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Mitsubishi ASX news - Geneva show: Mitsubishi ASX - 2010

Mitsubishi
is celebrating its 140th birthday this year - the Evo I, of course, being
launched in 1870, boasting a mighty 1bhp and all-hoof drive - and in celebration
has unveiled this, the thoroughly smart-looking ASX crossover.

In
essence, it’s the production version of the CX concept we saw in Frankfurt a
couple of years ago, and it’ll reach British roads this summer with the express
intention of muscling in on Nissan Qashqai territory.

So
it’s a smallish, tallish five-seater available in both front- and four-wheel
drive, but with far less of an off-road focus than most Mitsu-stuff.

Though
it shares a platform and a wheelbase with the Outlander, the ASX is 34cm
shorter - and almost exactly the same size, in fact, as a Qashqai - and gets
plenty of good green tech on board.

There’s
a new 148bhp 1.8-litre diesel, which gets stop-start and brake regeneration
technology as standard and - in front-wheel drive form - returns 145g/km of
CO2. The 1.6-litre petrol manages 135g/km.

As
for the styling - well, we reckon the ASX looks pretty good. Mitsu’s
now-sort-of-signature ‘jet fighter’ grille works nicely and, though it might be
damning with faint praise, the interior is much smarter than Mitsubishi’s
often-utilitarian fare.

But
pray disagree. We know, deep down, that you’d take the Gallardo Superleggera,
but if you had to choose, would you take the ASX over a Qashqai?

See what else is being revealed in Geneva

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