The Mitsubishi ASX small SUV is set to undergo a cosmetic facelift when the mid-life update is unveiled at next month’s New York Motor Show.

The original ASX (pictured here), which currently claims around 16 percent of the small SUV segment in Australia, was introduced to the local market back in mid 2010, meaning the update comes only two years since the model was launched.

Mitsubishi Australia’s corporate communications manager, Caitlin Beale, confirmed to CarAdvice that the update will be mainly cosmetic in nature with no changes to the vehicle’s engine and transmission lineup. We believe new front and rear fascias are a given and suspect Mitsubishi will improve interior equipment levels as well. We’ve also heard the ASX’s CVT transmission calibration and rear suspension will see minor changes.

The updated 2013 Mitsubishi ASX is expected to land in Mitsubishi dealerships in August, ahead of the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander which is expected early next year. It seems the option for an automatic diesel is still off the cards and the ASX range will continue with a 2.0-litre petrol (110kw and 197Nm) and a 1.8-litre diesel (110kW and 300Nm), which is available only with a six-speed manual transmission.

The updates will see Mitsubishi push harder into the ever growing SUV segment in Australia.