Pricing and specifications for the refreshed 2020 Mitsubishi ASX have finally been confirmed, with the updated range launching from $24,990 drive-away with standard autonomous emergency braking.
As previously reported, the facelifted ASX gets its most comprehensive design overhaul since it first debuted nearly a decade ago.
Key changes include a completely new nose with Mitsubishi's 'Dynamic Shield' design language – already seen on the Eclipse Cross, Outlander, Triton and Pajero Sport – incorporating new headlights, grille, bumpers, and fog-lights.
The changes are less pronounced at the rear, with new LED tail-lights and a revised bumper with skid plate insert.
Above: Overseas model interior shown
Inside, all models get a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with DAB radio, while the flagship Exceed model adds a Rockford premium audio system and in-built TomTom navigation.
New safety technologies across the line-up include autonomous emergency braking and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, previously limited to the ADAS package which was optional on base variants.
There's still an extra-cost ADAS package for ES models ($2500), which brings the full gamut of assistance kit like lane departure warning, auto high-beam, reverse sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist. Rounding out the optional pack are front fog-lights, door mirrors with turn indicators, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights.
Changes have been made under the bonnet, too. Gone is the previous model's available 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, in its place a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine shared with the larger Outlander. It's only available with the top-spec GSR and Exceed trims.
Outputs are rated at 123kW and 222Nm, up 13kW and 25Nm on the base 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol. All versions bar the entry-level ES come with a CVT automatic as standard, with the price leader offering a five-speed manual.
Two new sport-themed variants will be available from December, too – the MR and GSR – reviving a pair of sporting badges for the Japanese brand. There's also a new Sunshine Orange (pictured) exterior paint option for GSR and Exceed models.
"The ASX is one of the most important cars in the Mitsubishi range. It has managed to outperform a number of its peers as one of the best cars in the segment," said Derek McIlroy, marketing and operations deputy director for Mitsubishi Australia.
"One of the reasons for this is that it has evolved with changes to interior and exterior styling, the addition of safety technologies and now the introduction of the 2.4L to the ASX range. We aim to ensure the ASX continues to meet the demands of our customers, allowing them to pack life in."
The MY20 changes should help maintain the ASX's dominance on the sales charts. So far in 2019 there have been 16,171 registrations year-to-date as of September 30, up 9.8 per cent on the same period last year, firmly cementing its place as Australia's favourite small SUV.
See below for the full pricing and specifications breakdown.
2020 Mitsubishi ASX pricing and features
ES - $24,990/$26,740 drive-away (5MT/CVT)
- Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
- 7 airbags
- Active Stability Control
- Traction control
- Hill start assist
- 18-inch Alloy wheels
- LED headlights with integrated Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
- LED brake, tail and reverse lamps
- Rear spoiler with LED stop lamp
- Leather wrapped steering wheel
- Single-zone climate control
- Cruise control
- Door mirrors with electric fold control
- 8-inch smartphone touchscreen audio
- DAB radio
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Electrochromatic rear view mirror
- Reverse Camera
ADAS safety pack - $2500 for ES
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Change Assist
- Blind Spot Warning
- Reverse Sensors
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Auto High Beam
- Front Fog lamps
- Door mirrors with turn indicator
- Rain sensing wipers
- Dusk sensing headlamps
LS - $30,240 drive-away (CVT)
Key specifications over ES with ADAS pack
- Smart key and one touch start
- Roof rails
- Privacy glass
- Chrome interior door handles
Exceed - $35,740 drive-away (CVT)
Key specifications over LS
- 2.4L MPI MIVEC engine
- Two tone 18-inch alloy wheels
- Dark argent radiator grille
- Auto headlamp levelling
- Panoramic roof
- Leather-appointed seats
- Heated seats
- Driver 4-way power seat
- TomTom navigation
- Rockford Fosgate Premium audio with 9 speakers
MR - $TBA (Arriving December)
Key specifications over ES
- Black alloy wheels
- Black door mirrors
- Black grille
- Privacy Glass
- Front Fog lamps
- Leather appointed steering wheel, shift knob & park brake with red stitch
- Aluminium pedals
- Smart key with one touch start
GSR - $TBA (Arriving December)
Key specifications over MR
- 2.4L MPI MIVEC engine
- Sports rear spoiler
- Paddle shift
- Micro suede and synthetic leather seating
- Black interior headlining
- 6 speakers