Mitsubishi South Africa has revealed a revised version of its ASX compact crossover.
The 2013 ASX combines sleeker, more contemporary styling with a smarter interior. Specification levels have also been improved.
At the same time, the ASX drivetrain, linking an efficient 2.0-litre petrol engine with variable valve timing to a choice of manual or CVT gearboxes, continues to provide lively performance and economical fuel consumption.
As before, the latest Mitsubishi ASX crossover is offered in a choice of three specification levels.
"The arrival of the ASX in September 2011 opened new doors of opportunity for Mitsubishi in South Africa," says Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. "It introduced a new and more affordable entry point to the legendary brand, and extended our customer base in the process."
Oosthuizen says the revised ASX will further enhance the appeal of the crossover at a time when the segment is experiencing continued demand.
"We've already sold in excess of 1500 units since the ASX was first launched locally. The new version ups the value ante, while adding keener styling, an enhanced interior and Bluetooth with a voice-activated Link system to the equation, making us confident that these improvements will see demand for the ASX accelerate."
The 2013 ASX gets a redesigned front grille, new front and rear bumpers, subtle chrome accents, and revised fog light surrounds. The revised rear styling matches the smoother lines of the front, with the all-new bumper and contrasting lower apron adding further visual appeal.
The enhanced interior of the 2013 ASX places a particular emphasis on a more upmarket ambience. Soft-touch surfaces have been introduced for an improved sense of tactile quality, while chrome detailing adds an air of sophistication.
Acknowledging the growing demand for on-the-move connectivity and infotainment, hands-free Bluetooth connectivity is standard across the range, as is USB-based iPod/iPhone and flash drive functionality, all in sync with Mitsubishi's voice-activated Link system. The system affords the user control of the radio and phone through voice commands.
In the case of the GL and GLX models, this is integrated with an improved CD receiver sound system, while the flagship GLS derivative is fitted with a sophisticated infotainment system featuring a six-inch touch-screen display. The display is linked to a rear-view camera and parking assistance.
A class-leading nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system is offered as an option on the top-end GLS version.
Ergonomic efficiency is improved with the introduction of an all-new steering wheel with multifunction controls. It offers audio and Bluetooth telephony controls across the range, while GLX and GLS models also gain cruise control switchgear.
A new honeycomb knit fabric is standard on the GL version, while GLX and GLS models feature leather upholstery. The centre dashboard panel boasts a smart, dark titanium finish.
The 2013 Mitsubishi ASX retains its predecessor's 2.0-litre petrol engine. The rated maximum power is 110kW, achieved at 6000rpm, linked to a torque peak of 197Nm at 4200rpm. The result is a 0 to 100km/h acceleration time of 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 196km/h.
Fuel consumption is rated at 7.5 litres per 100km in the case of the manual gearbox GL and GLX derivatives, while the CVT-equipped GLS is only slightly thirstier at 7.6.
Mitsubishi ASX 2.0 GL: R279 900
Mitsubishi ASX 2.0 GLX: R304 900
Mitsubishi ASX 2.0 GLS: R334 900
Mitsubishi ASX 2.0 GLS (with Rockford): R342 900
A five-year or 90 000km service plan (15000km intervals) and a three-year or 100 000km warranty is included.