Mitsubishi RVR on sale in Japan; ASX coming to UK this summer
22 February 2010

More pictures of the Mitsubishi RVR have been released - and the Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai iX35 rival will go on sale in the UK as the Mitsubishi ASX this summer.

The RVR was put on sale in Japan last week, and a five-seat European version of the car will arrive in the UK this summer.

See Mitsubishi RVR pictures

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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22 February 2010

What a new car. Its just as good looking as the Nissan. Look though its an Evo as a hatch. Know another manufacturer that did the same? Subaru Impreza of course. That thing is really ugly, apart from the Ken Block's mad modified version. RVR as a name though? C'mon Mitsubishi give it a better name than that. That is rubbish. It looks like all manufacturers are trying on the BMW 1-series "look". The Qashqai, RVR, and iX35 are the same in a nutshell. All these cars evolved from the humble hatchback like the Focus and Golf to the C-Max and Golf Plus to these evolutions that we call crossovers. Its a strange world we now live in with micro city cars, crossovers, 4x4 coupes and coupe saloons. Every car manufacturer wants their slice of the action, but some specialist makers are going back to their roots like Ferrari and Lotus. Also there are companies looking to the future like Toyota, Honda and Mercedes. Soon we will be in an environment when these future cars will have their own niches, but as today is looking bleak, so is the future for some manufacturers. Some have gone bust then been saved by the governments or saved by another car manufacturer. Will the niche factor expire? Never at this rate

23 February 2010

Nice to see it's getting the Evo's snout. Otherwise incredibly bland and unimaginative. I never thought I'd find myself defending the BMW X1, but at least it looks purposeful and characterful from all angles. This? No thanks.

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