After a whopping twelve years on the market, Mitsubishi has completely revamped the ASX, the smallest SUV in its European lineup. However, the new generation of the SUV has surprised locals and strangers alike for being a simple relogo of the Renault Captur, from which it hardly differs by a couple of aesthetic details.
Conceived as part of the internal collaboration strategy of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the new ASX is only distinguished from the Captur by the change of logos and the new grille, which maintains the shape of the original grille but sees its framework modified. There is no other change: even the rims are the same as we can find on the Renault.
This 4.23-meter-long B-SUV sits on the Alliance’s CMF-B platform. This highly flexible architecture will allow Mitsubishi to offer one of the most complete mechanical offerings in its category, as the vehicle will be available as mild-hybrid (MHEV), hybrid (HEV), and even plug-in hybrid (PHEV).
The only mechanics that will be without electrification will be the access one, a 91 CV 1.0 MPI-T block. Above will be the 1.3 DI-T mild-hybrid in versions of 140 (six-ratio manual gearbox) and 158 hp (seven-ratio dual-clutch automatic gearbox). Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models will use Renault’s E-TECH technology.
The Mitsubishi ASX will be available in MHEV, HEV, and PHEV versions
Thus, the HEV will combine a 1.6-tetracylindrical petrol engine of Nissan origin with two electric units. This set will be capable of producing a combined power of 145 hp. Its multimode gearbox lacks a clutch, while its lithium-ion batteries have a capacity of 1.3 kWh.
It should be noted that the Mitsubishi ASX will be one of the few cars of its size to have a PHEV variant. This model will reuse the drivetrain from the HEV; however, in this case, it will reach 160 horsepower. The 10.5 kWh pack will provide you with a range of 50 km WLTP in 100% electric mode.
The commercial launch of the new Mitsubishi ASX will take place in early 2023. Naturally, it will be manufactured at the Renault plant in Valladolid (Spain) together with Captur. It is also expected that in the short term the signing of the three diamonds will present a new generation of Colt, which will be based on the Renault Clio.