After 12 lengthy years there will likely be a new Mitsubishi ASX, however three-diamond followers shouldn’t pop their champagne corks simply but.

According to the corporate’s French division, the brand new ASX unveiled in a single day is “designed particularly for the European market”.

It’s unclear what plans Mitsubishi has for the ASX/RVR/Outlander Sport model offered in the remainder of the world. Launched in 2010, the automotive we all know as the ASX has been by means of 4 facelifts to this point.

If the brand new Euro ASX appears to be like acquainted, that’s as a result of it’s a very evenly reworked Renault Captur.

Up entrance the important thing change is a new grille insert with chevron-like styling components flanking the Mitsubishi badge.

The headlights are carried over from the Captur and due to their L-shaped driving gentle hooks, Mitsubishi is ready to declare the brand new ASX retains the corporate’s signature Dynamic Shield design.

For the decrease bumpers at each ends Mitsubishi has opted for black plastic as a substitute of Renault’s silver trim. Plug-in hybrid fashions have badges that look to be pilfered straight from the Outlander.

At the again, the reversing digital camera is not hidden by the Renault badge, whereas the Captur letting has been changed by Mitsubishi lettering.

Inside the modifications appear restricted to revised badges and (in all probability) infotainment graphics.

Like the Captur, the Euro ASX will likely be obtainable with both a 7.0-inch panorama or 9.3-inch portrait infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Depending on the trim stage, the instrument cluster options both analog dials with a 4.2- or 7.0-inch show, or a totally digital 10.0-inch instrumentation display.

Under the bonnet there are at the very least 4 drivetrain selections obtainable: a base 1.0-litre three-cylinder, a delicate hybrid 1.3-litre turbo, a 1.6-litre hybrid, and a 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid with a 10.5kWh battery.

The new Euro ASX will likely be constructed alongside the Captur in Renault’s manufacturing facility in Valladolid, Spain.

Today’s ASX isn’t the primary nor will or not it’s the final Mitsubishi sourced from Renault. Australia bought a style of the motion in 2020 when Mitsubishi launched the Express, a badge-engineered Renault Trafic. It wasn’t a success, and the van was axed earlier this 12 months.

Europeans can stay up for a new Colt subsequent 12 months, which will likely be a thinly disguised model of the Renault Clio hatch.

As a part of the ‘leader-follower’ model unveiled for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in 2020, the three automakers selected markets and fields of experience the place every one was meant to guide, and the others have been to observe.

Under this plan, Mitsubishi was to focus on creating economies and markets in South-East Asia, such as Australia and Indonesia, the place it has a massive market presence.

With its core technical experience being plug-in hybrid automobiles, as against pure EVs, Mitsubishi Motors introduced it could withdraw from the UK and Europe.

The firm rapidly backtracked, stating it could keep in Europe — however not the UK — and would quickly launch two new fashions constructed by Renault.

The Captur-based ASX marks a reversal of roles for Mitsubishi ASX, which was offered for 5 years by Renault’s French rivals, the PSA Group, as the Citroen C4 Aircross and Peugeot 4008.

These two fashions have been stopgaps as the PSA Group grappled with its monetary issues and labored to flesh out its, then, meagre crossover choices.

These two vehicles shared showroom house with the Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-Zero, badge-engineered iterations of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electrical hatch.

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