.3kWh battery, with total system output 107 kW.
Finally, a 1.6-liter plug-in hybrid powertrain Uses and manufactures two electric motors and a large 10.5kWh battery 118 kW.
In the capture, the 1.6-liter plug-in hybrid WLTP claimed 50km of electrical range in cycles.
In contrast, the current ASX is offered with the naturally coveted 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines, with the former 110kW and 197Nm and the latter 123kW and 222Nm.
Both engines have a continuously variable transmission, although the smaller engine is offered with a five-speed manual.
Renault-based Mitsubishis will have “differences that reflect the DNA of the Mitsubishi brand,” according to the company, but it’s not clear how different they will be.
The teasers of the new ASX show a strong resemblance to the captors
The new ASX will be a key product for the company in Europe, where the current model has recently been discontinued.
Mitsubishi initially announced that it plans to withdraw from Europe in 2020, only to withdraw the decision in 2021 and to announce Renault-based Colt and ASX.
The question of what the future holds for ASX in Australia remains unanswered.
The current Japanese-made model is sold not only here, but also in its home market as the RVR and in the US as the Outlander Sport.
The current ASX debuted in 2010, but was built on the same platform as the now-defunct Lancer released in 2007. It has had many facelifts since then, but at its core is a 15-year-old car.
Despite the age, car sales in Australia have been strong throughout life. In 2021, it was Australia’s second-highest-selling small SUV class behind the MG ZS range and ahead of the Mazda CX-30.
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