More grunt for new

Mitsubishi ASX

Mitsubishi ASX, 2019, front
Mitsubishi ASX, 2019, side
Mitsubishi ASX, rear

A BEEFED up Mitsubishi ASX is on the way and it comes with a more powerful engine and sees the return of four-wheel-drive to the crossover SUV.

Out goes the 1.6-litre petrol engine and in comes a 2.0-litre unit delivering more power at 150bhp.

The new model will be on the road in September and comes with a new look that includes a redesigned front and rear that incorporate LED lights.

The ASX also sits on 18-inch wheels and comes with extra safety features including blind spot and rear cross traffic alerts.

Prices for the new three trim line up are still to be announced but the current ASX range runs from just under £20,000 to £28,905.

Diesel engines, which make up the bulk of the current range, are being dropped.

The new engine will be available in two and four-wheel-drive configurations with the latter fitted with a CVT auto transmission that offers six speeds, a sports mode and paddle shifters.

The 2.0-litre engine develops 30 per cent more power than the 1.6 which increases performance to a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 10.2 seconds for the two-wheel-drive manual version.

The ASX 4x4 is not so quick at 12.2 seconds and top speeds for both are 118mph. Fuel consumption figures are still undergoing homologation and will be announced later.

With the new powertrains, the ASX can now tow up to 1.3 tonnes - an increase of 100kg over the outgoing model.

Entry level Design models include heated front seats, air conditioning, full smartphone connectivity and a rear view camera while higher specification Dynamic versions offer the choice of two or four-wheel-drive and have leather interiors, a TomTom sat nav system, a panoramic glass roof and the extra safety systems.

Interior upgrades a black headlining and gloss black highlights to the trim as well as a larger eight-inch display screen.

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