Some styling changes and a new touchscreen for Mitsubishi's top-selling crossover, due here in Q3
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The top-selling Mitsubishi ASX small crossover is about to get another facelift, though this one appears to be a little more substantial than some of the running changes we’ve seen over its nearly 10-year life cycle.

The updated model will appear for the first time at the Geneva motor show in March, alongside a mysterious Mitsubishi concept called Engelberg.

Billed as the 2020 ASX, the obvious area of difference is the styling. That bluffer and bolder new ‘Dynamic Shield’ nose design has a lot of the new Triton about it. The bonnet is edgier, the grille and headlights sleeker, and the lower bumper more modern.

The re-skin doesn’t seem to mess with the side profile, but there are new LED combination lights (indicator signals excluded) at the rear, plus a new lower skid plate. There are also new colours called Sunshine Orange, Red Diamond and Oak Brown.

Inside, the general layout is familiar but there’s a new centre touchscreen measuring eight-inches rather than seven-inches. The system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and apparently allows you watch videos stored on USB (when the car is stopped).

You might rightly expect this system to roll across into other Mitsubishis soon, potentially including the MY20 Pajero Sport upgrade that we've seen undergoing testing.

Pictured: 2020 Mitsubishi ASX top v 2019 ASX bottom

There aren’t any mechanical changes, meaning the 2.0-litre petrol engine making 110kW and 197Nm remains, matched to a CVT automatic or (on the base grade) a five-speed manual. The ritzier Eclipse Cross’s 1.5-litre turbo remains exclusive to that car, and the former all-wheel drive diesel remains absent.

However, you might expect some active safety tech features to proliferate across the ASX range in greater detail, including Forward Collision Mitigation (AEB). We don’t know the specific Australian-market spec updates just yet.

Despite getting a little long in the tooth, the ASX is Australia’s most popular small SUV, with more than 19,000 units sold in 2018. Much of that is down to its sharp pricing (from $23,990 drive-away) and cabin space, against rivals like the Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Kona. That, plus obvious reliability.

Pictured: 2020 Mitsubishi ASX top v 2019 ASX bottom

When combined with the edgier, more powerful and more expensive Eclipse Cross (which shares essentially the same platform), Mitsubishi commanded an impressive 21.6 per cent Small SUV segment share last year.

Australia:

The 2020 Mitsubishi ASX hits Australia from around July/August this year.