Five-seater on sale in UK this summer
2 March 2010

This is the Mitsubishi ASX compact crossover, a Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai iX35 rival which whas been unveiled at the Geneva motor show.

The ASX is European-spec version of the all-new Japanese RVR. The five-seater is slated to go on sale in Japan from February 2010 and the UK this summer.

Mitsubishi ASX pics

At 4300mm long it’s slightly shorter than a Qashqai or a Focus. It’s based on the same platform as the Lancer, and should be available with four-wheel drive.

The best-selling engine is expected to be an all-new Euro 5-compliant 1.8-litre turbocharged direct-injection diesel with stop-start technology, which will be linked to a six-speed gearbox.

The ASX was originally show as the cX concept in 2008, but the production car is far more conventional than the show car. Nevertheless, it retains some of the concept’s detailing, such as the sharp crease running from the front wings into the rear doors.

The ASX is part of the firm’s plan to move away from the image of a manufacturer of big SUVs as it repositions itself as a maker of smaller, more efficient cars.

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19 January 2010

The side view shows a conventional SUV that looks quite good, if anonymous, and then you see the front view......now, I realise that manufacturers want their cars to stand out from the crowd, but this is ridiculous. I had thought that Peugeot had the ugliest front on sale at the moment but this surpasses it completely. This Mitsubishi will have to be a great car to overcome such a handicap in the looks department.


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19 January 2010

For this type of car, its pretty good looking (apart from the dark tinted rear windows). With decent engines and sensible prices i supect they will have a hit on their hands

19 January 2010

Perhaps it will look better in black...

19 January 2010

Agree with the above, but i do applaud their downsizing strategy.

19 January 2010

This front-end may look good on one condition - the frame will be painted black and so will the entire car. On the whole, it looks promising.

19 January 2010

Jeez, it's no Shogun, is it? Not pretty and too car-like. After designing the Mk2 Shogun Mitsubishi seems to handed design over to a former Honda employee! After this winter lots of people will be interested in small real 4x4s, and maybe that's why the forthcoming Land Rover 2-door 4x4 (touted as being called Range Rover) will clean up. Mitsubishi lost the plot some time back, and this effort reinforces that. Shame.

20 January 2010

G'day from down under to all U.K contributers to this article.

Firstly unlike some others here I will remain objective and unbias in my comments.

Mitsubishi is arguably one of the most innovative motor manufactureres on Earth and I feel that to unjustifiably bash them over mentioned matters here isnt ethical.

The current "jet fighter" nose design is the new family look and I personally like it, its both agressive and stunning.

Mitsubishi's designs are fresh and contemporary and negative criticism here wont make a diference as Mitsubishi sales are growing world wide.

Pajero has been a world wide hit for decades as have other models such as the Lancer Evo etc, etc, etc. Mitsubishi certainly dont need me to stick up for them, infact I dont even own a Mitsubishi and furthermore world wide journalists and owners agree that the engineering and over products are brilliant.

Geez even Jeremy Clarkson has been impressed and thats saying something.

For anyone making rediculous statements that Mitsubishi has lost the plot must have an agenda.

Mitsubishi has been creating innovative new vehicles and will continue to do so and I also look forward to the new i-Miev mass production electric vehicle that the world cant wait to get their hands on, in fact thousands of order's have already been placed.

Thanks to all for making worthwhile contributions here and GO MITSUBISHI!.

20 January 2010

[quote Steven A]Firstly unlike some others here I will remain objective and unbias in my comments.[/quote]

[quote Steven A]The current "jet fighter" nose design is the new family look and I personally like it, its both agressive and stunning.[/quote] [quote Steven A]infact I dont even own a Mitsubishi and furthermore world wide journalists and owners agree that the engineering and over products are brilliant.[/quote] [quote Steven A]Geez even Jeremy Clarkson has been impressed and thats saying something. For anyone making rediculous statements that Mitsubishi has lost the plot must have an agenda.[/quote] [quote Steven A]Mitsubishi has been creating innovative new vehicles and will continue to do so and I also look forward to the new i-Miev mass production electric vehicle that the world cant wait to get their hands on, in fact thousands of order's have already been placed.[/quote] [quote Steven A]Thanks to all for making worthwhile contributions here and GO MITSUBISHI!.[/quote]

Objective and unbiased? OK then.


20 January 2010

The only thing stopping this car from being lost in a crowd is the new wide mouthed grill on the front. This new corporate front end works much better on the Lancer than it does here. The rest of the car is unassuming.

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