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by Tim Beissmann

Update: Mitsubishi ASX Review.

Mitsubishi Australia has confirmed its all-wheel drive compact-crossover vehicle, the Mitsubishi ASX, will go on sale in Australia in August.

Short for “Active Smart Crossover”, Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited president and CEO, Masahiko Takahashi, said the ASX would be a unique addition to the local range.

“The ASX is primarily a city car – very stylish and manoeuvrable around town – and the adoption of the European brand name reflects this.

“But ASX is more than just a pretty face.  It also has the added benefit of being very smart, especially in terms of the technology that drives its engineering, design and all-wheel drive ability,” Mr Takahashi said.

Based on the Concept-cX show car first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007, the ASX is already available in Japan and Europe with a range of drivetrains and the choice of two- and all-wheel drive.

Mistubishi Australia is yet to reveal full specifications for the local ASX range, but has confirmed that it will offer both petrol and diesel engines.

In the UK, the ASX is powered by a 1.8-litre direct-injection turbodiesel and a 1.6-litre petrol engine and. Both are brand new and Euro-5 compliant.

Mitsubishi UK claims it is the first time a variable valve system has been incorporated into a diesel passenger car, while the petrol engine emits just 135g/km CO2.

The 1.8 is mated to a six-speed manual and a choice of two- and all-wheel drive, while the 1.6 comes standard with a five-speed manual.

Other features on the UK-spec ASX include Automatic Stop & Go, regenerative braking, Hill Start Assist and seven airbags.

The Japanese version of the ASX, the RVR, comes with a 1.8-litre petrol engine mated to a CVT transmission.

If Mitsubishi Australia decides to place the ASX in direct competition with the similarly sized Nissan Dualis, expect a starting price around $25,000 from August.




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