Mitsubishi has whipped the wraps off the new-generation ASX, with the Japanese firm saying the box-fresh model sports a flowing silhouette, advanced driver assistance systems and a wide range of powertrains. 

The new ASX is based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CMF-B platform.

Based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CMF-B platform, the latest ASX is, in short, a rebadged Renault Captur. The automaker says the compact SUV, supplied by Renault, was “specifically” developed for the European market. So, whether it will make its way to South African shores remains to be seen. 

The cabin is also reminiscent of the Captur. The interior features a portrait-orientated touchscreen infotainment system. The ‘Multi-Sense’ system controlled via the Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) allows the driver to select the drive mode that suits their preference. The new ASX also features driver assistance systems such as ‘MI-PILOT’ single-lane driver-assist tech, which integrates adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. 

Digital instrument binnacle sited in front of the multifunction tiller.

Powertrain options include a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) unit comprising a 10.5 kWh battery pack, a 1.6-litre petrol engine, and two electric motors. The PHEV arrangement is coupled with an automatic gearbox. Next up is a full hybrid powertrain. The petrol-electric set-up comprises a 1.3 kWh battery, a twin electric motor arrangement and a 1.6-litre petrol engine. The HEV unit is also coupled with an automatic gearbox. 

A mild-hybrid model is also available. The 1.3-litre turbocharged mild-hybrid powertrain can be had with a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. A 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, coupled with a six-speed manual ‘box, is also available. 

“Mitsubishi” lettering spanning the tailgate.