What is it?
This is the most important global car to come out of Mitsubishi Motors for five years.
The sharply styled ASX is a compact crossover that squarely targets the similar-size Nissan Qashqai. After our brief test drive in Tokyo, we’d say its chances are fair, thanks to a solid chassis, well constructed interior and superb ride and comfort levels.
European-spec cars will get a choice of either a 1.6-litre petrol engine or an all-new 1.8-litre, Euro5-compliant turbodiesel mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with ‘Auto-Stop-and-Go’. Two and four-wheel-drive options will be offered on the diesel but the petrol variant will be front-drive only.
Our test car was a four-wheel-drive, Japan-only model (called the RVR), powered by a 136bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine with a CVT auto ’box.
What's it like?
The five-seat RVR reaches 60mph from rest in 9.0sec, so it’s no bullet, but it goes about its business quietly thanks to clever noise and vibration isolation and a ride quality that is superior to that of the Qashqai.