Mitsubishi Motors introduced the ASX in the United Kingdom this week. This urban crossover vehicle is the first allocation of the automaker for this new model year. Like its predecessor, the vehicle offers the best possible option of stylish, practical and environmentally responsible family automobiles. It is based on the same platform as the Lancer, Lancer Evolution X and Outlander. It also bridges the gap between the automaker's rugged off-roaders and conventional passenger vehicles.
Versatility and practicality are core components to the appeal of the ASX. With its wheelbase matching the Outlander, passenger space is massive. Its flexible seating gives the ASX real versatility for those who are looking for an enjoyable and practical family vehicle.
The vehicle comes in either petrol or diesel power plants. The 12MY 1.8-litre diesel engine benefits from a considerable reduction in CO2 emissions with improved fuel economy, resulting in a new VED band (from Band F to Band E). In this way, the annual road tax cost is reduced to £115. Even without the reduction in VED banding on the petrol derivative, braked towing capacity is increased to 1200kg from 1100kg.
With class-leading emissions and economy, the 116PS 1.8-litre DiD now achieves 54.3mpg from 51mpg, and 136g/km from 150g/km on the official combined cycle.
The 1.6-litre petrol engine can manage 47.1mpg from 47.9mpg, with CO2 emissions remaining at 139g/km. These remarkable emissions and economy figures are attributable to the low rolling resistance tires, intelligent power management and regenerative brakes. In fact, each component of the ASX has been engineered with its environmental performance as a priority.
Moreover, the ASX is built with Mitsubishi's RISE safety technology, which dispels the energy from a collision away from the passenger compartment.
In addition, the vehicle is equipped with ABS anti-lock braking, Traction Control, Active Stability Control, Brake Assist an Emergency Stop Signal System, seven airbags and Electronic Brake Distribution, which are all offered as standard.
With these safety features, the likelihood of an accident is reduced. However, if a collision occurs, the ASX not only offers outstanding levels of occupant protection with a 5-Star Euro NCAP rating; it also provides excellent pedestrian impact protection.
The 2012 Mitsubishi ASX is priced from £16,499 for the version powered by the 1.6 petrol engine, while top of the range ASX4 Black 1.8 Diesel 4WD is priced at £25,895.