A newMitsubishi ASX SUV has been unveiled ahead of a full showcasing at this year’sGeneva Motor Show .

The compact SUV and Nissan Qashqai rival gets a completely fresh design inside and out, Mitsubishi’s latest infotainment system and a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine finds its way under the bonnet.

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The exterior of the new Mitsubishi ASX has undergone a major overhaul, adopting the same “Dynamic Shield” design language as the latest Eclipse Cross , Outlander and Shogun Sport . As such, the ASX gets a new front bumper, a fresh grille, a deeper bonnet, redesigned LED headlights and new skid plates for the front and rear.

Inside, the new ASX will get the latest version of Mitsubishi’s Smartphone-link Display Audio system. The screen-size has been increased from seven to eight inches and support has been added for TomTom navigation, real-time traffic updates and maintenance reminders. As an added benefit, videos stored on USB memory sticks can now be viewed on the car’s infotainment system.

The new ASX borrows the Outlander’s naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing a likely 148bhp and 195Nm of torque.

Buyers will be able to choose from either front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, as well as a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. The CVT ASX is fitted with a “six-speed Sports Mode” too, which can fix the variable transmission into six preset ratios for performance applications.

Pricing and full specifications for the new Mitsubishi ASX are yet to be announced, but we expect them to follow the car’s official release at the Geneva Motor Show, ahead of its commercial release early next year.

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Source: AutoExpress

February 12, 2019