The Mitsubishi ASX is one of Mitsubishi’s best-selling products in Europe, but it had been asking for a generation change for a long time. Although the Japanese have always tried to keep it up to date, it was time for a radical generational change. The Mitsubishi ASX 2023 is finally among us. Born of the close relationship that unites the Japanese with Renault, the change in mentality can come in handy. A B-SUV that arrives with a lot of electrification under the arm to position itself as an interesting option within the category.
The initials ASX correspond to Active Sports X-Over, and for the brand they are very important. After accumulating more than 380,000 units sold on European soil, the smallest SUV in the house is updated from head to toe without being able to avoid bringing to light its kinship with the Renault Captur. The creative changes are minimal, but that is not a problem either since the French model triumphs in the markets thanks to its appearance and the good qualities it presents. So there was no better reference model to get a copy.
Using the CMF-B platform of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, the new ASX benefits from the most modern technologies available.. The change of systems is radical with respect to the ASX that until now has been present. At the equipment level, it offers systems such as digital instrumentation, a multimedia system with a vertical touch screen of up to 10 inches, wireless connectivity for mobile devices, wheels of up to 18 inches, LED headlights and much more, including a complete ADAS equipment that includes the MI-PILOT level 2 autonomous driving.
However, the real revolution comes from the hand of important innovations at the mechanical level, where it is worth noting an important electrification of the range. Four versions: a gasoline, a gasoline MHEV, a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid form the backbone of mobility. The HEV version will be the first conventional hybrid in the history of Mitsubishi in Europe, as the Japanese have always opted for plug-in hybrid solutions, both for the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
The ASX 160 HEV It mounts a combined set with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors, one of them acting as a multimodal gearbox. develop a maximum power of 145 horsepower at 5,600 revolutions and a torque of 148 Nm at 3,600 revolutionswithout the support of the electric motor. Thanks to a 1.3 kWh capacity battery, its electric autonomy exceeds two kilometers, and can vary depending on the route and the intensity of driving.
At a higher level of electrification we find the ASX-PHEV. With the same 1.6-liter gasoline engine, it is combined with the same electric motors, but in this case a lithium-ion battery with 10.5 kWh capacity. 160 horsepower and 144 Nm of torque with a electric autonomy approved in mixed cycle between 47 and 49 kilometers. At the moment Mitsubishi has not given official sales prices, although it has highlighted that the new Mitsubishi ASX will be available from next March. Months later, at the end of the year, the Mitsubishi Colt will appear, which will be the twin brother of the Renault Clio.