Mitsubishi has just released the 2nd generation of the ASX small crossover and from all indications, it isn’t actually a new vehicle as it’s technically a rebadged Renault Captur that debuted over 3 years ago with the only visible difference concerning the front grille trimmings.
Just like the exterior design, Mitsubishi has copied Renault’s engine options, which will be familiar to Captur’s owners. The range opens with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine that makes 90 hp (67 kW/91 PS). Next, there is a 1.3-litre turbocharged gas engine that is available with two power outputs and features 12-volt mild-hybrid technology. The powertrain is offered with 138 hp (103 kW/140 PS) and a six-speed manual transmission or with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and 155 hp (116 kW/158 PS). There’s a 1.6-litre engine with two electric motors in a standard hybrid derivative or a PHEV variant of the same with a 10.5-kWh battery and all-electric capability.
Depending on the trim level, the ASX’s cabin can look very different. The entry-level model gets an analogue instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch screen between the gauges. There’s also a 7.0-inch digital instrument display or a 10.25-inch version for the range-topping model. The standard infotainment screen measures 7.0 inches and has a landscape layout. As an upgrade, there’s a 9.3-inch, portrait layout display that supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Although the ASX maintains its compact proportions (4,228 mm long, 1,797 mm wide, 1,573 mm tall [166x71x62 inches]), it features a sliding rear seat that provides more legroom or more trunk space. The cargo area volume can grow from 332 litres (5.1 sq ft) to 401 litres (5.8 sq ft) thanks to the feature.