The ASX is a compact crossover which has debuted back in 2010 with its concept being released all the way back in 2007. A couple of years ago Mitsubishi said that for the 2016 model year the car would be completely changed. However, it seems that this is not true because a few weeks back the Mitsubishi ASX 2017 has been showcased. The car is nothing more than a mid-life facelift of the ongoing model. It boasts a very similar interior, a slightly upgraded exterior as well as likely a few changes under the hood. The chassis remained the same as before which is not ideal.
Well, likely one of the largest problems with the ongoing model was the way it drives. The car feels sluggish no matter the speed and the suspension system is not as capable as the competition. Because the 2017 model basically carries over all of this unchanged, we don’t expect anything too special from it. The price has yet to be released but it is highly likely that it will cost just as much as before. This means that it will start around £15,000 and it will go up to around £28,500 which is a lot more than some of its rivals.
Mitsubishi ASX 2017 Design
Let’s start with the design of the Mitsubishi ASX 2017. So far they released a few shots of the car without any camouflage. However, it seems that these shots are those of a fully equipped version of the car. This means that the base model will likely not get the Xenon headlamps, the alloy wheels, the body-colored mirrors or even all the chrome. Despite that, the changes they did to the front end make the new ASX look quite a bit better than before. It now features Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic shield” design scheme which has been seen on some of their other models as well. The grille is now nicely integrated with the headlights and spans on the entire height of the front end. The headlights have been redesigned as well while the bumper features a small splitter-like lower end which gives it a really sporty look. The back end, on the other hand, is pretty much identical to the ongoing model sans the tail lights and the lower part of the bumper.
2017 Mitsubishi ASX Interior
Even though shots of the cabin have not been made available, it seems that the Mitsubishi ASX 2017 changed quite a bit. From the previously mentioned pictures, it is quite clear that at least the dashboard is different. The center stack seems similar but there is more chrome and we would bet that the instrument cluster has been upgraded as well. Also, one of the largest problems with the current model, the materials, has been likely solved by now.
Under the hood
So far Mitsubishi hasn’t said a word about what engines will power the updated ASX. However, it seems that the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine will be carried over with little changes. Further up the range, the 150 horsepower 2-liter mill is also expected to be offered. The older 1.8-liter unit, on the other hand, is an unknown factor at this point. In terms of diesel engines, a 1.8 liter turbocharged unit will be offered as an option to the 1.6 in Europe and Australia. This is likely going to receive a small boost in power. Also, the old 5-speed manual might be discontinued for good and in its place, the newer 6-speed unit should be offered.