Reinforcing its important position within the Mitsubishi range, the new Mitsubishi ASX compact crossover has been extensively revised for 2020 with new bodywork, a more powerful new engine, a revamped interior and the reintroduction of key hardware to bring it in line with the rest of the brand’s SUV and 4X4 line-up, including an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. On sale in September in the UK, the new Mitsubishi ASX also benefits from new range designations – Design and Dynamic – and high levels of standard equipment across the range.
All-new sheet metal from the windscreen forward with new LED headlamps and bolder Dynamic Shield styling
New rear bumpers and new LED rear lamp clusters
New design complimented by new colours – Diamond Red and Oak Brown
New 18-inch alloy wheels on all versions
New 2.0-litre MIVEC petrol engine producing 150hp and 195Nm
Front-wheel drive version with five-speed manual
Four-wheel drive combined with CVT automatic transmission
CVT offers six-speed Sports mode with paddle shifters
Enhanced safety features:
Full LED lighting – headlamps, DRLs and fog lamps
Active Stability & Traction Control with Hill Start Assist
Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (Dynamic)
New eight-inch touchscreen Smartphone-Link Display Audio (SDA) system
DAB, Bluetooth connectivity with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ as standard
Integrated TomTom® satnav standard on Dynamic
Cabin benefits from new seat fabrics and leather trim, new piano black and silver accents plus new black headlining
Design: 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, SDA system, rear view camera, heated front seats, cruise control, automatic climate control and keyless operation
Dynamic: Panoramic glass roof, leather trim, electric driver’s seat, TomTom® navigation, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
2020 Mitsubishi ASX in detail:
The Mitsubishi ASX, also known in other markets as the Outlander Sport and RVR, is one of the most important models in the Mitsubishi range. Globally it’s the brand’s third best seller having accumulated 1.36 million sales around the world with Europe accounting for some 343,000 of those sales. The first-generation model went on sale in mid-2010. That figure represents 27% of the brand’s European sales in that time. In the UK, some 30,858 units have been sold (to the end of May 2019), making it Mitsubishi Motors in the UK’s 3rd best-selling passenger car with 22.6% of its overall car sales during the past nine years.
Reinforcing its important position within the Mitsubishi range, the Mitsubishi ASX compact crossover is extensively revised with new bodywork, a more powerful engine, a revamped interior and the reintroduction of key equipment to bring it in line with the rest of the brand’s line-up, including an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
The new front styling treatment on the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX benefits from a higher clamshell bonnet, squarer front wheel arches and a combination of substantial horizontal and vertical structures, including the distinctive new ‘Dynamic Shield’, bolder front grille and chunkier front skid plate. The square new indicator and LED front fog lamp units, located within the redesigned front bumper, contribute to the new and striking front-on appearance of the Mitsubishi ASX, while wing garnishes and new 18-inch alloy wheels enhance the more muscular profile of the new ASX.
The rear has also been refreshed with the same design logic. The ASX now uses LED rear lights featuring an elongated blade design that visually accentuates its broad and stable stance. The newly designed rear bumper features shaper lines, bolder detailing and, again, a larger and chunkier rear skid plate.
Enhanced Driving Experience:
For 2020 Mitsubishi Motors has also upgraded the ASX’s powertrain, replacing the previous 1.6-litre petrol engine with a new 2.0-litre petrol power unit (4J11) which offers 30% more horsepower (150hp vs 115ps) and 27% more torque (195Nm vs 154Nm) which has a substantial impact on performance: Whereas the 1.6-litre ASX manual accelerated from 0-62mph in 12.2 seconds, the new 2.0 ASX manual reaches 62mph from a rest in 10.2 seconds and on to a top speed (where permitted) of 118mph, up from 114mph.
The four-wheel drive version, which is equipped with a CVT automatic transmission as standard, accelerates from 0-62mph in 12.2 seconds while overtaking acceleration (120–140km/h or 75-87mph, where permitted) is dispatched in just 7.2 seconds, compared to 13.7 seconds in the 2.0-litre manual and 17.0 seconds in the previous 1.6-litre manual. Mitsubishi Motors’ INVECS-III CVT gearbox also incorporates a Sport mode, similar in concept to the system fitted in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which employs a ‘step-up’ shifting control system to emulate the driving experience of a more traditional automatic transmission.
Both drivetrains retain the front McPherson struts and a multilink rear arrangement which is optimised for comfort and refinement, while (braked) towing capacity is increased by 100Kg to 1,300Kg (braked) for both front- and four-wheel drive versions.
Mitsubishi Motors is renowned for its off-road expertise and following a reconfiguration of the range in 2018, four-wheel drive returns to the Mitsubishi ASX for the 2020 model meaning that every SUV model in the Mitsubishi range is once again available with four-wheel drive. The system in the ASX offers a choice of three modes for various driving conditions with an electronically controlled centre differential to determine the optimum torque split to the front and rear, using sensor data on throttle position, vehicle speed, road conditions and driver inputs.
2WD mode, torque is sent only to the front wheels for better fuel economy and agility.
4WD AUTO mode, torque is varied to maintain traction on loose surfaces or adverse on-road conditions, from 98% front/2% rear to 50% front/50% rear.
4WD LOCK mode, approx. 1.5 times the torque of 4WD AUTO mode is transferred to the rear wheels to improve traction on poor road surfaces and when the vehicle requires additional traction when off-road
Switching between modes requires only a turn of the 4WD selector button positioned prominently between the front seats.
The interior of the 2020 model year Mitsubishi ASX has been upgraded with finer grade materials for both the cloth and leather-trimmed interiors. These are complemented by a black cloth headlining and small detail changes such as the new ergonomic air-conditioning and heater controls which are now finished in piano black and silver. The centre instrument panel also benefits from a piano black finish and now incorporates a new larger eight-inch Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system. Increased from the previous seven-inch version, the new SDA system features smartphone connectivity including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ and DAB radio. In Dynamic models, the SDA system will also feature built-in TomTom® navigation.
The Mitsubishi ASX benefits from some of the company’s latest safety technology to help prevent accidents from happening whenever possible and to mitigate the effects should a collision occur.
Standard on Dynamic models, a suite of safety systems (including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert) uses two radio wave radars located behind the rear bumper to warn the driver – via door mirror warning lights and audible alarms – of vehicles approaching from the rear and side during lane change manoeuvres and can also detect vehicles or pedestrians approaching the vehicle’s blind spots while parking or reversing, again providing visual and audio alarms. The Mitsubishi ASX also has a comprehensive passive safety architecture based on Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) impact safety body and seven SRS airbag arrangement.
The 2020 Mitsubishi ASX goes on sale in the UK in September 2019 with pricing to be announced closer to the UK launch date. It will be available in two trim levels – Design and Dynamic, with details of each outlined below.
2020 Mitsubishi ASX Specification:
150hp 2.0-litre petrol engine, 2WD, manual transmission
18-inch alloy wheels
Active Stability and Traction Control system with Hill Start Assist
Full LED front lighting (headlamps, DRLs, position and fog lamps)
Heated front seats
Leather steering wheel & gear shifter
Smartphone-Link Display Audio (SDA) system with DAB, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, six speakers and steering wheel remote controls
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Climate Control A/C
Automatic lights and wipers
Keyless Operation System
Rear view camera
Specification as Design plus:
Choice of 2WD manual or 4WD CVT automatic
Panoramic glass roof with roof rails
Leather interior with electrically adjustable driver’s seat
TomTom® Satellite navigation system
Chrome door handles and front wing garnish
Blind Spot Warning
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Lane Change Assist
|Version||OTR Price* (Sept 2019)|
|ASX Design – Manual 2WD||£TBC|
|ASX Dynamic – Manual 2WD||£TBC|
|ASX Dynamic – Auto 4WD||£TBC|
*OTR price includes first registration fee and VED. Metallic paint extra
|2.0 150hp FWD Manual||2.0 150hp AWD Auto|
|Dimensions (mm)||L4,365 X W 1,810 X H 1,640 X WB 2,670|
|Tracks (Fr / Rr)||1,545 mm / 1,540 mm||1,545 mm / 1,540 mm|
|Off Road Angles||Approach 20.1° / Breakover 19.0° / Departure 31.4°|
|Towing capacity||1,300 kg|
|Ground clearance||190 mm||190 mm|
|Curb weight (kg)||1,355||1,470|
|Turning radius||5.30 m||5.30 m|
|Fr. suspension||MacPherson struts||MacPherson struts|
|Brakes (Fr / Rr)||Ventilated discs / solid discs||Ventilated discs / solid discs|
|Wheels & Tyres||225/55R18||225/55R18|
|Bore x stroke (displ.)||86 x 86 mm (1,998 cc)|
|hp @ rpm||150 @ 6,000 rpm|
|Nm @ rpm||195 @ 4,200 rpm|
|Max. speed MPH (where permitted)||118||118|
|0 – 62 MPH (secs)||10.2||12.2|
|Fuel Efficiency MPG WLTP||TBC (Combined Cycle)||TBC (Combined Cycle)|
|Fuel Efficiency MPG NEDC correlated||TBC (Combined Cycle)||TBC (Combined Cycle)|
|CO2 emission (g/km) WLTP||TBC (Combined Cycle)||TBC (Combined Cycle)|
|CO2 emission (g/km) NEDC correlated||TBC (Combined Cycle)||TBC (Combined Cycle)|
|Service Intervals||12,500 miles / 12 months|
|Warranty||5 Years / 62,500 miles|
|Anti-Perforation Warranty||12 Year Anti-Corrosion Perforation|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Year Pan-European including Home Start|