The updated ASX not only welcomes the introduction of MMC's Dynamic Shield, there is also a shark-fin antenna, revised seat cushions, new seat upholstery across the range and a new Lightning Blue colour option. Variant names in the new ASX range have also been changed, returning to the straightforward ASX 2, ASX 3, ASX 4 and ASX 5 format, and there have been changes to the trim levels too.
The engine range is carried over from the outgoing ASX, with a 117hp, 154Nm 1.6-litre MIVEC petrol engine driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox; a 114hp, 270Nm 1.6-litre DI-D turbo diesel engine with a six-speed manual gearbox (front-wheel drive on ASX 3 / on-demand four-wheel drive on ASX 4) and a 150hp, 260Nm 2.2-litre DI-D turbo diesel combined with on-demand four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission as standard.
In terms of fuel economy and emissions, the 1.6 turbo diesel with front-wheel drive produces CO2 emission of 119 g/km and is capable of 61.4 mpg on the official combined fuel economy cycle, while 4WD versions produce 132 g/km and return 56.5 mpg. The 1.6-litre petrol engine produces emissions of 135 g/km and is capable of 48.7 mpg on the official combined fuel economy cycle, while the 2.2-litre turbo diesel has emissions of 152 g/km and returns 48.7 mpg.
The Mitsubishi ASX 2 is the entry-point to the ASX range, and offers 16-inch alloy wheels; front fog lamps; air conditioning; Bluetooth phone connectivity; a USB port with iPhone compatibility; a leather-trimmed steering wheel; multifunction colour instrument display; electric windows front and rear; rear privacy glass and arm rests for front and rear occupants. Safety equipment includes Mitsubishi Active Stability and Traction Control (M-ASTC), Hill Start Assist and seven airbags as standard. The ASX 2 1.6 petrol 117hp has a list price of £15,999.
The ASX 3 builds on the specification of the ASX 2 by adding two-tone 18-inch alloys; black wheel-arch garnishes; automatic climate control; keyless entry and operation; cruise control; automatic light and rain sensors; xenon super-HID 'wide vision' headlamps with washers; DAB radio and Bluetooth music streaming; auto-dimming rear view mirror; heated front seats; electric-folding door mirrors and, new for 2017, a reversing camera. The ASX 3 1.6 petrol is priced from £18,349 with the ASX 3 1.6 turbo diesel is priced from £20,349.
The ASX 4 features four-wheel drive as standard and is available with the 1.6-litre turbo diesel and 2.2-litre turbo diesel automatic. Standard features in addition to the specification of the ASX 3 include leather upholstery, black roof rails, an aluminium pedal kit (new for 2017); a panoramic glass roof and the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS), which includes a seven-inch HD touch-screen display, satellite navigation, DAB, CD player, SD card compatibility and reversing camera. The Mitsubishi ASX 4 1.6 turbo diesel 4WD is priced from £24,249 while the ASX 4 2.2 turbo diesel automatic 4WD is priced from £25,649.
ASX 5: This premium edition of the ASX, due in January 2017, is similar in concept to the Outlander GX5 and Shogun SG5 models. The seats are trimmed in rich Nappa leather available in a choice of three colours (Claret Red, Porcelain Cream and Gunmetal Grey) while the premium carpet mat set and boot mat feature colour-coded piping to match the leather trim. Heated rear seats are standard as are; a power-adjusted driver's seat; twin rear USB charging ports; LED interior lighting and front-door entry guards. The Mitsubishi ASX 5 1.6 turbo diesel 4WD will retail from £26,949 in January 2017 and the top-of-the-range ASX 5 2.2 turbo diesel automatic 4WD will be priced at £28,349.
The Mitsubishi ASX range is backed by five year, 62,500 mile warranty and comes with three-year pan-European roadside, home and accident assistance as standard. The Mitsubishi Service Plan covers scheduled maintenance for the first three years and is available for £500 for 1.6-litre petrol and turbo diesel versions and £675 for the 2.2-litre turbo diesel.