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The Mitsubishi ASX is becoming the most facelifted car ever
Mitsu’s little crossover gets the assertive face of an L200 and more connectivity
With the Land Rover Defender euthanised a couple of years ago and Morgan ditching wood and V8s for its next model, the Mitsubishi ASX may soon be the most venerable car on sale in Britain.
Well, with Caterham still building Sevens (or letting their buyers build Sevens), perhaps not. But the ASX’s latest facelift serves to extend the life of a car that’s been around for ten years already. A decade might not sound much, but car years are even longer than dog years. So the ASX is basically 130 years old.
Looking good for it though, no? Its latest update has seen it gain the face of the latest Mitsubishi L200 pick-up – quite an attractive face, we’d argue – as well as some rufty-tufty looking skid plates and a bunch of new colours. Typical facelift fare, but it does look reasonably different to before.
Inside it’s all pretty predictable – more connectivity, basically. So the media screen gains an inch (now 8in) and you can have a sat nav system with live traffic info. More intriguingly, you can play videos from a USB stick when the vehicle is stopped. Perhaps more helpful is a smartphone app that lets you monitor fuel levels and servicing intervals and suchlike.
You want engines? It has some. Well, one. It’s a 2.0-litre petrol with the option of five-speed manual or CVT automatic gearboxes. We suspect neither will help it go toe-to-toe with genuinely good to drive rivals like the Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Kona, but we live in hope. After ten years (and counting), the ASX is clearly doing something right…