Following the continuing success of the Nissan Qashqai , Mitsubishi are the latest manufacturer to enter the compact crossover market with its ASX model. Mitsubishi are hoping to steal customers through a combination of rugged looks, keen pricing and efficient engines.
At launch the Mitsubishi ASX will be available with either a 1.6 litre petrol or a 1.8 litre diesel engine, the latter is available in either two or four wheel drive. Unusually it is the petrol engine which delivers the lowest CO2 emissions with a highly creditable 135 g/km thanks to a combined fuel economy of 47.1 mpg.
The diesel engine is the first in the world to use variable valve timing and produces a healthy 148 bhp as a result. In two wheel drive trim it achieves 51.4 mpg (145 g/km) or 49.6 mpg with four wheel drive (150 g/km). By comparison the two wheel drive 2.0 litre diesel Qashqai produces 150 bhp and manages 44.1 mpg (167 g/km) whilst the four wheel drive model emits 177 g/km (42.1 mpg).
All ASX models come with automatic Stop & Go, electric power steering, low rolling resistance tyres, regenerative brakes (Generation Control System), low viscosity oil, LED lighting and incoporate weight reduction measures. Up to seven airbags, whiplash reducing seats and a full suite of electronic driver aids enable a 5 star Euro NCAP rating.
Available from 1 st July two wheel drive models will cost between £14,999 and £20,549 whilst two four wheel drive variants are available for either £20,049 or £22,049.