IN an age when expensive options look like becoming the norm, and not just on premium models, Mitsubishi's decision to "streamline" its ASX range to a single model is refreshingly different.
Back in 2017, the ASX was available in no fewer than 16 variations but that was whittled down to four for 2018 when diesel engine models were discontinued along with the option of auto transmission. Even so, four different trim levels remained available.
But from now on there's just a single, highly specified, 1.6 litre petrol-engined model, dubbed the ASX Juro. And the only option on offer is metallic paint.
The downside is that while the entry-level model in the outgoing 2018 range could be yours for £16,455, the new 2019 Juro model comes in at £19,195.
Cynics might say that the ASX simply isn't meeting Mitsubishi's sales expectations in the UK or that the new Juro is no more than a run-out model in order to reduce stocks ahead of a replacement.
But while the former may have a grain of truth, the fact that the Juro comes with styling and detail enhancements to the bodywork and interior would seem to rule out the latter, at least for the time being.
Standard specification looks generous and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, privacy glass, front fog lamps and keyless entry and go with a start/stop button.
The interior features climate control air conditioning, what Mitsubishi calls ‘' upholstery with front seat heaters, cruise control, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility, DAB radio and a reversing camera. If you want metallic paint it will set you back an extra £525.
Styling and detailing enhancements include a chunky new rear bumper, revised front grille and front styling and a new centre console design in the cabin.