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Mitsubishi ASX news - Geneva show: Mitsubishi ASX - 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?