Mitsubishi ASX

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Oct 23rd, 2019

Mitsubishi ASX

From elegance to design perfection and consumer satisfaction, the Mitsubishi ASX stands out among other production cars in its league. Coming as the third generation of the Mitsubishi RVR car series, the ASX has gone through different transitions. It is a compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) and was in production from 2010 to 2018. 

It received a significant facelift in 2012 in Mitsubishi’s effort to reaffirm its position in the market. The compact car also goes by the name of Outlander Sports. Many automobile enthusiasts compare it to the Peugeot 4008 and the Citroen C4 Aircross. Let’s find out why and take a closer look at the Mitsubishi ASX.

First Generation: 1991-1999

The story of the ASX would not be complete without the history of the RVR, a compact multipurpose vehicle (MPV) with front-engine, front-drive- or four-wheel-drive layout. Mitsubishi rebranded the first generation RVR as Mitsubishi Space Runner, Mitsubishi Expo LRV, Dodge Colt Wagon, Eagle Summit Wagon, and Plymouth Colt Vista Wagon. 

The earliest RVR drew design inspirations from the Mitsubishi Space Wagon (aka Mitsubishi Chariot) and essentially became its second generation. Both the RVR and the Space Wagon hailed from the Nagoya Plant in Okazaki, Japan. 

The Space Runner featured a sliding door that opened to the left-hand side and had a longer chassis than the Chariot. It initially ran on petrol but later on used a diesel engine for its powertrain. 

Second Generation: 1997-2002

In 1997, Mitsubishi launched the second generation of the RVR, again rebranded as Mitsubishi Space Runner. It had the same drivetrain layout as the first generation. Mitsubishi decided to create two lineups – the RVR GDI minivan and the RVR Sports Gear off-road range. The GDI models had a 1.8-litre petrol engine, while the Sports Gear variants had a 2.1-litre turbo engine. 

Third Generation: 2010-2018

The third-generation RVR retained its name in its home market and Canada. In other parts of the world, it carries either the Mitsubishi ASX or the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport nameplate. The ASX name comes from the acronym Active Sports Crossover. Its design is based on the prototype named the Mitsubishi Concept-cX. Mitsubishi designers integrated the vehicle’s shorter model into the Mitsubishi ASX and reduced its seating capacity to five but maintained the major design elements.

The ASX has a front-engine, four-wheel- or four-wheel-drive layout and underpinnings based on the Mitsubishi GS platform. In Australia, Mitsubishi offered entry level trims for the ASX in 2WD and 4WD and a high-end trim level called Aspire in 4WD. 

Powertrain and Specs

Here are the powertrains and specs for the range of models offered in Australia from 2010 to 2013.

  • Entry-level 2WD - 2.0-litre 4B11 DOHC 16-valve inline-4 petrol engine available in CVT and 5-speed manual transmission, generating 110kW and 197Nm of power and torque, and consuming 7.7L-7.9L/100km
  • Entry-level 4WD - 2.0-litre 4B11 DOHC 16-valve inline-4 petrol engine available in CVT, generating 110kW and 197Nm of power and torque, and consuming 8.1L/100km
  • Entry-level 4WD - 1.8-litre DI-D Mitsubishi 4N1 DOHC 16-valve inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine available in 6-speed manual transmission, generating 110kW and 300Nm, and consuming 5.9L/100km 
  • Aspire 4WD - 2.0-litre 4B11 DOHC 16-valve inline-4 petrol engine available in CVT, generating 110 kW and 197Nm of power and torque, and consuming 8.1L/100km
  • Aspire 4WD - 1.8-litre DI-D Mitsubishi 4N1 DOHC 16-valve inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine available in 6-speed manual transmission, generating 110kW and 300Nm, and consuming 5.9L/100km

In 2011 and 2012, the same powertrains were offered for the ASX but with several upgraded trim packages like the 30th Anniversary and Luxury 2WD packages. For the 2015 model year, the Australian ASX market gets an expanded range with a new 2.3L t/c diesel engine replacing the 1.8L t/c diesel. A mid-range trim (LS), a range-topping trim (XLS), and a 2WD Aspire are available for this period.

  • Entry-level 2WD – 2.0-litre 4B11 DOHC 16-valve inline-4 petrol engine available in CVT and 5-speed manual transmission, generating 110kW and 197Nm of power and torque, and consuming 7.7L-7.9L/100km
  • Entry-level 4WD – 2.3-litre inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine available in 6-speed automatic transmission, generating 110kW and 360Nm, and consuming 5.8L/100km 
  • LS 2WD – 2.0-litre 4B11 DOHC 16-valve inline-4 petrol engine available in CVT and 5-speed manual transmission, generating 110kW and 197Nm of power and torque, and consuming 7.4L-7.6L/100km
  • LS 4WD – 2.3-litre inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine available in 6-speed automatic transmission, generating 110kW and 360Nm, and consuming 7.4L/100km
  • Aspire 2WD – 2.0-litre 4B11 DOHC 16-valve inline-4 petrol engine available in CVT, generating 110kW and 197Nm of power and torque, and consuming 7.6L/100km
  • Aspire 4WD – 2.0-litre 4B11 DOHC 16-valve inline-4 petrol engine available in CVT, generating 110kW and 197Nm of power and torque, and consuming 7.9L/100km
  • Aspire 4WD – 2.3-litre inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine available in 6-speed automatic transmission, generating 110kW and 360Nm, and consuming 5.8L/100km
  • XLS 2WD – 2.0-litre 4B11 DOHC 16-valve inline-4 petrol engine available in CVT, generating 110kW and 197Nm of power and torque, and consuming 7.4L/100km
  • XLS 4WD – 2.3-litre inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine available in 6-speed automatic transmission, generating 110kW and 360Nm, and consuming 5.8L/100km

From this range, only the LS and XLS models remained through model year 2018. The ASX came in several trim levels and limited editions afterwards, such as ES and Exceed trims and a limited Black Edition. The current range of models (MY 2020) does not come with diesel variants anymore but instead with a sole powertrain – the 2.0-litre I4 petrol engine teamed up with a CVT. 

2020 ASX 

The ASX for MY 2020 received a facelift with a restyled frontal fascia, new 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lamps, daytime running lights, and roof spoilers. It also features an 8-inch touchscreen, Display Link infotainment system, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto smart screen integration. The new generation ASX will include new colours for the models like sunshine orange, red diamond, and oak brown.

The ASX was given a rating of 5 out of 5 for safety by the Australasian NCAP, applicable to all variants from November 2016 onwards.