The last Mitsubishi ASX was a very popular car in the Czech Republic and there was a positive reason for that – simple and honest technology, easy operation, sufficient dimensions and maximum use of space on board.
A look that evokes a sense of déjà vu
nonetheless, this alone is not enough to distinguish it from other urban crossovers – but the excellent all-wheel drive of the ASX means that, especially in combination with the naturally aspirated engine, it was a very solid and usable car . What do you think – Will the new product build on its predecessor?
The new ASX was created as part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, and this collaboration is more than obvious at a glance. nonetheless, thanks to the shape and the new Renault Captur, at least we have a positive overview of the engines.
Mitsubishi ASX engine
The range of engines is quite wide and includes engines with a pure combustion engine, a classic auto-charging hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid drive. The basic engine is a three-cylinder 1.0-liter turbo with 90 horsepower and 160 Nm of torque. It has to do without hybrid assistance and with a six-speed manual transmission.
This is followed by a more powerful four-cylinder 13-liter engine supplemented with a mild hybrid, which helps the internal combustion engine only at high load. The total output of the system is 140 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque and is again paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. This is followed by a more powerful variant of the same drive system with an output of 158 hp and 270 Nm, but it works only with a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox.
There are two other engines based on the naturally aspirated 16-cylinder – in the first case, it is a classic self-charging hybrid, with a combined output of 143 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque. It uses a smaller battery with a capacity of 1.3 kWh, so you can’t drive purely on electricity.
The top motorization will probably be a plug-in hybrid, which in combination with a sixteen-cylinder atmospheric engine gives a combined power of 159 horsepower, the torque is almost the same. Thanks to the 10.5 kWh battery, this engine is the only one that can drive up to 50 kilometers purely on electricity.
The appearance borrowed from a distant cousin from France is already familiar to us like our shoes, so let’s at least remember the interior. Depending on the chosen level of equipment, it can vary surprisingly much – for example, the default engine uses the classic analog alarm clock on the instrument panel with a smaller 4.2-inch display between them.
The highest level of equipment then has a 7-inch digital display, the top engine even a wide-angle instrument panel with a diagonal of 10 and a quarter inches.
The standard display of the infotainment system then has a diagonal of 7 inches and is oriented in width, in contrast, the highest level of equipment already has a display with a diagonal of 9.3 inches and a vertical orientation in the style of a tablet, which supports. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay interface.
In terms of safety, all trim levels and all engines have an emergency braking system, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and parking assistant.
In the higher equipment levels, we can expect blind spot assistant with active lane departure warning and steering intervention if necessary. Top versions will be proud of the adaptive cruise control that will cooperate with the system of active maintenance of the car in the driving line.
It is rumored in the corridors that Mitsubishi originally intended to remove it from the European market completely, but changed its mind at the last minute and agreed to cooperate with Renault – it should be very similar to the Colt type, which will borrow technology from The Renault. Clio.
In the end, it will mainly depend on what pricing policy Mitsubishi agrees with its partners. Just to be sure, let’s remind you that Renault lists the base price of its Captur from 456,000 CZK. Mitsubishi is expected to reveal its pricing policy shortly before the new ASX goes on sale – likely in March 2023.