Mitsubishi unveiled the ‘new’ ASX on the 21st, and it couldn’t be clearer that it is a rebadge of Renault’s Captur. The badge-engineered crossover is said to be for European markets, with no further announcements on whether it will be available in other regions. Developed under the Common Module Family platform, the small SUV has received slight alterations to fit in with Mitsubishi’s lineup.
Slight changes include the remodeling of the grille to better suit Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design language, as well as door emblems. In place of the Renault badge is the reverse camera, and a lettering of the brand’s name. Engine options are no different than what is offered on the original car, with a 1.0-liter three cylinder making 90 horsepower, a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline four with a mild hybrid system making 155 horsepower, and at the top-of-the-line, a 1.6-liter 4 cylinder that has two electric motors, making 144 horsepower. A manual six speed transmission comes as standard, with an optional seven speed auto for the hybrids. Interior luxuries include a digital speedometer, a 9 inch portrait infotainment system with Android Auto, and ambient lighting. Safety features include emergency brake assist and active lane keeping. High-end trims get the MI-PILOT feature, where a combined use of the systems allow for less driver control.
p class=”MsoNormal”>Prices have yet to be revealed, and will be available in European dealerships in March 2023 where Mitsubishis are still sold. While it is a viable sale for markets that haven’t received the original second generation Captur, it is a questionable rebadge from Mitsubishi that was dropped out of nowhere from a virtual release. Whether or not it will sell well enough is another doubt.
(Images sourced from Mitsubishi)